Author Archives: jamesdmacdonald

Peeve of the Day (or, Not Just Grammar Makes Me Peevish)

Originally posted on Dr. Doyle's Blog:
There’s a special kind of irritation I feel whenever somebody starts trying — earnestly and urgently — to tell me about some New! Amazing! and Probably Subversive! thing that I already know. It’s…

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Winter RenFaire

So this weekend I’ll celebrate my birthday by performing magic at the Winter RenFaire  ( Champlain Valley Exposition (105 Pearl St, Essex Junction. VT).   This will be a two-day event, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am – 6 pm.  I’ll be doing … Continue reading

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Arisia, and What We Came Home To

Originally posted on Dr. Doyle's Blog:
It was a good Arisia, despite the many and varied problems the con experienced heading in to the occasion. Returning to the Park Plaza for a year was an exercise in nostalgia (was…

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The Unified Doyle and Macdonald Arisia Schedule

Originally posted on Dr. Doyle's Blog:
Or, where we’ll be and what we’ll be doing this coming weekend, while we’re attending the Arisia Science Fiction Convention at the Boston Park Plaza. My Panels: The Sidekick Lounge Cambridge     Sat 11:30…

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Kitchen Archaeology; or, The Return of the Lost Recipe

Originally posted on Dr. Doyle's Blog:
In our current quest to organize the kitchen, the other day I ordered a baker’s rack from Amazon†, and today we moved it into place. This involved relocating the bookshelf full of cookbooks…

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PseudoScience

The Universityy of Chicago gives away free e-books.  Every month there’s a new one, and they’re all swell.  This month’s freebie, I think, is one that folks who follow my blog may really like: The Pseudoscience Wars: Immanuel Velikovsky and the Birth of … Continue reading

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One More Day

Originally posted on Dr. Doyle's Blog:
A reminder:  My annual holiday sale of editorial and critique services ends at midnight on January 5th, 2019. (For the purposes of this sale, “midnight” is 2400 hours in either my time zone…

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2018 Is Drawing to a Close

Originally posted on Dr. Doyle's Blog:
And my annual holiday edit-and-critique sale has five more days to run.  From now through Twelfth Night (5 January 2019) , my usual rate for a standard-sized novel goes down from $1500 to…

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Special Promotion

From now through the 1st of January, two of our e-books are on sale over at Smashwords at a special promotional price: Free. They represent the two major genres in which we work: fantasy and science fiction.  So, if you’ve … Continue reading

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(Seasonal) Thought for the Day

Originally posted on Dr. Doyle's Blog:
A word of warning to anybody contemplating the acquisition of offspring: Be aware that anything you do for Christmas just once instantly becomes a Hallowed Holiday Tradition, and you fail to do it…

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