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Jay Robison

Jay Robison lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Kristi, son Mike and dogs Hoosier and Graham, having moved there 11 years ago from South Bend, Indiana to attend graduate school at The University of Texas. After earning a screenwriting degree at U.T., he kept finding excuses not to move to Los Angeles and try life in Hollywood. Jay's a contributer to the writing blog Papercoach, a diarist on the political website DailyKos, and has been a reader for the Austin Film Festival's screenplay competition, which has helped subsidize his attendance at AFF's writer's conference for ten of the last eleven years. He currently works at DogBoy's Dog Ranch, a kennel in Pflugerville,Texas, to support his writing habit.

In June 2001, Jay appeared on the game show Jeopardy!, where he was a one-day champion, proving that he's approximately 1/72nd as smart as Ken Jennings. "O For a Muse of Fire" is Jay's fourth story for the Grantville Gazette.

Jay's story "Trials" is in Ring of Fire II.

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Homage to Etruria, Part One: The Patron’s Plight

Homage to Etruria, Part One: The Patron’s Plight

I. May 1635, Outside Rome Giulio Gentileschi paused to re-tie the kerchief around his nose and mouth to keep out the dust. His companion, a hulking lefferto named Carlo Belzoni did the same. If only cloth could keep the smell of panic out of their noses as well as it...
The Sons of St. John

The Sons of St. John

The wind blowing in from the Atlantic was cold. It often was on the west coast of Scotland, even in summer. The crude stone shepherd's hut where Brother Aidan and his three fellow monks sat kept the wind out for the most part, but it was far from warm and cozy....
Mightier than the Sword

Mightier than the Sword

Magdeburg, Early winter, 1634 Frank Jackson looked out across Magdeburg from the window of his office. Under a blanket of snow, the capital of the months-old United States of Europe looked deceptively tranquil. Underneath the blanket, though, Frank knew there was a...
Breaking News

Breaking News

Rome, Italy, August, 1632 An apprentice escorted Artemisia Gentileschi into the stifling studio. She was expected. "Maestra Gentileschi, my dear, how pleasant to see you!" Gian Lorenzo Bernini stood in the middle of his studio. The young sculptor's handsomeness was...
O For a Muse of Fire

O For a Muse of Fire

O for a muse of fire, that would ascendThe brightest heaven of invention! —Shakespeare, Henry V Andreas Gryphius, born Greif, waited outside the door to Amber Higham's office. He knew he hadn't done anything wrong, knew that that was not why the high school's...