Kelly McCullough writes fantasy, science fiction, and books for kids of varying ages. He lives in Wisconsin with his physics professor wife and a small herd of cats. His novels include the WebMage and Fallen Blade series — Penguin/ACE, and the forthcoming School for Sidekicks — Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. He also dabbles in science fiction as science education with The Chronicles of the Wandering Star — part of an NSF-funded science curriculum — and the science comic Hanny & the Mystery of the Voorwerp, which he co-authored and co-edited — funding provided by NASA and the Hubble Space Telescope. Kelly on Twitter, Facebook, G+, ello

Big Boys Do Cry

February 27, 2013 in About Kelly, Musings, Reblogging Project, Speaking Up

This is one of those things guys aren’t supposed to talk about, which is, I think, a good reason to talk about it. I cry easily. Always have. Sacrifice scene in a book? I bawl. Poignant story on the news. Bawl. That’s under normal circumstances.

In the last 12 months, I’ve said a final goodbye to one of my oldest friends, a beloved aunt, and two of the finest dogs it’s ever been my pleasure to associate with. I’ve also had my most successful year ever in terms of my career and ability to produce art that I’m proud of. It’s been a huge emotional roller coaster, and it’s a rare day where I don’t at least tear up a touch and go rough throated.

My point? That that’s fine. Crying has been a safety valve and a solace. I miss those I love that I have lost, and the tears are honest tribute. It’s part of saying goodbye to Mike and Lee, and to Cabal and Moonbear.

(Originally posted to Facebook Feb 12, 2013. Reposted as part of the reblogging project)

Reblogging Project

February 27, 2013 in Reblogging Project

Most of my blogging happened on blogger before I had much of publishing or social media presence. In the interest of getting all of my better non-ficiton pieces in one place on my own site, I’m going to start reblogging from there and from Facebook and other places I’ve parked things over the years.

Friday Cat Blogging

February 23, 2013 in Friday Cat Blogging

Hey girl…

Don’t even go there.

Are you two going to fight?

Y’all do whatever you have to. Ima be over here melting…and loving it.

This is a most excellent vintage, but the presentation is lacking.

Hey, where’s my Dixie cup?

Snow-Motion Science

February 19, 2013 in About Kelly, Pets and other friends, Silly

First, this awesomeness is a thing:


Now, let me explain. This weekend my friend Kyle Cassidy was in town for the 50th birthday of another friend, the Fabulous Lorraine Garland. Kyle is a fantastic professional photographer and always up for doing cool and silly stuff involving pictures. I’ve been wanting to get him together with my photographer/geologist friend and frequent co-conspiritor Matt Kuchta for ages. I figured this was a perfect time, and since both of them had been hoping to meet at some point too, it was a low risk, low effort plan.

With some back and forth on twitter it was decided to go with high speed video madness rather than straight up photography—Matt and another friend, Todd Zimmerman, both work in my wife’s physics department and have been doing some amazing work with an incredible high-speed video camera that the department bought for the doing of SCIENCE. Kyle’s really liked what he’s seen on that front and wanted to check out the cool toy. Add in another friend, Dill Hero, husband of yet another friend, Joan of Dark—both also up for Fablor’s birthday—some quick thinking, and Castle Gaiman as a backdrop and you get SCIENCE + ART + SILLINESS with Matt and Todd behind the camera, and Kyle, Dill, and me in front of it.

The end result is Snow-Motion Science*

(click on space above if video doesn’t appear immediately)

*Linked for those who can’t see the embedded video.

Friday Cat Blogging

February 16, 2013 in Friday Cat Blogging

Isabelle, the prequel.

Likewise, Jordan, part I

Isabelle 2.0 sits with Jordan 1.0

Jordan 2.5 (there’s at least the much of her)

Wait, is that a camera? Is this my good side? Why is the sky darker in…is that my tail?

I had a plan, but then I frightened myself into forgetting it.

I am trying to kill fish with my mind. But there are no fish, and that makes me angry.

Thumb-monkeys brought me a heat. Finally!

My butt feels sooooooo good!