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...

Another peek at the Mullaqat mind

Another peek at the Mullaqat mind

  From my Darbas Cycle  blog, a sequel to the Mullaqat creation myth… HOW COYOTE GAVE THE MULLAQAT THEIR CLEVERNESS A Mullaqat creation myth… One night after their return to the new world, the Mullaqat looked at Grandmother Hen and said, “Tell us...

A creation story for the Mullaqat

A creation story for the Mullaqat

The enigmatic nomadic culture of Darbas, called the Mullaqat (literally, “the drifting people”), plays a huge role in the story I set out to tell in The Key to Darbas series (five books, beginning with A Madness and Siobeth). But it’s the curse of...

Five writing lessons from ‘Love Actually’

Five writing lessons from ‘Love Actually’

We noticed Love Actually on basic cable last night and it inspired us to call up the non-TV edit on Netflix and watch it all the way through. I’d enjoyed the movie the only other time I’d watched it, but watching it this time felt like attending a master...

My friend Pat, 1947-2013

My friend Pat, 1947-2013

In 1999, not long after Janet and I got married and we moved our blended family into the top two floors of a rented 1850s Charleston single, I was browsing in the main library around the corner and picked up a newly published book called Flanders. I had some...

The rest of the story

The rest of the story

Over the years, there have been a few people outside my immediate family who’ve read the first two books of The Key To Darbas (which were, in an earlier version, one book that was a bit shorter than the combination of the two published books), and their feedback...

Dan Conover

Dan Conover

Howdy

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.

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