Kameron Hurley: Absolute Zero — The Temperature At Which Writers Give Up

I will never not give blog space to Kameron Hurley, because Kameron Hurley is a whip-crack crotch-kick of a writer. She is amazing, and she is welcome here forever. (I mean, it doesn’t help that she stole the keys to the blog and made herself a copy.) Read her books. But read this first. * * * I’ve given up on a lot of things in my life: Relationships. Carbs. Being an astronaut. Adjunct teaching. Running for “fun.” Most things concocted at Taco Bell. What I never gave up on... Read The Rest →

Recommend A Scary Book

It is October. It is the time of skeletons, Jack-o-Lanterns, and animated scarecrows. It is the time of haunted DMVs, and jars full of teeth, and vampire driving slowly in the left lane. It is the time of zombie preschoolers with snot-slick hands running toward you at top speed, and the ghost of your disappointed father, and Miley Cyrus hosting Saturday Night Live. IT IS THE SCARIEST MONTH, OOOOOOOOOOO. Ahem. Whatever. Your job: Recommend a scary book. Just one. And not your own. Tell us why it scared you. Here, let... Read The Rest →

Heartland Trilogy Sale, NYCC, And More

The complete Heartland trilogy is the Kindle Daily Deal. All three books — meaning, yes, the latest — are $1.99 apiece. (Actually, they’re only $0.99 if you have bought the print editions from Amazon.) Under the Empyrean Sky Blightborn The Harvest The books take place in the Heartland, a world taken over by bloodthirsty corn and ruled by a wealthy class who hover above the poor, hardscrabble Heartlanders in their floating cities. John Hornor Jacobs described it as Star Wars meets John Steinbeck, which I think works. I just call ‘em... Read The Rest →

Flash (Non)Fiction Challenge: Tell A Story From Your Life

This one is going to be a bit different than the usual. I want you to do the standard — write a story, keep it around 1000 words, post it at your blog, and link back here in the comments so we can all see it. However, I want it to be a true story. Preferably, one that happened to you. Meaning, I’d like you to engage in a little creative non-fiction and write a story from your own life instead of something made up. The value of looking to our... Read The Rest →

John Adamus: Why Editing (By An Editor Who Isn’t You) Matters

Usually, folks who want to do guest posts here are writers — but I wanted a perspective from an editor, so when I recently caught up with John (who is a friend and who is someone who has edited my work in the past), I thought, hey, maybe we can hear from a freelance editor, see what he has to say to all us ink-fingered word-fumblers. Here, then, is John Adamus – * * * One of my favorite things to do is talk about editing, and talk about how editing... Read The Rest →

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