Monthly Archives: August 2010

Ignore this

Hey, really, ignore this. I’m just testing to see if this post on WordPress will automatically be picked up by my FaceBook page.

Yep. It does. Now what happens if I edit it in WordPress? Huh. The edits don’t show up. That could be BAD. 🙂

Harlan Ellison

Yesterday I watched Harlan Ellison: Dreams with Sharp Teeth, a film that covers much of Ellison’s life and work. The man is undeniably and extremely talented, and the film is entertaining, spanning a wide range of topics–much as Ellison’s writing and activism have spanned a range reminiscent of the Rockies.

DVD cover for Harlan Ellison: Dreams with Sharp Teeth

Among the topics: fandom, childhood, civil rights, TV’s harmful effects, social conformity versus individuality, what it takes to be a writer, religion versus atheism, one’s right to an opinion, anti-intellectualism, life as conflict, the pro-corporate climate at colleges today compared to colleges in the sixties, Hollywood’s mistreatment of writers, getting paid for what you do, cranky old Judaism, love, and lots and lots of anger.

I’m toying with the idea of focusing a section of College Writing R1A on Ellison. Certainly his writing models persuasion as well as masterful prose, so there’s plenty to chew on both analytically and argumentatively.

We could follow Harlan’s advice: “You must never be afraid to go there.”

If you are interested in the film, you can find it on Amazon. The listing includes a video clip you can watch before buying the film.


Free electronic samples of my Liminal Eyes and Other Unsettling Tales are now available on Smashwords!

If you like the sample, you can buy the entire collection in electronic form for only $2.99.

And while you’re there, you might also want to take a look at the free electronic samples of my YA science fiction novel, Bead’s Pickle. A little bit funny, a little bit creepy, and a whole lot of feel-good: check it out!


I’m getting ready for a new experiment: publishing two of my books in electronic form, using Smashwords. The process is kind of slow, so it’ll be awhile before they’re available for purchase on the iPad and Kindle (among other platforms).

I’ll price them low (bargain! bargain!) and will let you know when they’re ready.