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My hilarious wife sent me this:


Michael spends the day
Answering questions.
"Ask Me Anything!", he says, and they do.
So many curious strangers.
My Monkey, in a Private Zoo.

Is it strange for him?  I wonder.

I have queries of my own.  
So many things I would LOVE to ask 
But the one question that keeps coming to mind is -
"Do you know where my keys are?" 

He probably DOES, too. 

If you’re going to get mocked, I find it’s best in verse.



Ask Me Anything on Reddit

I’m doing an AMA on Reddit right now.  Ask me anything!


Update: The AMA went far better than I had expected, with lots of great questions and comments.  Thanks, Reddit!



Yesterday my wife went out into the wilderness and came back with this:

Best. Wife. Ever.

It’s no secret that I loves me some comics.  Back in the day, when I worked closer to civilization, I was frequently able to trade all my useless money for valuable comics at Keith’s.  It feels good to do that again after all this time.

Speaking of Keith:

In this photo, Keith can be seen in his natural habitat, in the pose I call, “Trust me.  You should totally buy this.”

You wouldn’t believe how many times this worked on me.

TL;DR: Sweet, comics!




Now That’s Art

My new favorite thing on the internet:


You can actually get this amazing piece of art from ArtAkimbo’s Etsy store.  It’s not cheap, but worth every penny.  Apparently they take eight (8!) weeks each to make, which shouldn’t surprise me, considering the level of detail in them.

Lucky I know this exists now, because if there’s one thing my wife is tired of hearing every day, it’s, “Don’t you think the office could use more tentacles?”






Now that people are finishing Bad Radio, they’ve quite naturally been asking politely when the next one is coming out.

To those people, I’d like to say…SOON(tm).  See, there’s good news and bad news.

The bad news is that the second book in the series is scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2012 (which actually isn’t too bad, considering that most series release on an annual schedule).

The good news is that I have another book, Walker, coming out on October 15th.  It isn’t part of this series (I know, boo! Hiss!), but is totally awesome anyway.

But then, I would say that, wouldn’t I…


Release Day at Last!

It took a bit longer than I expected, but Bad Radio is finally up for sale!

It’s in the Kindle store on Amazon today, and should hit the Nook store tomorrow.  Paper is forthcoming, but will take a bit longer as the wraparound jacket art isn’t complete.

While I’m at the mic, I’d like to clutch a hankie and thank the following people for helping me get over the finish line:

Vincent Chong for the amazing cover art.  Odds are that if you like fantasy and sci-fi books, you have his art on your shelves right now.  Frankly, I was damn lucky to get on Vinny’s radar, and it’s only thanks to him that I can finally say I have something in common with Jim Butcher, China Miéville, and Ray Bradbury.  Check his site and marvel at his covers and many, many awards!

Scott Nicholson for his painstaking editing work and making me look good.  Scott is not only a fantastic and thoughtful editor, but an accomplished author as well.  As of this writing, one of his latest books, Ashes, holds the #1 spot in the Kindle store in the Horror/Ghosts category, and #7 overall in Horror outside of the Kindle store.  I can guarantee that any errors you find in this book are my fault, and had already been pointed out to me by Scott.  Twice.

Tina at for going above and beyond on the Kindle and ePub formatting.  I made some “perfectly reasonable” requests, and not only was Tina able to make everything come out better than I had expected, but she also worked through the weekend doing it.  She didn’t even call me any of the entirely accurate and well-deserved names that she could have!

And, of course, my wife Susie.  Also known as my first reader, line-editor, and the smiter-of-inappropriate-commas.  I couldn’t have done it without you.

Thanks, all.

EDIT: I totally forgot to mention Debbie Semple who created the way cool chapter graphic, which is one of my favorite things about the layout.  Sorry, Debbie!


The Last Adopter

I am not an early adopter.

I got my first DVD player so late that when I finally announced to my friends that I had one, I received a round of sarcastic golf-claps.  My first iPod was actually an iPhone.  And all my books are paper.

But today, I got on the trolley only slightly behind everyone else.  Behold, a Kindle!

Yes, yes...we've ALL seen those already

“But Mike,” I imagine you saying. “Why change your cheap, miserly ways now?  Don’t you usually wait until they’re giving whatever it is away in cereal boxes?”

Because I’m a picky bastard, that’s why.  I got my book back from being formatted (by the amazing crew at, and it turns out that ebook formatting can display a little differently on software readers than on an actual ebook.

So, the official story is that I wanted to make sure everything looked right for both software and hardware e-readers.

Unofficially…WHEEEE! A Kindle!



I was sitting at my desk working when my wife sent this picture to my phone.


Apparently, somewhere in the back of the house, there is a Dignity Removal Chamber where both of my dogs are trapped.

I’d go rescue them, but I’m pretty sure I know who will end up being forced to wear the pink sparkle hat if I do.

Godspeed, dogs.  And good luck.