Last year I did up 25 Gifts for Writers, and may have accidentally suggested you kidnap Neil Gaiman. WELL NO MORE OF THAT, says this very specific legal writ. This year I’m back with another ten suggestions for the penmonkeys in your life. Freedom What if I told you that there existed a piece of software that slammed a giant glacial wall between A WRITER and the INTERNET so that said writer could write? BOOM INTERNET BLOCKING SOFTWARE. Which sounds strange, I know, because it’s like a cookie jar that... Read The Rest →
HERE IS THE STUFF I LIKED THIS YEAR OKAY THANK YOU BYE. Novels As my writing career has deepened, my reading habits have changed. I finish far fewer books these days. That’s not down to the quality of the books, necessarily, but in part due to an increasing persnicketiness when it comes to what books I like and what books I don’t. A story gets very little room to breathe in my world — I generally like to give a book till page 50, but realistically, if I’m not into the book... Read The Rest →
Healthcare-dot-gov, as we all know, is something of a clusterfuck. I applied very early, within the first week, and my identity verification took until about two weeks ago. And then, promptly thereafter, the website wouldn’t let me log on anymore — though that has been fixed again, and now I can log on. But I see no next steps. Like, everything just says IN PROGRESS, with no “Click Here For Plans!” magic button. I called the number (it should be noted that every phone conversation has been immediately connected and... Read The Rest →
Here’s your assignment: In the comments, I want to know: A book you read in 2013 you’d recommend. A comic book you dug in 2013. A TV show. A movie. A game. One of each. Just one. Get shut of the idea of “best” — just, you know, if you had one of each of these that you could recommend to me or to everyone else reading here, what would it be? Bonus question: And why? Your 2013 list: GO.
First round is right here. Second round is right here. The rules are simple: Look through the now 400-word entries from last week (round two, linked above). Pick one. Add another 200 words to the story. (Easiest way forward is to copy the chosen 400 words to your own blog, then add the next 200. Don’t forget to link to your now 600-word story in the comments. Someone may want to continue the tale next week, for part four.) You do not need to have participated in the first rounds... Read The Rest →