The Tao of Doo

In his kind and generous review of my first mystery, DEATH NOTICE, author James Reasoner said the plot was vaguely reminiscent of something found in Scooby-Doo, only played seriously. He meant it as a compliment and I took it Read more


Another October, another release date. Since BAD MOON is my second book, you would think I'd be used to it. But nope, I'm not. BAD MOON's publication date feels as surreal as DEATH NOTICE's did last year. For readers, the Read more

Writing With ... Louise Penny

I am thrilled beyond words to welcome one of my favorite writers, Louise Penny, whose Armand Gamache mysteries have appeared on bestseller lists worldwide.  Her last book, BURY YOUR DEAD, won the Ellis for best mystery in Canada, and Read more

Is Browsing Dead?

I'll be the first to admit that I was a nerdy teenager. Not pocket protector nerdy, but no sports star, either. I was bookish, I guess you could say. I read A LOT back then, and nothing pleased me Read more

Why We Left Earth

Outer space has always been a mystery. Even before mankind fully grasped its vastness, they wanted to go there. Early astronomers, fascinated by the stars, invented ways to get a closer view. Think Copernicus, Galileo, Cassini. Writers not content Read more

Wonderful Web

Short-short story contest

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The other day, I was doing a Google search for a topic that I now completely forget. But one of the images Google retrieved was this vintage science fiction cover. It was so cool that I just had to share it.

I’m a sucker for octopi. I’m also a sucker for giant man-eating animals. This cover is the best of both worlds. It makes me want to read that story. Heck, it makes me want to write that story. Other people, I assume, feel the same way.

To that end, I’ve decided to hold my first writing contest.

Here’s how it works. Write a short- short story (500 words or less) about that giant octopus. Send it to I’ll pick the winner and post it on the blog in one month’s time. Entries must be received by Wednesday, July 27.

Need more incentive? The winner will also have an octopus adopted in their name via The World Wildlife Fund. You can learn more about the WWF by going here.

So get writing, Internets! Be creative. Have fun. Impress me. Because if you do, you just might save an octopus.


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Mother’s Day is on Sunday, so I thought I’d share a fun video showing that motherly love comes in all shapes, sizes … and species.