Thursday, December 31, 2009

Remember to Shave!: Remember, everyone:  New Year’s Day is Shave Day!  Starting January 1, be sure to fol..

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Why You Need To Tweet: Okay, it’s time.  If you’re not on Twitter already, please take a half-hour ..

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

On Having Piles: One of my father-in-law’s favorite jokes is to say that someone who’s wealthy has ..

Monday, December 28, 2009

Meetiversary 11: Today is Wendy and my “meetiversary,” the anniversary of our first face-to-face m..

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Sherlock Rocks!: Yes, it’s true.  The new Sherlock Holmes movie is awesome.  It’s a ton of fun from..

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Halfway Point!: I’ve just passed the halfway point in my current major writing project, a graphic novel I..

Friday, December 25, 2009

Clearing the Decks: So we’ve gotten through Christmas, right?  All the holiday preparations are finished,..

Thursday, December 24, 2009

All’s Quiet: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are two of the few occasions during the year when publishing..

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Day of Intensity: Today, I worked extra-hard and reached excellent productivity levels across the board.  For s..

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Holidazed: Today just shot away from me like a kid’s helium balloon zipping into the sky.  I worked extra..

Monday, December 21, 2009

Roaring Along: I’ve been working pretty hard on a new project lately, and I’m really roaring along...

Sunday, December 20, 2009

iPod Envy: Just got done setting up a new iPod Touch which I’ll be giving as a Christmas gift, and I have..

Saturday, December 19, 2009

3 Snow Blows/1 Day: That’s right!  I had to clear our driveway with the snow blower three times on Saturd..

Friday, December 18, 2009

Weekend Missions: This weekend, I will face numerous missions, mostly related to holiday preparations…and..

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Bad Elf Rocks!: If you’ve got a dark sense of humor about the holidays, like me, be sure to check out Ba..

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Xmas Locomotive: Like a speeding locomotive, Christmas is barreling toward me, and I’m not ready for it. ..

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Staying Cool: It’s always better to stay cool instead of getting fired up in a stressful situation.  This..

Monday, December 14, 2009

Edison’s Frankenstein Is Coming!: A story of mine, “A Snowman’s Chance in Hell,” is fea..

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Back from Philly: Just rolled in from Philadelphia this evening after a great weekend.  In addition to speaking..

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Philly Fantastic: We’re in Philadelphia this weekend, having the best time ever!  I spoke at a meeting of..

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Swimming Across Another State: I swam across another state today…Delaware, I think.  See, at the YMCA, th..

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Frightful Weather: Well, it’s our first real blow of the winter!  Even as I type this, sleet or freezing ..

Monday, December 7, 2009

What Next?: The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s can be a slow one in publishing.  All the more r..

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Busy, busy day: In spite of a splitting migraine-style headache, I worked extra hard today on multiple projects..

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Snowball’s Chance: Well, it’s started.  The snowy season here in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, that is. ..

Friday, December 4, 2009

Food Poisoning Fini: My wife, I’m pleased to announce, has finally recovered from her bout of severe food..

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Ideas Aplenty!: Sometimes, I’ll have so many ideas about a project, it can be difficult narrowing them do..

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Free Essay + Thank You!: I hope you’ll check out my free essay on the TV show Supernatural, which is avai..

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Free E-Day Essay! 1 Week Only!: One of my published essays is now available free online!  It’s from In th..

Monday, November 30, 2009

Symphony of Sickness: Okay, Wendy wasn’t the only one steering the porcelain bus Sunday night.  My brothe..

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Here Comes the Bug!: Recently, I got some good advice that it might help my overall time management if I took a..

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Time (Mis)management: No matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to manage my time properly.  I make to-do li..

Friday, November 27, 2009

Pot Luck Theater: The Big Stink: The Big Stink rolled into town after six months of living high on the hog in B..

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thankful for You!: Lots to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, like family, health, work, and writing…but ..

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Black Cat Impact: Monday morning, a black cat crossed my path on my way to work.  The bad luck has been with me..

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Snowman’s Chance: Time to announce a new story, I think.  This one’s slated for the upcoming anthol..

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Flog:: When my plane touched down in Rome this morning, my assistant Hogshead said the same thing he’..

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Turkey Day Blues: So this is it, the big Thanksgiving week already.  Unbelievable.  Time is flying by so fast, ..

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Bodies in Motion…and at Rest: Seems like my whole family’s in motion or about to be right now.  My ..

Friday, November 20, 2009

Pot Luck Theater: Tofu Delights: And that was when Jeremy discovered he had the power to turn anyone or anythin..

