Awkward Author Photo: The Contest

I’m running a contest. I want you to take an author photo of yourself. You know — an author photo, the photo that is meant to go in the back of the book? Or the one that exists on the author’s website, Twitter, and other marketing materials? Author photos can be classy, great, compelling, curious, funny. But some of them can be a little bit awkward. (The hand under the chin, for instance: a classic awkward author look.) So! I thought, HA HA HA let’s do that. I’ll run a... Read The Rest →

Ten Things To Never Say To A Writer

“You Know, I Wanna Write A Book Someday.” They say this to you with this wistful gleam in their eye, as if writing is just a hobby, like it’s just some distant silliness that they’ll get to when they manage to win the lottery. A worse (the worst, even) version of this is: I have a book in me. Your response: “I don’t come down to your job and tell you, ‘I wanna be a janitor someday.’ You have a book in you? Well, you better do what I did, which is... Read The Rest →

A (Slightly) More Polite GamerGate Rejoinder

Yesterday, I said a thing about #GamerGate and dinosaurs and extinction. And, in a video last night in support of the Pixel Project’s Read For Pixels endeavor (which is about addressing and stopping violence against women, and which you can watch now), I noted how something like #GamerGate reminds me of what happens to yellowjacket wasps as autumn rolls on. As the cooler months rise to replace the heat of summer, wasps start to get fucking pissed because, as it turns out, they’re facing death. Winter is coming, just like in Westeros, and... Read The Rest →

The Cankerous Slime-Slick Shame Pit That Is #GamerGate

I imagine that when the meteors were coming, and the volcanos were sharting great globs of lava into the sky and onto the ground, and mammals were conspiring to survive the pyroclasm, the dinosaurs were probably pretty pissed off. They had been phased out by nature — they saw that the world was changing and that they couldn’t survive in it anymore. They probably started a hashtag. Like, #meteorgate or #nomoreextinction or something. Carving them on trees and rocks with saurian claw. And they probably filled these hashtags with a... Read The Rest →

Flash Fiction Challenge: Continuing The Tale, Part Two

Last week’s challenge is quite relevant, sooooooo – Make with the clicky clicky. Now, I misled you a wee tiny bit, because last week I was all ha ha ha oh you should write the first half of a story. Except now, because I’m a jerk, I’m changing the rules. The rules are: you’re still going to continue a story from last week’s. But you’re not going to finish not. Not yet. You’re going to write the middle 500 words. So: pick a story written by someone else from last... Read The Rest →

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