Signal Flare: Promote Your Book — And Someone Else’s

The holidays are swiftly coming up. A lot of you are writers. Writers with books out. Novels, comics, collections. Hell, we can even expand this to indie games, or Kickstarters, or whatever you want, long as it’s you writing it and it’s something that tells a story. So, here’s your chance to promote that thing in the comments below. Tell us about it! Tell us why we should check it out! Get excited. (And don’t forget to give us a link to click. By the way, giving us links to click may hold your comment... Read The Rest →

Sale: 30 Days In The Word Mines / Gonzo Bundle

We’re halfway through the month — the month of furious novel-scribbling and word-barfing. Whether or not you’re doing NaNoWriMo, every month represents an opportunity to carve out new narrative territory, no matter if you’re writing 200 words a day or 2000. So, I’m gonna put 30 Days In The Word Mines on sale here at terribleminds for $1.99. I’ll also put the Gonzo Bundle on sale, too. That one, for just $15.00. SO, two bucks gets you the former. Or, if you’d rather have eight books instead of just one: fifteen bucks. This is also a... Read The Rest →

Flash Fiction Challenge: Oh, We’re Gonna Use These Photos All Right

Last week’s challenge: The Three-Story Sentence. So, I saw this thing at Buzzfeed. 21 Stock Photos That No One Will Ever Be Able To Use. Well, we’re using them now. Pick one! (Or: use a d20 or random number generator.) Write a story inspired by that image. You’ve got 1000 words. Post at your online space, link to it here in the comments. Due by next Friday. (Don’t forget to identify which photo you’re using!)

Kate Brauning: Five Things I Learned Writing How We Fall

Ever since Jackie moved to her uncle’s sleepy farming town, she’s been flirting way too much — and with her own cousin, Marcus. Her friendship with him has turned into something she can’t control, and he’s the reason Jackie lost track of her best friend, Ellie, who left for…no one knows where. Now Ellie has been missing for months, and the police, fearing the worst, are searching for her body. Swamped with guilt and the knowledge that acting on her love for Marcus would tear their families apart, Jackie pushes... Read The Rest →

Money And Politics: The Heart Of The Motherfucking Monster

A brief digression on politics. No, no, I know, I don’t want to talk about politics either. Politics is an ebola tornado: it’s just shit and blood whirling about in a toxic funnel. It’s all gone Biff and George McFly — we don’t like Biff the bully because he’s a bully, but we at least respect him for having the strength of his cinderblock convictions. McFly we can’t respect because he just cringes and needs his son to travel back in time to teach him how to throw a punch. And so... Read The Rest →

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