On Near Beer

NearBeerFound amidst the ruins of one man’s tastebuds:

“Journal entry, May 8th: 

It has been three days since I’ve consumed alcohol. Bourbon calls out to me in dreams, tempting me in a voice that sounds like Ashley Judd’s soft Kentucky drawl. From within the darkened recesses of my kitchen cabinets Single Malts distilled on Islay scream like Mel Gibson in BRAVEHEART: “Freedom!” they call, and it is all I can do to not heed their Read the rest

Recent news events and unfashionable thoughts on male aggression

LeviathanHere, have some unfashionable thoughts about human nature after listening to the terrible news out of Nigeria today (and the burgeoning international response to it). Now, as you read this, please take care to read what I actually wrote, and not what you think I wrote. This is an observation about men. It does not, even by implication, make any observations about women. Further, these are generalities, and, as is the case with all generalities, Read the rest

An open letter to my Star Wars and Forgotten Realms readers

TheHammer&theBlade(corrected)So, I’ve written tie-in fiction in Star Wars and the Forgotten Realms, two settings that I well and truly love in a way that’s probably illegal in a few of the southern states.  Those books have sold really well.  And there’s nothing that brings a pinpoint of feeble light to the otherwise dark pit of my soul more than having my stories read.  That said, it has come to the attention of management that some … Read the rest

My next Star Wars novel announced — Lords of the Sith

My next Star Wars novel was announced today (press release here).  This is the cover.  Just.  Look.  At.  It.


Now, I actually wanted to title the novel, “Force Lightning, Mofos!” but that idea was not well received.  :-)

A blurb from Del Rey:

When the Emperor and his notorious apprentice, Darth Vader, find themselves stranded in the middle of insurgent action on an inhospitable planet, they must rely solely on each other, Read the rest

Twitter Discourse on the Financial Realities of Midlist Writing

money_36d31So, I recently went on in a, well, let’s call it a somewhat wordy series of tweets about writing and money and my experience with those subjects.  I know talking about filthy luchre is sometimes considered gauche or boastful (I don’t make enough for it to be the latter!), or what-have-you.  But a fair number of folks seemed interested in the information, particularly new and aspiring writers, so I compiled the substance of those tweets … Read the rest

The Supreme Court: Some thoughts on McCutcheon v. FEC

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASCOTUS just handed down McCutcheon, on the all too usual 5-4 basis, striking down aggregate limits in campaign contributions. You can read the opinions here, but I’ll paraphrase Roberts’ opinion: “One dollar, one vote, bitches! Next case!”

I keed. It’s actually a fairly strong opinion, and this comes from someone who’s sympathetic to the notion that money has outsize influence in our politics.

I read Breyer’s dissent and, well, it’s not as strong. And … Read the rest

Crossing the Streams Contest Winners

And lo, I have randomly selected the two winners from the Crossing the Streams contest.  These two showed their grit and mettle on Otherearth by pulping their opponents with a bologna-filled tube sock.  Kudos to you both.

So, the winners are:

1.  Logan Moline, a/k/a “The Goresoaked Reaver,” who won a copy of A Discourse in Steel; and

2.  Meagan, a/k/a “The Merciless Lady M,” who won a copy of Deceived.… Read the rest

Online Birthday Party and Egil and Nix Book Bomb

TheHammer&theBlade(corrected)So, in about two weeks, on April 3rd, I’ll turn 45. As most of you know, the Numenorean blood in my veins grants me extraordinary longevity, which means I’m about 1/5 of the way through my lifespan. I think when I’m about 230 or so I’ll consume the souls of my enemies and become an immortal lich. I may also buy an RV at that time (Silverfish, mofos!). But all that’s neither here nor there.… Read the rest

P90X3 (and X and X2) Results Pics with Star Wars accompaniment

Previous fitness posts are here.  You should read them (cuz they’re funny) but I’ll summarize.

About a year and half ago I had my tonsils removed. This sucked, impinging as it did on my Dorito consumption. But the upside of bleeding from the throat, enduring great pain, and therefore being unable to eat anything that didn’t come in a container with a Quaker on it, was that I lost about ten pounds.  When I … Read the rest