Out Today: Damn Fine Story

THE MONOCLED ELK HAS BEEN RELEASED INTO THE WILD. Hey, I wrote a book! You’ve probably heard me mouthing off about it. This book is Damn Fine Story: Mastering the Tools of a Powerful Narrative. It is not, precisely, a book about writing advice. Rather, it is a book about storytelling. Further, it’s a book about why we tell stories, how we tell them, and what we can do to tell them in a way that is clear, clever, and confident. It’s about understanding the shape of narrative and letting characters... Read The Rest →

Macro Monday Hits The Road

It is time, good people of the intertubes, for me to leave you. *gets in a spaceship* *waits for spaceship to take off* *finds out spaceship is actually just a pillow fort my 6-year-old built* *stays in there anyway, drinking cocoa, because fuck yeah, pillow forts and cocoa* OKAY NO I’m not actually escaping the gravity of this planet. I’m hitting the road in support of Damn Fine Story, out tomorrow. (And, if we’re being totally honest, I have already left on a big airplane and should already be on the Leftmost Coast.)... Read The Rest →

Invasive At CBS — “Unthinkable”

*ahem* I have an announcement to make. *opens mouth* *ants pour out* *ants collectively spell a message* FBI Drama From Jerry Bruckheimer TV & ‘MacGyver’ EP David Slack Set At CBS *ants return to mouth* *maw snaps shut* So, if you click that link, you’ll see a couple notable paragraphs: CBS has put in development Unthinkable, an FBI crime drama from Jerry Bruckheimer Television and MacGyver executive producer David Slack. CBS Television Studios, where both JBTV and Slack are based, is the studio. Written and executive produced by Slack, Unthinkable, based on Chuck Wendig’s... Read The Rest →

Kali Wallace: Five Things I Learned Writing The Memory Trees

Sorrow Lovegood’s life has been shaped by the stories of the women who came before her: brave, resilient ancestors who settled long ago on an unusual apple orchard in Vermont. The land has been passed down through generations, and Sorrow and her family take pride in its strange history. Their offbeat habits may be ridiculed by other townspeople—especially their neighbors, the Abrams family—but for the first eight years of her life, the orchard is Sorrow’s whole world. Then one winter night everything changes. Sorrow’s sister, Patience, is tragically killed. Their... Read The Rest →

Jon McGoran: What Spliced Taught Me About Spliced

I love reading the “Five Things I Learned…” posts on terribleminds, and I’ve enjoyed writing them in the past. That’s what this post was originally going to be, and I did learn plenty while writing Spliced: about using viruses as vectors for gene splicing, climate change, animal personhood, computer implants, the difference (in my mind) between science thrillers and science fiction, and a lot about writing YA. And there were plenty of other interesting discoveries that came before I even had the idea for Spliced. Part of what I love... Read The Rest →

The Game Is Rigged

The game is rigged. It’s not a surprise, not a mystery, definitely not news to a majority of the country’s population — women, people of color, the LGBT community, the disabled, immigrants. But the election of the Naughahyde Narcissist to the Highest Chair in the Land has given 2017 a near-perfect view of the game, exposed — all its crushing gears and choking chains, all the mechanisms laid bare. All the uneven scoring, all the tilted fields, all the corrupt umps. Harvey Weinstein is a serial abuser, and Hillary gets the... Read The Rest →

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