"If your first reaction to an event, comment, or controversy is to threaten violence, I’ll just assume you have no actual argument to make."
— Me

For the Tech of It: Backup

When I was a kid, I sat dutifully at my desk every day, pounding away at my Atari 800XL computer to craft short stories, comic book scripts, and even a novel.

For reasons I don’t recall, all of my computer equipment was plugged into an outlet controlled by my bedroom light switch. Most likely, that was the nearest and most readily available outlet, usable without resorting to a web of extension…

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Boy Toy by Barry Lyga


Genre: Contemporary/Realistic

Josh Mendel has a secret. Unfortunately, everyone knows what it is. Five years ago, Josh’s life changed. Drastically. And everyone in his school, his town—seems like the world—thinks they understand. But they don’t—they can’t. And now, about to graduate from high school, Josh is still trying to sort through the pieces. First there’s Rachel, the girl he thought he’d lost years ago. She’s back, and she’s determined to be part of his life, whether he wants her there or not.Then there are college decisions to make, and the toughest baseball game of his life coming up, and a coach who won’t stop pushing Josh all the way to the brink. And then there’s Eve. Her return brings with it all the memories of Josh’s past. It’s time for Josh to face the truth about what happened. If only he knew what the truth was..

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QuestionThis question comes from a member/audience of dentedlives: Are you planning on doing another short story to forward the release of blood of my blood, as you did the other books? And are you going to release the first 120 pgs of Blood of my Blood, too? Either way: we're very excited to read the book. Based on the experts and stuff, we can tell it'll be good. :) Answer

Good question!

Yes, there will be another short story. To go with the Jazz and Connie prequels, there will be a Howie prequel. It will be titled “Blood Boy.” It’ll be out before September 9.

The publisher makes the decision about how much a preview to release, so I don’t have an answer to your second question. Sorry!


The garunteed way to find an I Hunt Killers fan is to quietly sing “Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls” as slowly and creepily as you can and look around for anyone with a horrified expression



Heh heh heh.

A Cool Apple Ad

A very unusual — for Apple — ad, but very cool nonetheless.

I think that more shocking than Apple celebrating people mucking up Sir Jony’s gorgeous aluminum laptop with their stickers is the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it return of the original, beloved rainbow Apple logo.

(hat tip to The Loop)

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"One thing I have learned through trial and error is to accept that my quality as a father is not defined by a qualitative word. We parents are defined by the aggregate of all of our parenting experiences. At times we are great. At other times we fail miserably. Most of the time we are somewhere in the middle treading water and trying to stay afloat."

29 Essential Pieces of Advice for a New Dad | Mike Heenan

Ostensibly advice to a new father, but it feels very relevant to all parents.



Just a little under 31 years ago, I played a key role in a conspiracy theory that grew up around a passenger plane downed by a Russian missile. Trust me, I did not mean to be involved.

On September 1, 1983, Korean Airlines flight 007, a Boeing 747 with 269 passengers, was shot down over the…

"So today, in the face of a Malaysian Airline crash in the Ukraine—and with all the associated speculation of 24-hour news organizations and the Tweetosphere, my advice is to take a deep breath, count to ten, and know that there is a very good chance that truth in the matter will be forthcoming very soon. And let’s hope that there is no stupid 23-year-old with his finger on an important keyboard in this information chain."

Worth your read…and your consideration.

For the Tech of It: Hardware (Desktop)

My iMac and monitor set-up

I am frequently asked about the tools of the trade. Since writing doesn’t usually involve sawdust or any sort of protective goggles, those tools are pretty much digital. ((I almost never use anything but a computer, from note-taking through to final draft. Occasionally, I’ll jot something down on a piece of paper in the unusual scenario where I can’t get to my phone, but that’s really, really…

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Ghostbusters is returning to theaters for the week of Labor Day.