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Don’t limit yourself.

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Asparagus season is basically over. Garlic scapes are pretty much done too, as are ramps and fiddleheads. But rhubarb is still going strong in the New York area, at least for a few more weeks, and I am determined to take advantage of it’s tangy deliciousness as much as I can while it’s still available in it’s freshest form.

The good people over at Good Eggs (my favorite deliverers of locally produced and farm fresh food) just recently shared a killer recipe for their own Rhubarb Toasts and I figured it was my duty to pass it along to you guys while you still have the chance to pick up some big red stems of rhubarb and make some for yourselves. I made it the other night for a little appetizer and it was delicious… the kind of thing one imagines people who live with Alice Waters or Gabrielle Hamilton probably eat all the time.

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Significant Moments in English Football

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The Planes Trailer

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The kids and I watched Cars 2 tonight, and we got the hint in the “Air Mater” short about planes. I dug around on the disc a bit and found the Planes trailer. I watched it in slack-jawed disbelief. Mostly because I couldn’t see how Pixar would settle for having a White Zombie song as the background music for . . . ANYTHING.

But then, at the end, I saw the telltale reason. Planes is a DISNEY movie. Not a Disney Pixar movie. Not a Pixar movie. A DISNEY movie.

And Disney never passed up an opportunity to wring everything magical out of a property in the search for squeezing parents out of a few more dollars.

I have to admit that when I first saw the trailer for Cars 2 and the fact that it was a joint production between Disney and Pixar, I was afraid. Needlessly so, as it turned out because I found Cars 2 to be better than the first, but that may have more than a little bit to do with the fact that I’m one of those dads for whom all the James Bond gags are written for, plus I can tell how much fun Eddie Izzard and Michael Caine are having. Always a bonus.

But, pursuant to the topic of my last post, I suppose you can’t blame Disney. They do know they have a dedicated content consumption pipeline. Why wouldn’t you keep it filled?

And you know Rob Zombie cashed that licensing check without a moment’s hesitation. Hell, I would too.

Interview at Fantasy Magazine

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This rush of content just makes it LOOK like I’m taking over the world.

Fantasy Magazine: Mark Teppo, of Men and Magick

“I’ve attempted to map most of the ‘spells’ [in LIGHTBREAKER], if you will, to existing practices, but as the foundation of the system is the rigorous belief that Will powers intent and expression, the resulting system becomes fairly organic. It is fantastic, let’s be honest about that, and I don’t necessarily believe that these sorts of abilities and actions are possible, but the underlying philosophy is one that I can get behind. I’ve been referencing this book as ‘occult,’ and the connotations of that word lend credence to the fantastic elements within the story, but more properly–from a standpoint of the things the writer wants his audience to mull over after all the sound and fury has passed–this is a ‘gnostic’ novel. And so, yes, it’s all about faith and knowledge, isn’t it?”

Next week, I’ll vanish again.

Guest Posts and Heartland Review

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Two posts at Amazon’s Omnivoracious, offering some background on the CODEX books.

On the Nature of Magick

“Like I said, the definition is a bit slippery, and it might be a bit much to attribute to the writing of a pulpy occult noir book the grandiose intent of creating magick, but that’s part of what inspired the Codex of Souls. Not so much making magick, but rediscovering the possibility of it. Instead of holding such strangeness at arm’s length and pretending that we’re an entirely rational species, I wanted to embrace our esoteric history.”

On the Nature of Monsters

“The little mantra I hummed to myself while I was writing was: ‘Men and Mantras/Shotguns and Sigils.’ I was going to write an urban fantasy book without vampires, lycanthropes, zombies, angels, or demons.”

Also, Mad Hatter’s review of HEARTLAND.

“The Codex of Souls is without a doubt one of the most original Urban Fantasy series going right now. It has stepped away from the pack and embraced a different type of magic and a very different sensibility worth checking out.”

A Return to Blogging

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DARKLINE.COM is live. Somewhat. I’m still tweaking the design here and there (a 1px issue on Firefox on the PC is bugging me), and the link list is somewhat sparse, but overall, I’m done fiddling and we might as well get started.

I’ve blogged off and on over the years, first on my own site and then as part of the transmit section at OPi8.com (and even now as part of the Farrago’s F. M. I. team). But I got busy, and this was one of the things which fell by the wayside. I decided it was time to get back on the horse, and I’ve finally found a identity (a sense of purpose, if you will) that suits a domain I’ve had for a long time.

Which is to say, if you want to find me, I’ll be over there.

HEARTLAND is out.

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The brick and mortar stores will be putting HEARTLAND, my second book, on the shelves as soon as they get it, which should be this week or next. Amazon is shipping already, and I hear a few folks have received copies. (The guy sitting across from me on the train this morning is reading a copy, but then he came to the house and prostrated himself on the lawn for a few hours until I gave him a copy.) So it looks like the second book is on its way. Huzzah!

Over at John Scalzi’s Whatever, I’m doing the The Big Idea today, which is a brief outline of the central conceit behind the book series. Drop by and join the conversation.

The soundtrack for HEARTLAND has been posted at the Codex of Souls website.

There will be a release party on February 5th at D & W Wine Cellars, if you’re local. The wine selection will be from the Markham Vineyard (I know; bonus that they’re actually good wines). I’ll probably do a reading, and then there will be suitable revelry. If that’s the wrong end of the Puget Sound for you, I’ll be at the Lake Forest Park location of Third Place Books on March 16th @7pm to do a reading as well.

And that’s the HEARTLAND news. Oh, yes, there’s this little tidbit. If you are the type who doesn’t read the excerpt in the back of books, you might want to go back and look at the one in LIGHTBREAKER. The opening in HEARTLAND picks up a day after this conversation between Markham and the Hierarch. I know we call it an excerpt, but really, it’s a bridge.

The next two are called ANGEL TONGUE and KARMA KISS. They’ll be out later. 🙂