I keep beginning this post and then deleting my progress, only to start over again – because I find it tedious when people make posts about all the super-secret things they can’t post about. And yet, here I am. And here I go: It’s been a busy few days, but mostly it’s been busy with things that cannot yet be blogged for public consumption.

Suffice it to say that big things are in the works, and I’ll tell you all about them when I can. But for now, I’m really very busy Taking Care Of Business over here, so posting/tweeting/facebooking might be light for a few days.


Today I cleaned out Ziggy’s tank for the first time since we brought him home. He was a huge drama queen about it; I gently scooped him into a Ziplock baggie for low-stress safekeeping while I scrubbed his homestead, but you would’ve thought I was dangling him over a blender and saying nasty things about his mother. Finally, he gave up – and so great was his exhaustion and existential angst, that he flopped at the bottom of the baggie and played dead.

Yet remarkably, when he was reintroduced to his squeaky-clean quarters, he fluffed back up again and now appears just freaking fine, thank you very much. But he still wants me to fuck right off. The nerve of me, maintaining his hygiene and comfort. Clearly I am some sort of monster.

(He is very, very good at expressing disapproval … particularly for a creature without any eyebrows.)


And now it is time for links. Why? Because they’ve been piling up on my Twitter channel and if I don’t unload them here, I will forget about them. That’s why.

  • A truer comic was never drawn – On Seattle weather, a local artist nails it. I feel peculiarly vindicated.

  • It’s steampunk week at Stellar Four – They’re giving away a prize pack, including some goodies from yours truly. Go click and learn how to enter.

  • Vampire Librarian likes Bloodshot – I, for one, am glad to see that even in these troubled economic times, the undead are finding gainful employment.

  • Fan creates an RPG (based off the FATE platform) for Dreadnought – A couple of people pointed me at this in case I wanted to get righteously indignant re: copyright infringement, but they needn’t have bothered. I think this is super-cool! The dude in question is just doing this for giggles, playing with his friends. I’m always flattered when readers are so inspired that they want to participate in the story.

To give that last bullet point a little more meat, let me add this with regards to fan-created derivative works: If you want to draw characters, or create casual games for non-commercial use, or make costumes, or whatever when it comes to my Clockwork Century stories … that’s wild! Knock yourself out. Have a wonderful time, and feel free to send me pictures.

But fan-fiction is a slightly different story, in that I can get in trouble for reading it. (There are legal reasons that I must stay the hell away from it.) However, there’s not really anything I can do to stop anybody from writing it – and frankly, I have better things to do with my time than yell at people on the internet.

So all I ask is that if you do write your own stories using my world-setting or characters, please (a). don’t turn a profit on them, and (b). don’t show them to me. Kindly respect these two requests, and I won’t feel obligated to chase you down and fuss at you.