That is a suitably dreary photo to accurately represent how suitably dreary it is outside right now. It’s gray and rainy and unnnggghh *banshee moan* this weekend was warm and lush and spring was in the air and now it’s cold and wet and fuck it. And no that’s not a macro photo, but we’re all just going to have to deal. It’s a macro photo if you’re a giant. How about that? There you go. If you’re a giant, particularly a Space Giant out there in Giant Space, it’s... Read The Rest →
It is Friday the 13th. Easily a day we ascribe to “horror,” but here, I’d like to take a different tack with it — I’d like you to write a short story about LUCK. Good, bad, indifferent, whatever. But luck. Doesn’t have to be horror at all, though it certainly can be. Length: ~1000 words Due by: Friday, April 20th, noon EST Write at your online space. Give us a link below. Luck it up, motherluckers.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy meets the joy and glamour of Eurovision in bestselling author Catherynne M. Valente’s science fiction spectacle, where sentient races compete for glory in a galactic musical contest… and the stakes are as high as the fate of planet Earth. A century ago, the Sentience Wars tore the galaxy apart and nearly ended the entire concept of intelligent space-faring life. In the aftermath, a curious tradition was invented—something to cheer up everyone who was left and bring the shattered worlds together in the spirit of peace,... Read The Rest →
And now, a post from Charles Soule — a man who has already conquered comics and now has come for our prose, the bastard, with his most excellent novel, The Oracle Year. * * * I’m going to write a little bit about writing here, as from what I understand that’s part of the stock-in-trade of this particular website. More specifically, a part of the process that I think is utterly crucial but little-discussed – and also part of the truth of any creative living (or endeavor, whether you’re paid for... Read The Rest →
Everyone knows that in order to write what the industry calls “secondary world fantasy,” i.e., fantasy that takes place in an invented world, the author must do research. And what becomes clear to anyone serious about writing is that research can be endless. You can literally do research for the rest of your life—that’s what scholarship is. There will always be fascinating texts and articles to read, esoteric facts you can pull up to wow your audience like a magician’s sleight of hand. But if you’re looking to write a... Read The Rest →
Writing advice, as I am wont to say, is half-a-bag of nonsense. It’s a wonderful, heady, narcotic mix of survivorship bias and whisper-down-the-lane stories, a steady parade of bullshit in a long line of linked-up wagons. But it’s useful, too, especially when you can take the advice in as exactly that: advice. When you absorb it as an option, as a bit of guidance or a loosey-goosey recommendation, you bring it into you, you get to play with it, examine it, challenge it. And then you can utilize it. Or discard it. Or hide it... Read The Rest →