Miriam Black Lives

I’ll just let Publisher’s Weekly tell the tale: For Simon & Schuster’s new SF imprint, Saga Press, Joe Monti took world English rights, in a six-book deal, to Chuck Wendig’s Miriam Black series. The books follow the titular heroine, who is cursed with the ability to see the death of every person she touches. Through the deal, Saga will release the three backlist titles in the series—Blackbirds, Mockingbird, and The Cormorant (all originally released by Angry Robot)—first as e-books, then as trade paperbacks. The deal also covers three new titles. The books are currently in development... Read The Rest →

The Pupdate

This morning, around 1:30AM, my wife woke me up and thrust her iPhone into my face. “Look at this poop,” she actually really said. And there, on the screen — viewed blearily and gauzily through my sleep-shellacked eyes — was indeed a pile of canine diarrhea in the grass. However, that word — “pile” — is notable here, because up until recently, what came out of our taco terrier’s Other End could best be described as “gray water.” And it’s been going on for months. Tai has IBD/colitis and maybe, just... Read The Rest →

Flash Fiction Challenge: Spammerpunk Horror

Last week’s challenge: Picking Uncommon Apples. So, I’ve been getting some weird spam comments and emails these days. They are vaguely tinged with horror. Goofy horror. Worthless, not-scary horror. Poorly-written horror. But horror. For instance, a strong vampire theme runs through, as in this one: My name is Clavin.,am an agent of vampire,am here to introduce our new world trend to you,a world of vampire where life get easier,we have made so many persons vampires and have turned them rich,you will be assured long life and prosperity,you shall be made... Read The Rest →

Shane Burcaw: Five Things I Learned Writing Laughing At My Nightmare

With acerbic wit and a hilarious voice, Shane Burcaw’s Laughing at My Nightmare describes the challenges he faces as a twenty-one-year-old with spinal muscular atrophy. From awkward handshakes to having a girlfriend and everything in between, Shane handles his situation with humor and a “you-only-live-once” perspective on life. While he does talk about everyday issues that are relatable to teens, he also offers an eye-opening perspective on what it is like to have a life threatening disease. Last year, as my blog began to grow into the hundreds of thousands of followers, I decided to write a book.... Read The Rest →

Shut Up And Write (Or: “I Really Want To Be A Writer, But…”)

Yes. You. *waggles accusing finger* Shut up and write. No, no, I know. You just wrote me an email and in this email — like in so many other emails by so many other ‘aspiring’ writers — you informed me that you really want to be a writer, but. No, it doesn’t matter what follows after the but. Something about time. Or family. Or fear. Or lack of knowledge. Or lack of practice. Or bees. Or facebees. Or how your hands were gnawed off by winged, mutated piranha leaving you with... Read The Rest →

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