Lay A Paragraph On The Altar Of Critique

Last week’s post about critiquing opening lines generated a fascinating — and holy crap, robust — fusillade of comments back and forth, which is exciting to see. So, let’s do it again. Or, something similar, at least. What I want you to to do is to grab a paragraph — hopefully a shorter one, but that’s your call — and offer up that paragraph for critique. Drop it into the comments, and let folks talk about what would make it stronger — in terms of description, metaphor, clarity of language,... Read The Rest →

Flash Fiction Challenge: Pick An Opening Line And Go

[Edit: Apologies that this didn't post! I set it to auto-post and was a bit busy today, too busy to see it actually had not posted. But dangit, it's still Friday so I'm getting in under the wire.] Last week’s challenge is relevant here: The Return of the Opening Line Contest. Your job this week is simple in concept, daunting in choice. Clink that link. Then – You need to go through the entries — er, all 400-500 of them — and find an opening line you like. Then you will... Read The Rest →

Book Announcement: “Zeroes,” to Harper Voyager

HEY, I SOLD A BOOK. Harper Voyager acquired rights to my novel, Zeroes, in a two-book deal, with publication slated for 2015. What the hell is this book, you ask? Well: When five hackers — an Anonymous-style rabble rouser, an Arab Spring hactivist, a black-hat hacker, an old-school cipherpunk, and an online troll — are scooped up by the U.S. government and told they face prison sentences or worse, they take the deal that’s offered them: working as white-hat hackers in service to their nation. Forced into an uneasy alliance,... Read The Rest →

Ten Things I’d Like To Say To Young Writers

More and more I’m allowed the benefit of corrupting the minds of creative writing students out there in the world, which is awesome for me, and probably disturbing for them. Regardless, as I am occasionally mistaken as some kind of “person who knows things” when it comes to writing, I feel like I have a few things I’d like to say to you Young Penmonkeys out there — those of you between the ages of, mmm, say, 16-21. Not to say this won’t also apply to others who want to... Read The Rest →

White Wolf: The Dirge

CCP has abandoned the White Wolf World of Darkness MMO. I don’t know what this means for the larger WOD brand, or what happens to the ragged tatters of the company that has been frayed and shredded over the years since the EVE Online developer bought the pen-and-paper company. I know it means layoffs, so, fuck. I also know that, at present, Onyx Path continues to roll out its gleaming obsidian walkway of horror-fantasy gaming delights, acting as the spiritual and also literal successor to the White Wolf voodoo — and... Read The Rest →

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