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Beginnings

November 1, 2009

I’m up early because of the clocks changing and my son wanting to watch cartoons.  While waiting for the coffee to kick in, I thought I would do something marginally useful.  So I started a blog.  This one, just in case there’s any confusion.

It occurs to me that 11/1, or perhaps 1/11 for those so inclined, is a fine day for beginnings.  New month, new year for some, lots of ones in the date.

So, I write for a living.  That’s a trick answer to a trick question.  The vast majority of my income comes to me from a large, benign corporation (as corporations go) which hired me to write stuff for them.  A tiny sliver comes to me from places that liked stories I sent them enough to pay me a bit for the chance to publish them.

Two of these places are flashquake and The Shine Journal.  They publish a lot of other people’s stories too.  I like a lot of them, and I think you might too.  Go have a look.  If you really want to see mine, they’re in the Winter 2009 and August 2009 issues respectively.

I started writing for myself in 2001.  In that time I have written four novels, started and abandoned another,  produced a score of decent short stories and a few odd poems.  Right now I mostly write stories falling into the category dubbed Urban Fantasy.  I didn’t name it that.  I prefer Faerie Noir, but it doesn’t get as many hits.  I maintain another blog, which is not really a blog, but a fortune-telling tool, called Jeff Howe’s Bibliomancy Blog.

I started reading many years ago.  I still read, although graduate school almost killed the habit for me.  Most of my favorite authors are dead, which may have something to do with my taste, or just the sheer number of dead authors to pick from. However, I do read and enjoy the works of the living too, though not as many as I should on either count.

Details to follow.

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