Junkies, here’s a fun bit of how the sausage is made. Del Rey Publishing was cool enough to share with me the full ALONE dust jacket for the hardcover, which is out March 7, 2017. That’s Spingate on the cover (sorry if that’s a spoiler, folks, but ALIVE and Continue Reading →
Points to consider for writers describing people of color
Did you know that certain skin tone descriptions can piss some people right the fuck off?
We contracted a new editor to do the copyedit for my scifi/thriller EARTHCORE (out Nov. 29 in print, eBook and audiobook). This editor did a solid job. She’s quickly getting the hang of my particular style and the Siglerverse as well […]Continue Reading →
Spoiler alert: my friend Shannon died today, after a long battle with multiple cancers. Writing is my life and my therapy. This is me trying to work through some things in the only way I know how. Besides scotch, I mean. Oh, wait, I’m doing both at the same time!
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I.e., "Striking while the iron is hot."
“Hey, Sig, what’s up with the old white dead dude at the top of this page?”
Well, Pilgrim’, we’re making some changes in these here parts. We’re easing up on something that has served us well for a decade so we can better focus on what we do best.
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You can buy my stories if you so choose. Many of you do, and for that I am grateful. Some of you choose instead to listen to the free podcasts. That’s cool, too. The free podcast is kept free via advertising — you know, like every other form of storytelling entertainment. You may have heard […]Continue Reading →
Back in 2005, a devilishly handsome young podcaster was looking for a way to get more fan involvement on his show. He found this crazy site called K7.net, which gave a free 206-area-code number that worked not only as a free fax-to-JPEG service, but also a free call-to-MP3 service. You called the number, left a message, […]Continue Reading →
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The Department of Justice is using an obscure procedure to push through a rule change that will greatly increase law enforcement’s ability to hack into computers located around the world. It’s an update to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. If Congress does nothing, this massive change will automatically go into effect on December 1.
Why you should care about changes to “Rule 41”
It will result in a dramatic increase in government hacking. Here’s an overview of some of the main reasons to be concerned:
- Government agents hacking into computers more frequently is a recipe for disaster. Law enforcement will increase their exploitation of security vulnerabilities in common software products, meaning vulnerabilities that could affect millions will be left open instead of patched.
- Law enforcement will forum shop, finding government-friendly magistrate judges to sign off on warrants with a loose connection to the judicial district.
- Law enforcement will pressure judges to sign off on remote searches of thousands of computers with a single warrant—a direct violation of the Fourth Amendment and a pattern we’re already seeing.
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SPOILER ALERT: This entire post is spoilers.
I enjoyed this episode. By my scoring, it’s a 7/10 and a nice recovery from the episode where the Beloved Character™ dies for apparently no f-ing reason (see below). However, as much as I enjoyed this episode and can’t wait for next week, the Nitpickious the Annoying showed up […]Continue Reading →
“Are you a magician? Because baby, whenever I look at you
everyone else just disappears.”
Oh, sorry, that’s my pickup line. This here blog post is about opening lines, i.e., the opening lines of my novels.Continue Reading →
Thousands of people read my books. (Quick aside: that phrase still rattles my melon — thousands of people read my books. Livin’ the dream, boss.)
But in any large enough population, you get groups of people who look at the exact same thing and see something completely different. People tend to imprint their worldview upon what they experience. […]Continue Reading →
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Number 5 may shock you!
I get it every year from readers. Depending on who the hot NFL quarterback is, I get the inevitable, “Quentin Barnes is a lot like X, amiright?” Plenty of NFL QBs are comparable to Quentin in one way or another, but I think the closest I’ve ever seen is Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers.
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Oh, I read, dawg ... I read.
I started to write this post, then remembered I could see all my books in my Goodreads account. Well, whaddaya know — Goodreads had a […]Continue Reading →
Awesome! We’re so happy you’re going to join the fun in Las Vegas!
Thank you for signing up for SiglerFest 2K16.
The first one was a blast. The second one added Las Vegas. The third one added karaoke. The fourth one introduced a new Sigler cousin. The fifth one gave everyone superpowers.
Who knows what’s […]Continue Reading →
Book III of the Generations Trilogy hits Oct. 25
You guys! You guys! The craziest thing just hapened. On December 14, Actual For-Real Presidential Candidate Donald Trump released a letter from his physician stating that “If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.” NPR showed the whole letter as an image.
To put it mildly, Trump’s doctor thinks the Future Dark President is in really, really good shape (he can’t be the Future Dark Overlord, because that’s me, fools). I mean, it’s almost as if someone asked the doctor to write a glowing letter that isn’t the least bit hyperbolic.
Here’s where it gets weird — my doctor also released a letter about me on the same day Trump’s doc released the letter about him! Insane coincidence, right? In the interest of full disclosure, I decided to follow the lead of my idol — The Donald — and show my letter to the world. After all, I want you to know that I won’t die on you in mid-series, like George R. R. Martin most assuredly will.
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