castle frostbite.

The Spirits of Christmas

Robin gave me a neat holiday gift this year: an advent calendar of cocktails. Each day, she handed me a little numbered and labeled bag with ingredients and a recipe for a different holiday-themed cocktail. If you’ve been following my instagram feed, I’ve documented most of them there. The one Read more…

By Marko Kloos, ago
books.

WorldCon recap.

I’m on the plane back from MidAmericon II, the 74th Worldcon, in Kansas City. Some cons are great, some are so-so, some are…not that good. But Worldcon is the main event of our genre, the big Annual Nerd Prom, where most everyone gathers regardless of what other regional cons they Read more…

By Marko Kloos, ago
aminals.

personal effects.

Henry’s collection of bandanas. He got one every time he had to make a trip to the emergency vet. There are three of them in that picture, but I think there was at least one more I did not keep for some reason. As you can see, he was a Read more…

By Marko, ago
aminals.

losing one’s heart.

Henry’s death is hitting me hard. We’ve lost dogs before, and I grieved for them every time, but this one is a deeper hurt that any of the others. The ones we lost before Henry had been barely born, or they were old and had long and happy lives behind Read more…

By Marko, ago
books.

obligatory 2014 recap.

I really like it when I type up an end-of-year retrospective blog post and find that I really didn’t have a damn thing to complain about in the past twelve months. 2013 was great. 2014 was even better by every measurable metric except for the fact that I didn’t get Read more…

By Marko, ago
family.

christmas rituals.

Girl child relaying her order form to Helper Santa #2,171.   She asked for, and I am not making this up, “a real invisibility cloak that also lets you fly.” While I doubt the instant availability of such an item in local stores (or even on Amazon Prime), I have Read more…

By Marko, ago
family.

hey, look. it’s july already.

Wow, will you look at that calendar? Seems like we’re a week into July already.  I’m still writing on the third Frontlines novel, which was TECHNICALLY DUE LAST MONTH. Erm. Let us not speak of this right now and continue on to other subjects. (I’ll be done soon, I promise.) Read more…

By Marko, ago
castle frostbite.

2014.

Happy New Year, friends and neighbors! The kids got to stay up until midnight last night to jump into the new year. I was worried about them even making it to midnight, but it turns out they were just fine. The adults, on the other hand, were dragging just a Read more…

By Marko, ago