Michael J. Martinez: How To Write While The World Burns

Here, Mighty Michael Martinez talks about something I know that plagues all of us writers — at least all of us with brains in our heads, hearts in our chests, and eyes to see — which is, how the hell do we do it now? The world seems so desperately dipshitty, how do we manage? Here is his take on that very question: * * * Like pretty much every writer I know, 2017 has been exceptionally unkind to my focus and productivity. I’ll settle in for a good bout... Read The Rest →

Ferrett Steinmetz: Five Things I Learned Writing The Uploaded

Life sucks and then you die… …a cyberpunk family drama from the ingenious author of Flex. In the near future, the elderly have moved online and now live within the computer network. But that doesn’t stop them interfering in the lives of the living, whose sole real purpose now is to maintain the vast servers which support digital Heaven. For one orphan that just isn’t enough – he wants more for himself and his sister than a life slaving away for the dead. It turns out that he’s not the... Read The Rest →

The Raptor And The Wren: Miriam Black, Book Five

In which we have a holy crap gorgeous cover from Adam Doyle. Miriam Black is back in her penultimate story. Miriam Black, in lockstep with death, continues on her quest to control her own fate in The Raptor and the Wren, the brand-new fifth book in the Miriam Black series. Having been desperate to rid herself of her psychic powers, Miriam now finds herself armed with the solution — a seemingly impossible one. But Miriam’s past is catching up to her, just as she’s trying to leave it behind. A... Read The Rest →

Why I Hate Self-Promoting My Books: A Probably-Not-Helpful List

Self-promotion. Marketing. Advertising. You gotta do it, they say. You have a new book out, you have to let them know. You have an old book out, you have to let them know. A book sale, you gotta let them know. You gotta dance the dance. Wave your arms. Shake your hips. Show a little thigh. Wink and a smile. Milk your appendages. Shimmy out of your old flesh and reveal the chromatic scale of your extraterrestrial forebears. HA HA ha what I mean, no, I don’t do those things,... Read The Rest →

Tiger Tuesday With The Big Cat Blep

LOOK, I STOLE A TIGER, OKAY THE TIGER IS MINE YOU CANNOT HAVE IT I WILL RIDE IT INTO BATTLE AND SLAY MY ENEMIES THEN WE WILL TOGETHER PLAY WITH A BIG BALL OF YARN AND BY A BIG BALL OF YARN I MEAN A WAD OF GUTS TORN FROM THE BELLIES OF MY MANY FOES MY TIGER’S NAME IS TIGERTAIL JONES WITH A SWIPE OF HIS PAW HE CAN ERASE YOUR FACE JUST FUCKING ERASE IT ONE MINUTE YOU GOT A FACE NEXT MINUTE YOUR SKULL IS AN EMPTY... Read The Rest →

Flash Fiction Challenge: A Title And Two Lines

You have given us titles. You have given us opening lines. You have given us closing lines. Now it’s time to pick a batch and write some stories. The job is easy enough: choose (randomly if you like) a title, an opening line, a closing line, and then write a story with… well, do I need to explain it? Use the title, the opening line, the closing line. C’MON PEOPLE JEEZ. Length is — well, flash fiction is usually ~1000 words, but let’s forego any kind of length here and... Read The Rest →

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