What’s in a name? I’m really not so sure

What’s in a name? I’m really not so sure

Let’s talk about names in fantasy stories. Not just character names, but place names, plant names, animal names. Any kind of name, for any kind of thing you can imagine. Make a thing too exotic, your readers won’t remember them. Doubt me? OK, thought...

The story of Frank Luke Jr., troubled propaganda tool

The story of Frank Luke Jr., troubled propaganda tool

Today is Sept. 29, the 98th anniversary of the death of an American pilot named Frank Luke Jr. At the age of 21, over the span of about six weeks, Luke went from unknown ferry pilot to squadron pariah to national hero to suicidal martyr in a stunningly tragic arc that...

Burying the lede on the first Trump/Clinton debate

Burying the lede on the first Trump/Clinton debate

After a little reflection, I think the most obvious observation about tonight’s event is one that I just haven’t seen stated yet on the news sites I visit: Never in the history of televised presidential debates has the American public witnessed a major...

The Deep Dive and the need to breathe underwater

Back in early 2012, I jammed out the first draft of my third novel, Bokur, in exactly 40 days. I didn’t take that long to plot out, either. My fourth book, Another Goddamn Novel About the Collapsing Quantum Multiverse, was similarly quick, with essentially no...

Here we go again: Blogging in the 2nd decade

Here we go again: Blogging in the 2nd decade

I built my first blog in 2003. Called it Mysterious Erotic Technical Manual (which is now the name of my Tumblr). That was back when I was scared to death that revealing my personal thoughts in public would get me fired from my job as a newspaper editor. I was a bit...

Update from The Manor

Update from The Manor

For those of you keeping score at home, things came along pleasantly — if not particularly productively — in our first full month at Black Sheep Manor. Since arriving on the evening of July 30th we’ve made three separate trips back to Charleston,...

Having a good time in a very bad year

Having a good time in a very bad year

  It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and by that I mean it’s the season for everyone to trot out their annual Year In Review pieces. These are almost always fascinating, if only because they remind you of how much horrible stuff you’ve...

The fractured mind

The fractured mind

One of my first newspaper bosses was a wonderful, jovial mess of a man who endured the frazzled annoyances of running a small-town news staff because it allowed him the luxury of composing editorials.  Which happened to be things of joy and beauty, by the way. He...

What I’m learning from Amazon (so far)

What I’m learning from Amazon (so far)

Since I know some of you out there are thinking about publishing your own books and stories via ebook distribution, I thought it might be worthwhile for me to recap the lessons I’m learning as I go along. Just so you’ll have another data-point to use in...

Dan Conover

Dan Conover

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Howdy! This is my current blog, and the best place to find out about our ongoing adventures here at rustic Black Sheep Manor. It’s also not a bad place to keep track of the work on my latest novel, find out more about my first four books, and otherwise just generally browse whatever happens to be flitting through my mind at any given moment. You can also find me on social media via the links below, get all sorts of information on my previous incarnations via my personal website here, or mainline directly into my index of media futurism essays here. Thanks for stopping by.

‘Who? He’s a nobody. An absolute mess. Terribly biased, just biased beyond belief. The worst. Sad.’

Donald Trump

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