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Arctic Wasteland: The offices where I work are locked in a perpetual freezing climate.  It’s truly an arc..

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

New Book: The Trouble With Heroes!: I have a story in a brand new book, available now!  The book, The Trouble W..
Proposal Magic: It’s one of the rules of my day job that whenever a major holiday rolls around, so too do..

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Flog: Dirty Hands McGee: The bathroom turned to flames of rage around me.  I could hardly see straight.  On..

Sunday, November 15, 2009

MadMenitis: I know, I’m a week behind, but Wendy and I just watched the season finale of Mad Men tonight,..

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Decked: I can’t believe it!  We’ve got the outdoor Christmas lights up!  It’s not even Thanks..

Friday, November 13, 2009

Pot Luck Theater: Applecrumb’s Epiphany: …and in those last moments, as the life’s blood rush..

Thursday, November 12, 2009

X-Mas X-ing: It’s time to do my Christmas shopping and I darn well know it.  But have I started yet?  Do ..

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Stopping Time: No matter how many times I click the buttons on my stopwatch, it won’t actually stop time...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

DeutschBro: My brother, Scott, is in Germany as we speak!  The lucky stiff’s picked the perfect time to v..

Monday, November 9, 2009

The Flog: Flying Lessons: The craziest thing happened today during my lunchtime flying lesson:  when I stepped ..

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Tree Erected: This might be the earliest we’ve ever put up the Christmas tree!  This evening, I took it o..

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Mission: Drink Sneakage: Went to the movies today with my brother, Scott, to celebrate his 50th birthday.  Okay..

Friday, November 6, 2009

Pot Luck Theater: Man-uh Montana: Wilbur Cleats took a page from that Montana girl on the kids’ TV show. ..

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Many Beverages: This evening, I celebrated my friend Crippen’s birthday by enjoying a few beers at my fav..

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Erotic Cake: Okay, today was nothing special for the most part.  Busy at work, busy after work dealing with iss..

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Ribs, Baby, Ribs!: Why didn’t I go to Savannah’s Southern Style Takeout before today?  Who knows?  ..

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Hween @ Wlmrt: Spent Halloween at home this year, no plans for a change.  Usually, we go to a party at my niece..

Friday, October 30, 2009

Pot Luck Theater: Leafing Around: 300 years from now, humankind has turned autumn into an even more festive occ..

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Oh Joy: Well, I got through trick or treat tonight!  Had to go stand at the end of the sidewalk and hand out ca..

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

When to Tank: Sometimes, you just gotta give up.  Knowing when to do so, I think, is critically important to su..

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Candy, Man: Okay, so I broke down and sneaked candy bars out of the treats my wife bought for Halloween trick o..

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Flog:: When I rode in from the jousting tournament today, I had the strangest feeling that I wasn’t q..

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Curb Crackup: Just watched the latest episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm on HBO, and it completely cracked me up! ..

Saturday, October 24, 2009

A Day Off…Kind’a: Today, I pretty much took a break from writing…from actual composition, any..

Friday, October 23, 2009

Pot Luck Theater: Ladybug Hell: What a perfect day for a bike ride on the wooded trail!  The sun was shining, t..

Thursday, October 22, 2009

In-Between Time: I seem to be in one of those in-between times right now…in between projects, in between ..

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Next???: Now that I’ve finished the story I was writing on deadline, I’m faced with one of the most..

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Story’s Done!: At least for the moment, my latest story’s done and sent!  What a great feeling!  I ..

Monday, October 19, 2009

The Flog: The New TV Season: My favorite new reality show of the season?  “Leper Colony,” obviously..

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Edits Continue: The revisions continue on my current story!  My first reader had another set of edits after revi..

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Art Show Revisited: Once again, I’d like to present some amazing artwork related to my fiction…in th..

Friday, October 16, 2009

Pot Luck Theater: Where the Tame Things Are: Little Rufus Gravitas was like an island of calm in the heart of a ..

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Revision Collision: Hard at work on revisions to my latest story, as recommended by my first reader (and wife), ..

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Serial Killer Artwork: From time to time, I’ve posted some of the artwork that has accompanied my stories..

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Draft Done!: I’ve finished the first draft of a story I’ve been working on for a November 1 deadlin..

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Flog: Dodgephlegm: Another glob of phlegm sailed past me and splattered against the wall of the shower.  I ..

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Snax Attax: Snacking is my crutch when writing.  I admit it!  My name is Bob, and I’m a writer-snackaholi..

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Rib Break: My wife, Wendy, has broken a rib, so the weekend has taken an ugly turn.  She’s been through t..

