About this Blog

I’m a career Army guy nearing retirement and trying to find out what kind of writer I’m going to be when I grow up. I’m currently working on my first book, a science fiction novel, and I turn out the occasional short story. Genres vary.

This blog is where I talk about current events, projects, things I like, and whatever I’m thinking at the moment.

I do a little narrating for audio fiction podcasts when I can. I’m a runner, biker, musician, and can’t seem to get enough to read.

My favorite thing about maintaining a blog is when you, Dear Reader, stop in to leave a comment or suggestion.

3 responses to “About this Blog

  1. Hi Steven,

    Based on your thoughtful Amazon review of The Steampunk Bible, I’m contacting you to see if you would be interested in reviewing the just-published Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos: A Maker’s Guide to Creating Modern Artifacts by Thomas Willeford.

    This full-color maker’s guide offers a view into the wondrous world of Thomas Willeford, aka Lord Archibald “Feathers” Featherstone, who shares his closely guarded secrets of Steampunkery. Filled with do-it-yourself projects Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos shows how to build exquisite, ingenious, and one-of-a-kind contraptions and devices on a budget.

    Lord Featherstone distills his wealth of skills, describes how to use the readily available tools of the modern age, and expounds on the art of scavenging unique components and raw materials. The perfect companion for the hobbyist and advanced machinist alike, this inventive guide provides a variety of affordable projects that makers can customize to match their own vision. The author encourages his readers to “make the pieces and go wild combining other found objects and your own creations with the basic structures I show here. Add coils, switches, and old model parts. Make each piece your own invention.”

    Hands-on, step-by-step instructions to the following projects are presented:
    • Aetheric ray deflector solid brass goggles
    • Calibrated indicator gauges
    • Ferromagnetic self-scribing automated encyclopedia (or, the Steampunk book drive)
    • High voltage electro-static cannon (or, the lamp gun)
    • Tesla-pod chrono-static insulating field generator (or, the mobile device enclosure)
    • Altitude mask with integrated respiratory augmentation
    • Armoured pith helmet
    • Mark I superior replacement arm with integrated Gatling gun attachment

    “So now, here’s the guy who makes the stuff that IS the stuff of legend, to tell us how it’s done.” – Kaja Foglio (Girl Genius), in the foreword.
    If you would like to review this book on Amazon and/or your blog, please send your mailing address and I will send a complimentary copy of the book. McGraw-Hill asks only that you send the link to your review when it is posted.
    I look forward to hearing from you. Please contact me with any questions.

    Best,
    Bettina

  2. Hi,

    I just nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award. I was nominated for it recently and you’re one of my nominations at http://dmlbooks.wordpress.com/2012/01/29/the-versatile-blogger-award

    Congratulations!

    The rules of this nomination are as follows.

    1. Thank the award-giver and link back to them in your post.
    2. Share 7 things about yourself.
    3. Pass this award along to 15 others.
    4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.

    Best wishes,

    Dennis M Lane

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