Flash Fiction Challenge: The Subgenre Tango

This week, we return to a classic. I will give you 20 subgenres. You will pick two from the list either using a d20 or random number generator (or use tea leaves or falcon guts or something), then you will write a short story that mashes up those two subgenres. (So you might get Kaiju Noir, or Superhero BDSM, or Parallel Universe Whodunit!) This time, you’ll get 1500 words. This is due by next Friday (2/12), noon EST. Post at your online space. Link to it in the comments below. So we can all read... Read The Rest →

Emmie Mears: Hi, Hello, We’re Here to Revoke Your Artist Card

Impostor Syndrome is one of those topics that I think we all instinctively grok. We all feel like we’re stowaways, and success really doesn’t ameliorate that. They could give us the captain’s hat and we’d still be all HOLY SHIT I DON’T KNOW WHAT I’M DOING HERE WHAT IS A BOAT IS THAT THE OCEAN OH FUCK FUCK FUCK. Emmie Mears had a cool take on it and she wrote that take up for you all to read. Behold! * * * A Face pops up over the shoulder of... Read The Rest →

If I Did A Novel-Writing Story-Lab, What Would It Look Like?

This started on Twitter because I was saying that the Sundance Screenwriting Lab was really very formative for me as a writer. Basically, prior to the Sundance Festival, you end up in the mountains for five days studying with mentors who help you pick apart your work in a variety of ways. It’s a very narrow focus, in what was for me the best way possible. You mostly work to dissect your own script, and you also get the benefit of hanging out with peers and professionals and share meals... Read The Rest →

February Is The Month Of Digital Book Sales, Apparently!

Well, hot dang. I have written a lot of books. And the majority of them are on sale this month in digital format. Why? BECAUSE IT IS ALMOST VALENTINE’S DAY AND I LOVE YOU. AND IT’S TOTALLY NOT BECAUSE SOMEONE ELSE IS IN CONTROL OF IT AND I HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT. *goes in for an awkward hug* *is correctly Tasered* *shakes it off* So, what books are on sale, you might ask? The first three Miriam Black books (where Miriam can solve murders before they happen because... Read The Rest →

Macro Monday: The Damselfly Dead

That is a dead damselfly (view larger here). An ebony jewelwing, to be specific. It was quite pretty, and I tried to take a number of shots of it in repose, but this one — this utterly broken, mutilated shot — is my favorite of that day’s bunch. It looks like a creature in some kind of benediction or prayer. Or perhaps in mourning. Either way: please to enjoy.

The Pros And Cons Of Pro Cons (For Writers)

SEE WHAT I DID THERE? PROS CONS OF PRO CONS. I tickle myself inappropriately. Anyway, so, last week Authorbeing Marko Kloos wrote a post about the cost of his trip to Confusion, an SFF con in Michigan. His estimation of cost: $1880, though he notes with more frugal spending that cost could’ve easily been knocked down to under a thousand bucks. Still, a thousand bucks is no small amount of cash. With that you could pay rent, make a car payment, buy a month’s worth of groceries, or finally afford a long... Read The Rest →

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