Author Archives: jamesdmacdonald

Read the Book!

Free download, in accessible, searchable Epub format, with live links to 740+ original documents: the Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election (“The Mueller Report”). Read it.  Really.  It’s important.  

Posted in history, Military, politics, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

This Weekend

I’m doing the Maine RenFaire.  As always, if you come up to me and say “Amaze me!” I will do my level best. 550 ME-109 in Acton, Maine.  Saturday and Sunday July 27/28, 10:00am-5:00 pm.  Be there or don’t be … Continue reading

Posted in Conventions, magic | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

HORROR FOR THE THRONE

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Ian Randal Strock’s Fantastic Books has contracted with James D. Macdonald, Judith K. Dial, and Tom Easton for an anthology of 40 short horror stories to be called HORROR FOR THE THRONE ONE-SITTING READS We will open … Continue reading

Posted in Short stories | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Storyteller in Vernon Hills, Il

Stories Old and New with Meg Macdonald, Friday, June 21st, 11:00 AM at Barbara’s Bookstore, Hawthorne Mall, Vernon Hills Il. Admission: free. Be there, or have to explain to your children and grandchildren (in addition to an entire chapter in … Continue reading

Posted in fantasy, Huzzah!, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Vermont Ren Faire

Be there, or be square! The 2019 Vermont Renaissance Faire will be held in Stowe, VT, on June 22nd and 23rd. I’ll be doing magic on the Merchant’s Stage at 3:00 pm each day, plus walking around the fair grounds … Continue reading

Posted in Conventions, fantasy, history, magic | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The Board Having Maturely Considered These Facts….

We left the site of  Major André’s hanging and temporary grave, to journey … to lunch! We went to the Old ’76 House (110 Main St, Tappan, NY 10983 (41°01’18.3″N 73°56’52.6″W (41.021752, -73.947940)), a half-mile away, which was the place … Continue reading

Posted in fantasy, history, Military, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

More Unfortunate Than Criminal…

Now Arnold to New York has gone, A-fighting for his King, And left poor Major André On the gallows for to swing. From the place where Major André came ashore to the place where he was hanged is just 22 … Continue reading

Posted in history, Huzzah!, Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Meanwhile, in Chicago ….

Event:Music Institute Chorale Concert Come Rain or Come Shine A Celebration of the Joys of Nature Featuring special guest Raúl Fernández, percussion Date:  Sunday June 9 2019, 3:00 PM Location:  Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston Contact:  847.905.1500 or www.musicinst.org/chorale Ticket Cost:  $15 adults; $10 … Continue reading

Posted in Huzzah! | Leave a comment

“An Accomplished Man and a Gallant Officer….”

Although I grew up in the area I had never paid much attention to this part of American history.  I therefore determined that, since I was once again in southern New York for a science fiction convention that I would … Continue reading

Posted in history, Military | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Want a Tip? Stay Out of Show Business.

BREAKING INTO THE VAUDEVILLE GAME by David J. Lustig (Knowledge and  Inside Dope Which Will Aid the Amateur To Become  a Vaudeville Artiste.) I have received numerous letters from people in all walks of life asking me how one goes … Continue reading

Posted in vaudeville | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment