Author Archives: BT

COVID, Hobbits, and Intergalactic Medicine

Fear is the mind-killer. Yes, we’re in the midst of a pandemic that isn’t to be taken lightly, but raiding grocery store shelves and hoarding months’ worth of supplies is only making things worse. Be mindful that other people need … Continue reading

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Death on the Nefertem Express

It’s remarkable what several bottles of wine on a train can do for you. As a kid, I grew up on a steady diet of mystery fiction. My mother was an aficionado of Daphne Du Maurier and Agatha Christie, which … Continue reading

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If You Want to be a Writer, You Need to Write

There’s a whiff of Zen about the statement. An apparent invite to “Thanks Captain Obvious” quips. Yet recent conversations with fellow writers both aspiring and professional has led me to the same conversational eddy, a kind of black hole accretion … Continue reading

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Mike Resnick, Tunnels, Ferryman

On January 9th of this year, my friend and sci-fi superstar Mike Resnick died from an aggressive form of lymphoma. Mike was a colossus in the field, a mentor to countless many, and a man of continual generosity. His contributions … Continue reading

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2019 Year in Review

In 2019 I spent time in Bermuda, took a group cruise with cherished friends, visited New York City and Virginia, and celebrated the holiday at St. Clement’s Castle. I attended SoonerCon in Oklahoma where I participated in and moderated several … Continue reading

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Travels through Italy

A year ago I took my parents and girlfriend to Italy, though never ended up blogging about it. Perhaps it’s the barren look of Connecticut in December, or grim contemplations on America, that have me reflecting on our tour of … Continue reading

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October Cryptozoology

Here in New England, it’s the month of apple-picking and pumpkin-selecting, sweet ciders, freshly baked pies, autumn harvests, local honey, hayrides, and trees spreading bright phoenix-wings. I have two announcements to kick things off. The first is the sale of … Continue reading

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September in Three Photos

This month, business took me to Virginia, and while I expected to find plenty of fascinating Revolutionary War walkabouts and delicious hams, I found myself unexpectedly marveling at their highway technology… Returning to Connecticut, I found this waiting for me… … Continue reading

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“Crash-Site” wins the 2019 Readers’ Choice Award, plus some words on research

A couple news items to start the August update: I was notified a few days ago that I sold my story “Tunnels” to Third Flatiron’s Longevity-themed anthology. Readers may recall how my June blog post referenced a new story idea … Continue reading

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Writing on Assignment

Over the past few years, I’ve had the good fortune of appearing in 23 professional anthologies. Roughly a third of them were the result of an editor inviting me to submit a story and, as is common with anthologies, this … Continue reading

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