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Welcome to my home on the plus! If you don't want to wade through my longer profile, here's the speed read edition:

* author of SF&F novels
* poet
* potter
* international spy

My novels are available in eBook and print editions in all the usual and some of the unusual places:

Barnes & Noble *iTunes*
Google Play
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Hey! Check it out! I made my first direct ebook sale since setting up my Gumroad account! Yay!
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RBG rocks!
"When [Justice Ginsburg] was nominated to the Supreme Court, one of her law school classmates regaled his Rotary Club pals, telling them she was known in law school by a particularly unattractive nickname. 'When Ginsburg heard that this man had reported that her nickname at Harvard was "b*tch,"' says Hirshman, 'Ginsburg looked up and said, "better b*tch than mouse."'"

Yeah. I pretty often think of the insult "b*tch" as a kind of unintended compliment. It means I'm making waves. People who use it as an insult would likely think I'm one by when I'm standing up to them and their bad behavior.
A new book explains that the women were not personal friends, but they were strong allies on the Supreme Court bench, especially in the legal fight for women's equality.
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I love Wink. I love these books.
There was a knock at the door. Everyone stopped and looked. No one ever knocked at the door. The team didn’t get mail. They didn’t order packages. They always picked up their pizza.

Wink skip-danced — tiny body jerking one way, then the other — to the garage doors. She unhooked the padlock in the center and swung the door up with a clatter.

A heavy balding man in dark sunglasses and a black leather jacket looked down at her without expression. The goons on either side of him did the same. A black car idled in the street behind them.

“Babochka!” The man raised his arms and smiled.

“Hi, Evgeny.”

The man bent and put his arms around the girl, who pursed her lips and moved her face from side to side so he could kiss each cheek. Then he snapped his fingers and his men lifted a heavy case and carried it into the garage in shuffling steps.

John, Xana, and Ian stood at the back of the open room, staring, as the skinny eleven-year-old with the pink princess sunglasses slapped a shrink-wrapped, three-inch stack of hundred-dollar bills into the man’s outstretched hand.

He moved it up and down in the air like he was judging the weight. “Seems a little light.” He had a Russian accent.

The girl walked to the heavy, gray trunk. “I deducted fifteen percent because the last load was off spec.”

“Off spec!” the man boomed. He seemed genuinely furious.

The henchmen stood stiff, fingers on their weapons. Xana stepped forward without thinking. Her hands made giant fists.

Wink spun. She took off her sunglasses and marched over to the round Russian and stood under him without fear. “Yeah, off spec. Four percent impurities, Evgeny. I said no more than two.” She held up fingers. “Did you think I wouldn’t find out?”

The man smiled and raised his arms again, money still in hand. “Since Putin, supply is not easy like before.”

Wink put her hands on her hips. “That’s not our problem. You know how much I hate refining plutonium, Evgeny. Hate. It takes so long. And it’s sooooo boring.”

The man handed the money to one of his henchmen. “You are my favorite, Babochka. Good business. No funny stuff. For you, I take off fifteen percent.” He glanced to the back of the garage, then motioned to the others as if asking who they were.

“Eh.” Wink didn’t turn. “Just my minions.”

Ian turned to John and mouthed Minions?

“Plus,” the man added, “I give you five percent off next order.” He turned and spoke as he walked to the car. One of the men opened the rear passenger door. “Take care of yourself, Babochka. Always you are my special friend. Say hello to Prophet.” Then he got into the car and drove away.

Wink lowered the rickety door with the crank at the side, replaced the padlock, and skipped in the air as she walked to the trunk. “Yippee!” She clapped her hands and immediately opened the clasps.

After a moment she turned and saw everyone staring.

“What? I used my old core in the Mast. And the Russians have the best plutonium.”

Xana wiped her sweaty face and walked back to her weights in the yard.

Ian turned to John. “If I end up sterile from sleeping next to inadequately shielded plutonium, I’m gonna sue you and Prophet and everyone.”

#getready #episodefouriscoming  
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This is the first time that a person with chronic, complete paralysis has regained enough voluntary control to actively work with a robotic device designed to enhance mobility.
A 39-year-old man who had had been completely paralyzed for four years was able to voluntarily control his leg muscles and take thousands of steps in a "robotic exoskeleton" device during five days of training—and for two weeks afterward—a team of UCLA scientists reports this week.
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So, recently, my short stories have been getting some love in the reader world. Which is cool. I seriously neglect them, poor things.

"Flowing stories that will grip your imagination long after you're done reading. Unspoken sacrifice worth unspoken value. Death needs release. The root of Almighty anger. Forgetful technology. Water bound love. The curse of a blessing. The next generation in the light.

