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Fantastic Defenders: Hardcover Preview

February 16, 2020 dkeener 0

There’s a hardcover of my anthology, Fantastic Defenders, coming out in March. The anthology was edited by myself and Donna Royston, and was published in mid-2017 in the trade paperback and ebook formats. It’s sold well enough that Tannhauser Press is coming out with a hardcover edition. So, above, you’ll see a preview […]

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Forever Is Not Enough, Or How to Lose a Great Title

January 31, 2020 dkeener 0

Well, I have some…er…interesting news. Apparently great minds think alike. Some of you know that I’ve been working on the background for a themed anthology called The Forever House since early 2016. The concept is a shared setting, a sort of pan-dimensional tavern that can appear anywhere, and any time, […]

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Crawl: Action-Packed Horror

December 30, 2019 dkeener 0

I got the Blue-Ray of Crawl for Christmas, so I had some people over to watch it in the Keener Home Theater, including my 16-year-old niece. For those who may have missed it, the movie came out this past July. It’s about a college student and her Dad, who get […]

The Whispering Voice

The Whispering Voice

December 2, 2019 dkeener 0

My new book, The Whispering Voice has just been published. It’s available on Amazon in both ebook and paperback formats. The ebook is selling at the introductory price of just $0.99, while the paperback sells for $7.99. Here’s the blurb for my new book: Rob a Bank, or Else… Anna […]

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Critical Awareness

November 2, 2019 dkeener 0

NANOWRIMO is here, otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month. It is an endeavor in which folks attempt to complete 50K words of writing (a short novel) in the month of November. I applaud the initiative. Writers write. To be bluntly obvious, that’s what makes us writers. If you have […]

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Invited to Balticon 54

October 26, 2019 dkeener 1

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been invited to participate in the Programming Track for Balticon 54, which will be held in Baltimore from May 22 – 25, 2020. This is a great literary SF convention, and one that I highly recommend for SF/Fantasy readers. Plus, it’s being held in […]

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Blurb Writing Exercises

July 5, 2019 dkeener 0

This is a writing exercise developed by my friend, John Dwight. He ran this exercise for the Hourlings Writing Group back in March. INTRODUCTION A plot can be described by the following high-level template: When [situation], a [specific person] must do [something] or else [stakes]. Strangely, this is mostly what […]

Coming Soon (Lockdown Edition)

Coming Soon

July 4, 2019 dkeener 0

Well, I’ve been a little preoccupied lately. The New Day Job has been keeping me pretty busy, so I’m a little behind on both my blog updates and my publishing schedule. Nevertheless, I have a whole load of stuff going on. So, here goes… I’m finishing up my edits for […]

Balticon 53 (2019)

My Balticon 2019 Schedule

May 22, 2019 dkeener 0

My schedule for panels at Balticon 53 appears below: For those who aren’t familiar with her, the “Queen” that we’re talking about in my last panel is Leigh Brackett, a famous SF writer from the so-called Golden Age. She was also a top Hollywood screenwriter, having penned drafts of (most […]

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Conquering the Gauls

April 27, 2019 dkeener 0

Image courtesy of Pixabay. From Puck Curtis by way of Michael J. Walsh, via Facebook. Two Roman commanders were tasked with conquering the Gauls. One of them, Marcus Maximus, has vigorously trained his fighting men to within an inch of their lives. He thinks he is ready for any eventuality. […]