Friday, October 9, 2009

Pot Luck Theater: Blackmail Backwards: Norris Leitmotif found himself staring down the very large barrel of a o..

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Company’s Coming: Well, it’s shaping up to be an unproductive weekend.  At least the potential is t..

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Queries Aplenty: Working hard to polish and send out novel queries this week, making up for lost time.  Sent th..

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Made in J-Town: Time for a special treat!  A few years back, I worked with a local artist, K. Brandon Wilt, to ..

Monday, October 5, 2009

The Flog: Wretched Beef: I missed the ground beef while unloading the groceries from the car yesterday.  One po..

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Day? What Day?: Did you ever get to the end of a day and wonder what exactly you did during that day?  ThatR..

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Overseas House-ing: It’s always fun to see my work appear in other countries.  Of course, anything on the..

Friday, October 2, 2009

Pot Luck Theater: Filament Fisk Fails: 9:18AM: Five months after the death of Filament Fisk, every thread-based..

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Congrats and Thanks!: Congratulations!  Thanks to you, The Fictioneer blog and website has reached a record num..

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Mr. Flood 2: Yesterday, I posted a piece of artwork that accompanied my story, “Fear of Rain,” in t..

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Meet Mr. Flood: One of the coolest things about having a story published is the awesome artwork that accompanie..

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Flog: Motivatovamoose: When I woke up this afternoon, my motivation was gone.  I couldn’t believe it...

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Big Week: I’ve got big plans for my fiction writing this week.  Time finally to overcome some of the issu..

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Goofing Around: How much writing did I do today?  Zero.  But that’s okay.  Wendy and I spent Friday eveni..

Friday, September 25, 2009

Pot Luck Theater: Spin, Carlos, Spin!: Somewhere in the Afterworld, Carlos is still spinning.  In a way, you co..

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Struggle On: I’m finally feeling better today, after a week of intense headcold crappiness.  Also getting..

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Butt in Chair Strategy: Sometimes, I get off track in the fiction writing realm.  This week, for example, I̵..

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

On the Bright Side…: …the cold has moved into my lungs.  The slightest provocation will send me into..

Monday, September 21, 2009

The Flog: Bupkus’ Lament: Today is the twenty-fourth anniversary of that fateful day in Prague.  It’..

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sick!: Yes, I am sick.  It’s official:  I have a cold.  My nose won’t stop running, my body feels ac..

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Am I Sick?: I’m hoping it’s just sinuses, because I’m really not in the mood for a cold, but i..

Friday, September 18, 2009

Pot Luck Theater: Imaginary Pet: The first time it happened, Colette was out with some people and needed an excu..
Between Grooves: Guess I’m still between grooves on the writing front these days, a condition that seems t..

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Cover of the Future: Recently, I mentioned that my story, “One Awake in All the World,” is set to ap..

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Pure Plugs: Just thought I’d drop a reminder to check out my latest editions of Pot Luck Theater and The F..

Monday, September 14, 2009

The Flog: Whisperin Jim’s Theory: Whisperin’ Jim came by today, said he wanted to play him some bill..

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Torchwood Rocks: Just finished watching the 5-part BBC mini-series Torchwood: Children of Earth…and wow.  ..

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Pot Luck Theater: Milo’s Face: Someone once told Milo Rubberneck that if he kept making faces, his face wo..

Friday, September 11, 2009

Hero Story News: My super-hero story, “Forced Retirement,” has made the news online!  Click here to ..

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Birthday Quaffing: I was out celebrating my birthday tonight at my favorite local tavern, Tulune’s Southsi..

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Dish Network A Go Go!: I’m going with Dish Network!  After decades of straight-up cable TV, I’m fina..

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

New Super-Hero Story!: My super-hero story, “Forced Retirement,” has gone live at A Thousand Faces, ..

Monday, September 7, 2009

Return of the Flog!: The North Pole is laid back this time of year.  I was just there over the weekend, checking..

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Flog Day: Flog (fake blog) posts return to this space Monday after a hiatus lasting since January 2008.  I hope ..

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Flog? What’s a Flog?: Now where did I put that illuminating insight that came to me in the course of this ..

Friday, September 4, 2009

Pot Luck Theater Returns!: The united man-killers of the animal world gathered around the meeting table in their..

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Title Fight: Currently, I’m struggling to rework a troubled novel of mine from last year.  It’s turn..

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Perspective Defective?: Currently, I’m slaving away trying to revise a novel I wrote last year, and itR..

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Big Week: 3133: that’s the final tally of unique monthly visitors to my website,, in..

