A website is no longer just throwing together HTML

I’m no expert. Not by a long-shot. But I can tell you, having to maintain three websites, that the world of creating and maintaining a website is now highly complex, fraught with frustration, imperiled by hackers and spammers and all manner of roguish ruffians. Recently my website was invaded by hackers who planted malicious code, hijacking visitors off to all manner of disreputable sites. It’s taken me weeks of lost hair in finally clean the…

Thoughts on Aging

It’s a glorious day here at the Old Stone House: 10°C, mostly sunny, teasing of spring to come. But not yet. Most definitely not yet; the worst storms of winter often scream through April 1. But for today, I work quietly in the shafts of sunlight from the skylights. While writing blog posts for myself and the publishing house, uploading audiofiles to proof for one of our authors, reading a submission, juggling bookkeeping and the…

Tesseracts 22 Alchemy and Artifacts

Because it’s important to examine new possibilities, explore new experiences, I’ve agreed to co-edit the next Tesseracts anthology from Edge Publishing, with fellow author and colleague, Susan MacGregor. I’m looking forward to this journey, especially in light of the fact the anthology examines the magic behind history, what it is has sparked the imagination of countless generations to either quest for the reality of a legend (Vasco da Gama and the Fountain of Youth), or formed the…

Cleopatra, Caliban and musings

Have been watching the long (three hours and 12 minutes) 1963 film version of Cleopatra, staring the scintillating and dynamic Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. According to the Wikipedia entry, the film was the only film to be the highest-grossing film of the year, yet still ran at a loss and nearly bankrupted 20th Century Fox. It won four Academy Awards, and was nominated for five more. Despite production and cast problems, it still holds…