Tracy S. Morris

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I Am Not Making This Up: That Time Indiana Jones and The Black Panther Were Hippo Farmers

Although everyone fears shark attacks, hippos are statistically more dangerous. Yet in the early 20th century, there was a movement to populate the swamps of Louisiana with hippos that could be used to feed American Citizens. A movement spurred on by Indiana Jones and The Black Panther.

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I am not making this up: France creates it’s own monster. Jeanne de Clisson, Lioness of Brittany

If I asked you to name a lady pirate, you might mention Mary Reed or Anne Bonay. And while they get their fair share of attention, my favorite pirate (or Privateer in this case) lived long before the golden age of piracy.

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I’m Not Making This Up: The Search For Blackbeard’s Head

Once upon a time, an infamous pirate was beheaded. Centuries later, his head purportedly turned up in all sorts of interesting places.

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I Am Not Making This Up: Coins As Propaganda

All through history, I’ve read accounts of rulers and wannabe rulers who minted their own coins.  But I rarely stopped to think of the reasons why beyond assuming it was some kind of prestige thing.  But when I wrote my article on Joanna La Loca (Joan the Mad, in English), it struck me that both […]

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Archon Con Report

The last weekend of September/first weekend of October I went to Archon in St. Louis.  This was the first time I attended Archon in about 15 years.  It usually falls on my birthday weekend, so I have to make the choice of either going to Archon, or letting my family spoil me.  The struggle is […]

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My Archon Schedule

I’ll be at Archon 40 in St. Louis this weekend. This is my last planned appearance of the year.    My schedule is as follows: Friday  1:00 world building (I’m Moderating!) 4:00 author reading  7:00 the ethics of superpowers   8:00 Original Marvel TV (Moderating again!) 9:00 Yard Dog Press Traveling Roadshow   Saturday 12:00 Our […]

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I’ll be at Glichcon this weekend

So Glichcon is this weekend in Springdale, and I’ll be in attendance. My scheduled panels are: 1:00 Saturday – story storm 2:00 Saturday – dos and fonts of panting and plotting But Glichcon tends to have a very open paneling system in that I’m allowed to sit in on any other panel I want.  So […]

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I Am Not Making This Up: Ep. 2 The Curse of the Little Bastard

My short story, The Hobos, The Devil and James Dean’s Car is featured over at the pulp magazine Crimson Streets. You can read it here. In honor of the publication, I’m podcasting an abridged version of the article that inspired the story. ┬áIf you’d like to read the longer article, you can do so here. […]

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Let’s Talk About the Bad Fairy

  I’m listening to my kids read Sleeping Beauty (or listening to their book read to them, since technically they are 4 and 1 1/2. But eh. Semantics. Whatevs.). It strikes me as very short sighted that the bad fairy is the one you forget to invite to a baby shower.  Forget a good fairy, what’s […]

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My ConDFW schedule

I’ll be at ConDFW the weekend of February 12-14.  This is the first convention that I’ve done in a long time independently of my publisher.  So I’m learning how to convention anew.  This year my panels are all on Saturday.  My  schedule is as follows: Noon: Creating your Fantasy Hero (programming 2. Madison).  How do […]

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