Anne Frasier: Five Things I Learned Writing The Body Reader

For three years, Detective Jude Fontaine was kept from the outside world. Held in an underground cell, her only contact was with her sadistic captor, and reading his face was her entire existence. Learning his every line, every movement, and every flicker of thought is what kept her alive. After her experience with isolation and torture, she is left with a fierce desire for justice—and a heightened ability to interpret the body language of both the living and the dead. Despite colleagues’ doubts about her mental state, she resumes her... Read The Rest →

Star Wars: Life Debt Excerpt at Mashable!

Today, Mashable drops a pretty big Life Debt excerpt. Go read it! It features Leia! And her baby! And the Force! And Luke! AND EWOKS. (No, really.) Some things you should know about the excerpt – First, despite what the post says, I don’t consider Han and Chewie to be the “main focus” of the book. They are a focus, and are important to the story. So is Leia. So is the crew from the first Aftermath. SO IS RAE SLOANE AND MISTER BONES AND ahhhhh eeee wooo. Ahem. What I’m saying... Read The Rest →

Let’s Whip Up Some Common Sense Gun Control! Weehaw!

As a total fantasy, because none of this is going to happen given our current Congress, let’s play a game of: how would Chuck Wendig do gun control? Like, if I had magical control over all governmental processes, how would I, a humble dipshit, control guns? Let’s throw up some caveats, though, first. First, I grew up around guns. My father operated a gun store and also was a gunsmith in his spare time. I reloaded ammo for him. We hunted. I still hunt. I wouldn’t call myself an expert, but I am... Read The Rest →

Macro Monday And The Otherworldly Proximity

That image is a blueberry. Actually, it’s one blueberry among many — I was washing them one day to make muffins, and the waterdrops rested on them just so. I nabbed my camera, and there we are. An otherworldly shot — as if looking upon a bubbled dome sitting upon an alien hillock somewhere. Nobody says “hillock” anymore but fuck it, it’s an alien planet. We can go with “hillock” if we want. Let’s see, what else is going on? I forgot a flash fiction challenge Friday (well, I was... Read The Rest →

Yoon Ha Lee: Five Things I Learned Writing Ninefox Gambit

To win an impossible war Captain Kel Cheris must awaken an ancient weapon and a despised traitor general. Captain Kel Cheris of the hexarchate is disgraced for using unconventional methods in a battle against heretics.  Kel Command gives her the opportunity to redeem herself by retaking the Fortress of Scattered Needles, a star fortress that has recently been captured by heretics.  Cheris’s career isn’t the only thing at stake.  If the fortress falls, the hexarchate itself might be next. Cheris’s best hope is to ally with the undead tactician Shuos... Read The Rest →

Cassandra Khaw: Vexed About Voice

Cassandra Khaw went for a bit of a tear on Twitter about voice in one’s writing — and how every writer has a different feel to a voice, but also how a lot of advice tries to sand that down so we all write the same. She’s right to be vexed by that, and so when she wrote a guest post on that very vexation, well, c’mon. It’s too good not to post. (And as you’ll see below, she’s also too good a writer to ignore…) * * * Voice.... Read The Rest →

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