Monday, August 31, 2009

Thanks to You!: For the first time, my website has logged over 3,000 unique visitors in one month!  That’s..

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Screeching Halt: Very little writing-related activity today, or all weekend for that matter.  I’m not happ..

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Writing Holiday: Not much accomplished on the writing side today, just an hour’s worth of edits on a short..

Friday, August 28, 2009

Striving for Feeling: I saw the film Inglourious Basterds tonight, which was truly a singular experience…a..

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Revision Fevah!: There comes a time in every writer’s life when revisions are the order of the day!  When ..

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Office: Cleaned!: For the first time in probably a year, I’ve finished cleaning my home office!  What a ch..

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Productivity Ahoy: In spite of recent TechFail struggles and distractions, today turned out to be wonderfully pr..
Techfail Addendum: In my last post, I forgot to mention another Techfail event!  Yesterday, my Koss noise cancel..

Monday, August 24, 2009

Techfail Continues!: As expected, Techfail 2009 continues to plague me!  This evening, I tried to fix the proble..

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Techfail 8.09: Here we go again!  Yet another edition of Techfail has struck my world!  As regular readers of my..

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Regaining Altitude: Finally, I’m getting back up to speed on the fiction writing!  Late July and most of A..

Friday, August 21, 2009

How to Wait: Writing (and publishing) teaches you many things that can apply to other aspects of life.  For exam..

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Lawn: I broke down and mowed the lawn today, though what I really wanted to do was finish my latest short st..

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

True Blood Rocks: Just watched True Blood for the first time, and I’m loving it so far!  No wonder it̵..
August Blues: The publishing world tends to slow down in the dog days of August.  People take vacations and days..

Monday, August 17, 2009

Pleasant Surprises: Isn’t it great to get a pleasant surprise?  I actually had two of them today on the fi..

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Computer Plus Fiction: I got my wife, Wendy’s, new computer all set up today plus wrote a thousand words o..

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Weekend: So what’s my review of District 9?  Action-packed, thought-provokin..

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Time Management: One of my writing mentors, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, has just posted the latest installment of wh..

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Story, School, and Awesome Workshops: I’m happy to say I finally did some work on the current short story ..

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


One thing is clear to me:  I need to clean my home office.  As I write this, I am surrounded by piles of paper, shifting and flowing like sand dunes in a desert, threatening to engulf me.  I know it’s part of the writing game and mostly unavoidable…but it’s past time I cleaned up the [...]

Monday, August 10, 2009

Stop and Go Writing

I admit it.  I have a tendency to overplan.  I’ll pile too many activities into too short a period of time, and then I’ll wonder why on Earth I didn’t get everything done.  Case in point, this week.  I badly want to get some writing done, but I’m overbooking the week in a big way.  [...]

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Head Work

Sometimes, even when my butt isn’t in the writing chair and my fingers aren’t hitting keys on the computer keyboard, I’m still making progress as a writer.  Putting aside all the non-writing activities that contribute to general health and well-being or broaden knowledge of storytelling, I sometimes have fertile non-writing days thanks to extensive thinking [...]

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Goodies Restored

The other day, I wrote about part of my life as a fiction writer, the phenomenon of “vanishing goodies.”  I was talking about losing things that I think are a lock, such as a story sale or a promised check or a publishing deal.  These are all harsh realities in every writer’s life, and we [...]

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Again with the Crappy Luck

I just wrote you quite a nice post about the week, my writing, and the weekend ahead, but for some reason, WordPress made it go away when I hit “Publish.”  And now I’m out of time to work on this.  So sorry you missed out on my wonderful post, but I’ll try to make it [...]

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Little Reminder

Last night, I had the most wonderful night swim in my back yard pool.  The Moon and Mars were in full glow, the air was calm, the crickets were chirping.  It was so beautiful, and I thought about how lucky I was to be able to enjoy it.  Then, this morning, I woke up to [...]

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Vanishing Goodies

One of the hazards of writing and marketing fiction (or anything, I guess) is when you make a precious sale, and for one reason or another, it goes away.  This just happened to me again, with a short story sale to a web and print journal.  I sold my story to the journal, signed a [...]

Monday, August 3, 2009

@TheFictioneer (Assimilated by Twitter)

I’ve known about Twitter for a long time now, since long before it became such a popular phenomenon.  From the start, I dismissed it as a useless, frivolous waste of time.  What possible value could there be in a social networking system that only let you post 140 characters at a time?  It looked to [...]


Just a quick note as I test a new system to link up my WordPress blog with some networking sites.  I’ll let you know later if the test works!  See you then!