Category Archives: Books

My Wife’s First Book Release

After years of helping others get their sci/fi and fantasy books out into the world as the editor at Pyr, my wife has published her own book, Strangehold (Crosshold of Worlds Book 1), an urban fantasy novella. I’ve been sitting on … Continue reading

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An Oasis in the Desert

It’s not a real game, but the Alabama Spring scrimmage was last weekend. If you saw it, as a fan, you’d likely have been simultaneously thrilled about our downfield passing and concerned about how our defensive backs covered the long … Continue reading

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Recipes for Thee, But Not for Me.

About fifteen or sixteen years ago, my wife and I had a few friends over for dinner. Among the guests was a woman who we’ll call Emily, because that is what I assume her parents named her. At the very … Continue reading

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Episode #198: A Published Author Actually Talks to Me!

I got a chance to ask a few questions of Monte Burke, author of the recent Saban: The Making of a Coach after a mini-tirade by Saban himself on the subject of “unauthorized biographies” thrust the book into the spotlight. … Continue reading

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The Ecstasy of Mark Halperin

“I don’t want to repeat my innocence.” F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote. “I want the pleasure of losing it again.” It’s from This Side of Paradise and remains one of my favorite lines from the genre that includes Look Homeward Angel, … Continue reading

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How to Dominate Social Media and Influence People

I’m not certain why websites run international stories in their regional editions, but that’s just what the International Business Times did. In their Australian edition they ran a story about Twitter earners which claims that according to Forbes, over the … Continue reading

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Let’s Ban Some Books

I read A. Barton Hinkle’s latest, Why Sermons, Tweets, and Campus Speech Are Targets of Liberal Censorship Attempts, at reason.com this morning. I’ve got some basic problems with the article, among them that until recently “censorship was a largely conservative … Continue reading

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A Question of Plagiarism.

What is to be done with an ostensibly original phrase or sentence that sounds oddly familiar. Unease at the possibility that the bit came from an article or book read years ago and over time crept into your argumentative arsenal … Continue reading

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No Longer In Repose

I let the blog go. I even let the domain lapse. Had you been a bit more alert, gentle reader, you could have usurped my domain name and ruled mightstainyourshirt.com in your own right, but you had your chance. I’m … Continue reading

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Some Things of Interest 12/7/12: Have A Greasy Kind of Christmas

John Travolta and Olivia Newton John are back! Ever since 1978 when they taught a generation of young girls that the only way to get the guy is to stop being yourself and just dress like a tramp, fans have … Continue reading

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