Writing: Longevity, Patience, And Shittin’ Pants (A Storify)

So, the other day on Twitter I summoned up a tweetstorm about writing and publishing and the advice I gave to a power company worker who came here the other day to change out a meter. BEHOLD THE LURID TALE. (Original link to Storify here, if you need it.) [View the story “Longevity, Patience, And Shittin’ Pants” on Storify]

Macro Monday Looks A Little Like Snaggletooth

That is a ladybug, up close. It is not my best photo but I wanted to post it. Why, you ask? We think of ladybugs like they’re these cute little buggie-wuggies — and at a distance, they are. Toodling along, munching on aphids (this guy is in fact slurping up the last remains of an aphid — basically, licking his plate clean). But look at that face. LOOK AT THAT FACE. JESUS GOD IN HEAVEN WHAT THE HELL, LADYBUG And then I thought, you know what that ladybug looks like?... Read The Rest →

Flash Fiction Challenge: Pick Three Sentences And Write

Last week I said, HEY YOU KIDS GET OFF MY LAWN, and then I realized I wasn’t yelling at kids on my lawn but writers on my blog and so then I was like HEY YOU WRITERS WRITE ME A SENTENCE. And a bunch of you did. Your job now is to scan the comments at that post and find three sentences you like. Use them in a single story, any genre, without any limitation except their inclusion. Be sure to provide credit to the original authors of the sentences... Read The Rest →

Melanie Meadors: Five Things I Learned Editing Hath No Fury

Last year, around this time, Joe Martin invited me to co-edit an anthology with him. It was to be a celebration of strong female characters, inspired by our desire at Ragnarok Publications to diversify our anthologies a bit more. Even when we have awesome women writing for us, so often the characters were still men. We wanted to have a spotlight on the ladies, to explore new themes, to flip some tropes on their heads, and above all, to have fun. But of course, no venture passes without a few... Read The Rest →

Defense Against The Dark Ants: Invasive Is Out Now

INVASIVE is out now! Kirkus said it best in its — *shines an apple* — starred review, “Think Thomas Harris’ Will Graham and Clarice Starling rolled into one and pitched on the knife’s edge of a scenario that makes Jurassic Park look like a carnival ride.” If you don’t mind spreading the word about it, I’d sure appreciate it. Feel free to nab it wherever books are sold: Indiebound | Amazon | B&N | iBooks Also, don’t forget to join me tomorrow, 8.17, at Doylestown Book Shop, where I’ll be signing and talking... Read The Rest →

Macro Monday Knows The Definition Of Formication

OH GOD HE’S AS BIG AS A ROTTWEILER IT’S A MONSTER IT’S CLICKING AT ME SEND BORAX AND SUGAR Fine, no, he’s not some gi-hugic ant, it’s just an ant at the end of my macro lens. This one is Camponotus pennsylvanicus — the black carpenter ant. And of course he’s just here, surely excited to revel in tomorrow’s release of Invasive. And hey, did you see there’s a contest? There’s a contest. A photo contest! Details here. Also, speaking of ants, I highly recommend this fascinating article on the Argentine ant — an... Read The Rest →

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