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 →

Things You Should Know When Writing About Guns

[NOTE: The below post is not meant to be an endorsement for or a prohibition against guns in the real world in which we all live. It is a discussion of firearms in fiction. Keep comments civil... or I'll boot you out the airlock into the silent void.] Guns, man. Guns. *flexes biceps* *biceps which turn into shotguns that blow encroaching ninjas to treacly gobbets* CH-CHAK. Ahem. If you’re a writer in a genre space — particularly crime, urban fantasy, some modes of sci-fi — you are likely to write about... Read The Rest →

Oooh, Scary, Scary: Books!

The question I pose is a pretty simple one: What is the scariest book you’ve ever read? It doesn’t need to be horror, of course, though I expect a good bit of horror to creep and skulk through. And you can talk about comic books, too, if you’re so inclined. Note: I’m not asking about your favorite scary book. I’m asking about the one that scared you, or freaked you out, or disturbed you on some fundamental level. I get more than a little freaked out by serial killer books. Exquisite... Read The Rest →

Flash Fiction Challenge: Picking Uncommon Apples

Last week’s challenge: From Sentence To Story. It is apple season, people. Apple season. APPLE SEASON. And with apple season comes a chance to sample a world of weird apples. Uncommon apples. Like, say, from this list grabbed at North Star Orchards here in PA. I want you to look through this list. You can use a random number generator if you like. But pick three of these apples. And include them — not apples themselves, necessarily, but the names of said apples — in your story. They can be included however you... Read The Rest →

Why Four Women Playing Ghostbusters Is Not A Gimmick

In case you didn’t know – Paul Feig is rebooting the Ghostbusters franchise with women doing the bustin’ of ghosts. This with the writer of The Heat, Katie Dippold. (For the record: I freaking loved The Heat. Not high comedy, and plot holes you could break a leg in, but man did I laugh. I am a tiny bit sad that it seems like it won’t be getting a sequel.) Of course, with this news, I’ve seen the cry: It’s a gimmick. Feig is obviously aware of the criticism, too, because he says: “I... Read The Rest →

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