It Doesn’t Get Much Better

The Debt Book - sale of a lifetime! (Well, maybe not of a lifetime, but still pretty impressive.) My publisher, Bantam, as part of a promotion package, has put the digital version of my book How to Get Out of Debt, Stay Out of Debt, and Live Prosperously on sale today...

Simple Enough

This is from a Buddhist source. I find it a simple, clear way to live solvently, and with peace:

“Without holding or pushing
away, without accepting…

Party, Dark City Lights, and “Chloe”

So, I have a new 12,000-word  novelette (38 pages long) in this anthology - Dark City Lights - called "Chloe."  About  a 2600-year-old Etruscan goddess who lives beneath the streets of Manhattan. It's a love story. There are 22 other writers here, contributing 20...

‘Tis the season to…

well, among other things, pick up my dark little short story "Christmas in Watson Hollow" for the holiday bargain price of only 99¢ for today and the next four. After that, it'll go back up to its usual $2.99. [Oops. Sorry, sale is over now. Maybe I'll do it again...

They Banned Me in Australia Once

Delighted to report - in honor of Banned Books Week - that one of my novels, Slave Ship (originally under the pseudonym Eric Corder), was once banned in Australia. Back in 1971, when it was first published.   The censor wrote: "This is a gruesome, horrifying and...

The World Is As We Are

That is a Hindu saying I have always valued, and which has been greatly helpful to me: "The world is as we are." Basically, it says that if I would change my experience of the world, then I must change myself. That's pretty much been my experience. And when I look...

The Confiscators

I was speaking a couple of days ago with my friend JW Manus (the eBook designer and formatter extraordinaire) about paperback science-fiction/fantasy covers of the mid-last century. (There was a reason for that, which I'll get to in a couple of weeks.) Anyway, Jaye...

The Last Taboo

Four years ago [four years back in 1988, that was], Catherine, a freelance editor with whom I was passingly acquainted, called me one afternoon weeping and barely coherent. “I have to see you,” she said. “I’m desperate.” We met in a park twenty minutes later....

Debt Is a Verb

“Debt” is a noun. It has never been used as a verb – “to debt.” But we’re going to coin it that way and use it that way on this site. It helps us distinguish such use of money from other types spending and from secured loans. If Joanie goes into a department store and...