Dear Men, It’s Time We Had A Conversation

Gather around, those who identify as menly mens. We need to have a talk. A number of of you are doing some things very badly. You’ve gone awry, you poor fools. (And already I know there’s some suppurating human blister out there about to hop on social media and call me Cuck Wendig, but trust me, if “cuck” is your go-to-insult of choice, we all know you’re a greasy, blubbering shit-baby who still lives with his parents.) Let’s highlight some areas of improvement, gents. Because you’re getting to be a problem. What Did... Read The Rest →

Invasive Photo Contest — Winners!

AHOY-HOY. It’s time to announce the Invasive Photo Contest winners! First, you can go here and see the current entries. Now, time to announce the random draw, who will win a Harper Voyager prize pack… And now, my pick, which was a tough one — I kept bouncing back and forth between three of them, but in the end, this one was the inevitable winner, I think: Congrats to both Steven Voelker and Corey Peterson! I’ll be emailing you shortly…

Five Things I’d Like To See In No Man’s Sky

*stomps feet like petulant child* I DEMAND THINGS I DEMAND YOU, VIDEO GAME, CHANGE FOR MY FICKLE WHIMS *kicks sand* *pouts* *stabs somebody* Okay, I apologize for my tantrum. I’ve been playing No Man’s Sky. A lot. I love it. It is oddly relaxing and calming. It is punctuated with moments of bizarre beauty. It skips along to moments of emergent narrative, like the time I lost my ship, or the time I lodged my ship between some rocks (due to a bug, admittedly) on a high security sentinel planet with few... Read The Rest →

Macro Monday Dreams Of Autumn, And Bears Bad News

All right, summer, you’re too damn hot to handle. It’s time to go, chop chop, let’s bring fall in. Let’s get some pretty leaves falling, some cooler air, some nice breezes, some kids back to school — hell, I’ll even take the traditional AUTUMNAL PRACTICE of the PUMPKIN SPICE ENEMA. That’s a thing, isn’t it? I’m pretty sure it’s a thing. That macro there is, by the way, a fallen leaf with some waterdrops on it. Now, onward, to news-shellacked tiddle-bits. GeekDad reviewed Invasive! “Wendig’s short and sweet chapters will... Read The Rest →

Flash Fiction Challenge: Behold The Idiomatic!

The Idiomatic. I love it. It basically mashes up a couple-few idioms into something new and very possibly inane, and very possibly wise. (Example: “God shouldn’t cross the bridge till you come to it.” What does that mean? I don’t know! But damnit, I like it.) It forms the backbone of today’s fiction challenge. Click it. Get a fake mash-up idiom you like. (Re-clicks are fine, obviously.) Then use it in a story. That’s it. Length: ~1000 words Due by: Friday, September 2nd, noon EST (holy shit, it’ll be September soon, you guys)... Read The Rest →

Five Things I Learned Writing Invasive

[So, I get to do one of these right? I think I’m allowed. Don’t look at me like that. IT’S MY BLOG AND I’LL DO WHAT I WANT. *kicks sand in your face* *and by sand, I mean ants* *fire ants*] “Think Thomas Harris’ Will Graham and Clarice Starling rolled into one and pitched on the knife’s edge of a scenario that makes Jurassic Park look like a carnival ride. Another rip-roaring, deeply paranoid thriller about the reasons to fear the future.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Hannah Stander is... Read The Rest →

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