noone admires the chamelion on the field of battle.

OK, I’m opinionated. I get that. In fact over the last few weeks when I wasn’t writing as fast as possible on any number of projects I have thankfully been a part of, I was arguing.

And of course, now I’m in trouble again.

Ok, I’m being selfish, because normally I’ve got this whole blog thing to talk to a whole lot of people, and right now I’m going to use it to think out loud, because I need to think out loud, because things – thoughts – are becoming rarer and rarer in the world, and words are being co-opted and corrupted.  And now that I’m here I don’t want to tell the story.

What I really wanted was some understanding, or maybe respect, that I would not have a knee jerk reaction without some cause – but perhaps I am the type given to knee jerking. Truth is I have been so busy I haven’t had time to update a damn thing other than my twitter status, and precious little time in the last week to actually write and the waves of creativity are not gentle things. They are eroding the walls of my sanity as they are given tidal force by the lunar gravity of my deadlines.


Fine. Here it is: Be who you are. Always be who you are.

Speak honestly. For the unconvinced respect honesty. Speak Truth. The curious respect the truth. Speak proudly. Listeners will know if you fear their attention.

Do not water down who you are or what you stand for, for every time you patch your coat with words of convince, you leave loose threads that can be pulled by the opposition.

And do not be fooled: Your opposition will lie. They will demonize you and they will ridicule you. They will say you stand for any -ism that strikes fear in your shared audience. They will even say you are in league with death itself.

But it does not matter. You must stand proudly and speak the truth honestly.

You see on the arena of debate, the language is the field of battle. The very second you allow your enemy to control the use of language, you have seceded all ground to their cause. The moment you allow your enemy to control the language, you have lost the war because your every victory will be tainted, every yard gained rewritten as lost. Do not allow them to hang their signs on you, to label you, for they bear you no love, and only seek to mark you as a target.

History is full of examples… but it does not matter. You must stand proudly and speak the truth honestly.

And there it is. I know it makes sense to absolutely nobody out there – well, maybe 1 person – but no matter what it’s going to be a cold night.

In happier news, Balticon is just six weeks away, and with it the release of Dragon’s Lure and BAd Ass Faeries #3, new anthologies from Dark Quest Books.

Title: Dragon’s Lure

Series: Legends of a New Age

Volume: One

Publisher: Dark Quest Books,

Trim Size: 6 x 9

Page Count: to come

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-0-9826197-9-7

Here There Be Dragons!

What is the deal with virgins?

Why would a dragon want to swallow the moon?

Is a bed of treasure really to be desired?

At long last a collection that delves in the lore on what lures a dragon. We bring you nineteen tempting tales of draconic wonder–along with the lyrics to two classic and much-beloved songs–certain to broaden your understanding of these legendary creatures that have fascinated mankind throughout time and across cultures.

Trek across a dragon’s dream space in C.E. Murphy’s Perchance to Dream…Take wing in Misty Massey’s Flying Away Home…and the burning question in Vonnie Winslow Crist’s Weathermaker…got milk? Everything you wanted to know about dragons, but no one has survived to ask…

With stories by John Grant, Vonnie Winslow Crist, Patrick Thomas, James Chambers, Misty Massey, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Mike Penncavage, C.E. Murphy, Hildy Silverman, Bernie Mojzes, Randy Farran, C.J. Henderson, Claire Stephens McMurray, Robert E. Waters, D.C. Wilson, Jean Marie Ward, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Anna Yardney, Jeffrey Lyman, James Daniel Ross, and David B. Coe, this is a tome you are sure to treasure!


Baited Breath, by John Grant

Weathermaker, by Vonnie Winslow Crist

The Gargler’s Game, by Patrick Thomas

He Who Burns, by James Chambers

Flying Away Home, by Misty Massey

Among the Ember Oaks, by Danielle Ackley-McPhail

The Bakunawa, by Mike Penncavage

Perchance to Dream, by CE Murphy

Off-the-Wagon Dragon, by Hildy Silverman

Thus The Trap, by Bernie Mojzes

The Dragon Song, by Randy Farran

Point of Etiquette , by CJ Henderson

The Dragon’s Retorte, by Claire Stephens McMurray

Red Dragon Symphony, by Robert E. Waters

The Fall Of Teotihuacan, by DC Wilson

Lord Bai’s Discovery, by Jean Marie Ward

Fire in the Hole, by Keith RA DeCandido

Drawing Fire, by Anna Yardney

The Dog and Pony and Dragon Show, by Jeffrey Lyman

Red Talons, by James Daniel Ross

The Dragon Muse, by David B. Coe

Launch Details:

Those Bad-Ass Faeries Are Back…

And They’ve Brought Friends!

Join Us for the Legendary Triple Launch:

Bad-Ass Faeries 3: In All Their Glory

Dragon’s Lure, and New Blood

The Garden Room

Sunday, May 30th, 7pm to 9pm

Readings, Fun, Prizes, and way too many
editors and contributors to name

See the Sidhe na Daire/Dark Quest Table

in the front corner of the dealer’s room

for more details.

Web Links:

Stop by and pick up a copy, or order from


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