With the EARTHCORE paperback finally in stores (boom!), I thought I’d celebrate by reading some reviews from the eBook and audiobook versions. It seems some people did not enjoy some of the more colorful EARTHCORE language and they weren’t shy about letting me know …Continue Reading →
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There is a new version of EARTHCORE. We’ve talked about it on the podcast, on Facebook, in our newsletters and on this site, but you can’t reach everyone all the time, so this post is for the Junkies who say …
“Hey, what’s the deal with the new EARTHCORE?” I covered this a little bit in a blog post back in 2015, but let me give you the short answers here:
REASON NUMERO UNO
The new EARTHCORE is straight fire. You will love it. If you buy it (only $9.99 in print), you will feel guilty that you didn’t give me more money.
HEY, LUCAS JR., YOU TRYING TO SELL ME THE SAME STUFF TWICE?
No. I am not. I hate …
I am in no way, shape or form an expert on firearms.
I write about guns extensively in my work. Not having a background in law enforcement or the military, and not coming from a “firearm family,” when I began writing my knowledge of guns was limited to what I’d seen on TV and in […]Continue Reading →
Damn, it feels good to be a Junkie. To benefit the United Way of Greater Houston, Empty Set Entertainment (that’s the company that puts out the GFL books, dontchyaknow) issued a $1,000 matching challenge – for every $1 donated by Junkies, we would match $1, with the goal of hitting $2,000.
We beat that goal […]Continue Reading →
The first hit is (still) always free ...
This is a big announcement, a major change in our business strategy (yes, this is a business). Since we know you (and love you, truly we do), we’re going to get some TL:DR, bottom-line info right up front and center, so you do not panic.
The free Sunday podcast will continue: we’re not removing it. […]Continue Reading →
And I left my laptop behind.
Yes, I hear some of you looking at the headline and saying: “If you’re on vacation, you shouldn’t be working at all.” Imma guess anyone saying that is not a writer. You do you, but take it from this fine feathered friend — a writer’s gotta write.
I recently had the amazing good fortune to go […]Continue Reading →
To which I usually respond, “How dare you. How goddamn dare you, you sonofabitch. How DARE you question my commitment to literature?
I am a goddamn Man of Letters™. I have degrees and shit. I’m educated AF. I have a library with many pleather-bound books.
I am literature […]Continue Reading →
Read also: "When rejection letters become blurb requests"
How does it feel when the people who reject you for that thing you desperately want to do wind up courting you when you’ve finally done that thing?
Well, that’s more than a little overly dramatic for this situation, but as they taught me when I was a journalist you have to hook the reader with the lead. […]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 →
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.
You won’t see the effect of these changes […]Continue Reading →
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 →
Click here to email your congressperson on or before June 21, 2016.
I’m a supporter of the Electronic Frontiers Foundation (EFF), the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. EFF works to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows.
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.
This rule change especially impacts people using privacy protective technologies like Tor or VPNs.Continue Reading →
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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