Fuck Yeah, Independent Bookstores

[img of the awesome Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington, KY] The last Saturday in April is Independent Bookstore Day, which is to say: this Saturday. Which means you should take the extra time, if possible, to hit such a bookstore this weekend — remember, you can find them via Indiebound.org — and if you don’t have one near you, don’t forget too that many will ship books directly to you. So, I thought I’d take some time to talk about why I love indie bookstores — and, now, this is with the caveat... Read The Rest →

Chicken And Waffles Drizzled With Salt-And-Vinegar Maple Syrup

Fried Chicken to me is one of those fundamentally American foods. So much so that apparently I feel the need to capitalize it, like some kind of weirdo. It is as fundamental, perhaps, as barbecue — and yes, I know that neither this nor barbecue originate in these here YOO-NIGHTED STATES, but they feel keenly ours, as if they’re lodged deep in the aorta of the diseased American heart! And now that I’ve gotten you hungry by talking about diseased hearts and clogged aortas… I love fried chicken, but I tend not to deep fry things here... Read The Rest →

Macro Monday Knows How To Multiply Six By Nine

HELLO, I AM NOW 42 YEARS OLD NOW, PLEASE HAVE A PHOTO OF A BLOODROOT FLOWER. And yes, that’s really what it is. It’s goddamn motherfucking bloodroot, son. The root is literally red, and can be used as a dye — or a poison! So, that coffee you’re drinking tastes a little funny, doesn’t it? Ha ha I’m kidding I didn’t poison you. *stares* *waits* Ahem. Anyway, bloodroot may be one of the coolest plant names ever, though it has competitors like SPIDERWORT, which if you combine with bloodroot, you get my new... Read The Rest →

Bryan Camp: Five Things I Learned Writing The City Of Lost Fortunes

In 2011, Post-Katrina New Orleans is a place haunted by its history and by the hurricane’s destruction, a place that is hoping to survive the rebuilding of its present long enough to ensure that it has a future. Street magician Jude Dubuisson is likewise burdened by his past and by the consequences of the storm, because he has a secret: the magical ability to find lost things, a gift passed down to him by the father he has never known—a father who just happens to be a god. When the... Read The Rest →

Michael Moreci: The Origin Story of Wasted Space

And here is writer Michael Moreci to talk about his newest comic, Wasted Space — out today from Vault Comics. Go grab from your LCS. As a writer, when you’re on the book promotion road, you find yourself repeating things you’ve already said a lot. I mean, there’s only so many questions interviewers can ask, and there’s only so many ways you can answer them. It’s just the way it goes. And one of the questions writers most commonly gets asked is “Where did this story come from?” For Wasted... Read The Rest →

My Trip To An Amazon Bookstore: A Review

Last month, I went to Austin to give a workshop to the local RWA, and while there, I had the chance to pop into a brand spankin’ new Amazon Bookstore. Now, stepping foot into a physical Amazon bookstore is immediately surreal, in part because Amazon has for so long been a purely digital entity — so, when you enter this space, you become momentarily concerned that you have just shoved your Meatspace Body into a Cyberspace Realm, like you’ve broken some critical rule of reality. “WAIT IS THIS THE MATRIX. IS... Read The Rest →

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