Whatcha Reading?

It’s that time again where I ask: Hey, whaddya reading? What was the last book you read (and how was it)? What are you reading right now? Er, beside this post, I mean. Me, I just finished: Delilah S. Dawson’s HIT — a YA about a girl who takes on the debt of her mother and has to pay it back in a rather unconventional way: kill or recruit other debtors in service to the bank that just secretly took over the US government. It’s fucking rad, this book. It’s like,... Read The Rest →

Flash Fiction Challenge: Random Photo Challenge

Flickr has a function called INTERESTINGNESS. Click that link. Go on, do it. It will be the basis of this week’s challenge. Click that link, and you’ll get a page of recent “interesting” photos. Choose one, and use it as the basis for a 1000-word story. Due next Friday (5/29), noon EST. Write it at your online space. Give us a link so we can see it. Choose a photo. Write.

Your Defense Of That Rape Scene Makes You Sound Kinda Gross

Spoilers ahead (though at this point I don’t know how you’ve avoided them). So, lots of discussion about the (latest!) rape scene in Game of Thrones, which has led to a whole lot of folks defending it. Some of this defense is even-minded and fair, whether or not I agree with it. I certainly don’t think any topic should be off the table when it comes to fiction, and if you feel that this scene in some way is important to the story or important to the characters or culturally vital in... Read The Rest →

Phoenix ComicCon Schedule, Zer0es News, And More

First up – Hey, Zeroes got a nice review from Publisher’s Weekly: (link for subscribers only) “Wendig (Blackbirds) piles on the thrills and chills in this fast-paced near-future novel about human frailty and inhuman ambition. … Wendig wields the tools of suspense and tension with skill. His large cast of characters is entertaining, the moments of horror are sharp and chilling, and the story races to a breathless conclusion.” Plus, a hella great quote by Christopher Golden: “Chuck Wendig is one of the most talented genre-fiction magicians we have and ZEROES... Read The Rest →

We Are Not Things: Mad Max Versus Game Of Thrones

(art above by Kate Leth, who is awesome) (and below, you will find some spoilers, so you are very much warned) Over here, you have Max Max: Fury Road, a film that may not have won the box office this weekend, but did a pretty Herculean effort ($45 million) for an R-rated film based on a very fringe franchise with aesthetics that go well against what anybody would think would sell actual tickets. In the other corner, one of the most popular television shows on at present: Game of Thrones. Pseudo-medieval epic... Read The Rest →

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