Each story deals with a handy topic described by LJ Cohen but reaches deeper than the topic description. I found myself looking for deeper meanings in each story and finding them. I don't know if Cohen intended to leave these hidden gems within the stories but they sparkle if you are willing to look. "  (Thank you, +Doc Harvard)

If you want to read the collection that survived the 40 minute "Immerse or Die" challenge,  and get a taste of my writing style, you can either toss 0.99 my way or subscribe to my very occasional newsletter and get the collection for free. Or, hey, do both. That's okay, too. (purchase links to Amazon, B&N, Google Books) (sign up for BlueMusings, my newsletter) (immerse or die report)
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It was hard to find... "literature" as a teenage boy before internet :)
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27 years ago tonight, my sister came to visit at our open house the night before Neil and I got married. She wanted to bring by our gift because, she said, it was 'too fragile to bring to the reception.'

This is what she gave us. Max the wonder dog. He was, at the time, a 10 week old puppy. This photo was from near the end of his life, at 16.

We hadn't registered for a dog. We certainly weren't prepared to start our married life with a puppy. But Max became our constant companion. He was the goofiest thing on four feet - a natural clown and my first pet.

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It's such a wonderful feeling to experience the love between a dog and its owner. It's amazing how much love a dog can give. I'm sure you have wonderful memories that will keep your baby close to your heart❤️
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Helen Mirren is amazing.
"[E]ven Shakespeare did that to us," Mirren continued. "As you get older, even the Shakespeare roles become [less substantial for older women] -- that's why we have to start stealing the men's roles -- doing like I did in "The Tempest," [by changing the role of Prospero to] Prospera. And it's great that a lot of women are doing Hamlet, doing "Henry V," and I'm sure there will be a female Othello soon. And I love that. I think it's absolutely great because, you know, why not?"

I just adore her.

Earlier this summer, Helen Mirren called Hollywood's ageist double standards ;"fucking outrageous." ;The "Woman in Gold" star elabor
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+Rick Wayne be careful of giant dinosaurs!
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Glaze day! I love how they look like they're ready to march off the table. #dragonbellies 
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So cute, I love the little dragon bellies it looks like a group gathering ☺️
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Hey! If you want to stick it to the man, but still want books to read, I'm working on getting all my books directly available on my website. So far, I have both Halycone Space books (DERELICT and ITHAKA RISING) for sale, in both epub and mobi formats. No DRM, no selling your soul to Amazon, or something.

Over the next few days, I'll have all 5 novels and the story collections available for direct purchase.
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This music - this music is AMAZING. It's the soundtrack to Supergiant Games' new one, Transistor, by Darren Korb. I LOVED this soundtrack for Bastion. This one is at least as good. Maybe better. I haven't listened to enough of it enough times to tell you. But I know it will very quickly make it to my favorite music to write to.
We're the team behind Bastion and Transistor. Our goal is to make games that spark your imagination like the games you played as a kid.
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Played the game through and loved it.  Loved it enough, in fact, to write an in-depth review.  Something I do very rarely.  The music?  Adored it.  If a review of Transistor interests you, mine is here:
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    Writer, present
  • Private Practice
    Physical Therapist, 1996 - 2009
  • Spaulding/MGH
    Physical Therapist, 1989 - 1998
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Poet, Novelist, potter, Doctor Who fan, denizen of Night Vale
Who I really am is just plain stubborn mixed with a crazy sense of optimism, and tempered by a dash of cynicism.

I write novels as LJ Cohen across the YA, fantasy, and speculative fiction genres.

My published novels are available in all the usual venues:

Halcyone Space
DERELICT (book 1)

Changeling's Choice
THE BETWEEN (book 1)
TIME AND TITHE  (book 2)


PEN-ULTIMATE: A Speculative Fiction Anthology, LJ Cohen & Talib Hussain, eds, is available in print and eBook editions (proceeds donated to the SFWA Emergency Medical Fund)

My short story, "I was a Teenage Alien" is in Theme-Thology: Invasion, published by HDWPBooks.

My short story, "The Forgetting" is in Theme-Thology: Day I Died, published by HDWPBooks.

Find me on the web:
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Subscribe to my occasional newsletter: (well, it's always a newsletter, it's published occasionally, as in about 6 times a year, complete with original, free short fiction)

Member of SFWA (The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) and Broad Universe

You can read samples of my novels (some in progress, some published) on Wattpad.

I've also been known to make pottery and give it away. :)

FYI: I have political biases. I am concerned with social justice, gender issues, and feminism. I will talk about this side by side with writing craft, pottery, and cute animal pictures.

P.S. Sadly, I know that the individuals this relates to are not the people reading this, so consider this my public venting. Most of the folks I have met on G+ have been interesting and wonderful; people I now count as my friends.  However,  I have increasingly been the recipient of private messages and emails from men, often not native English speakers, but not exclusively so,  wanting to 'get to know me better'. These "hey baby" messages are from people who have never interacted with me, aren't in my circles, and have no connection with me or my interests. This is the internet version of the street cat-call and is at best, irritating, at worse, harassment. So I will not answer chat requests from anyone I do not recognize from my circles or from prior interactions on G+ posts.

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Slept in a yurt on the Kyrgyz jaloo.
  • Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons
    Physical Therapy, 1984 - 1986
  • University of Rochester
    1980 - 1984
  • Hicksville High School
  • Hicksville Jr. High School
  • Burns Avenue Elementary School
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