Last week’s challenge — “Five Titles Make A Challenge” — exists for your perusal. Oh, and a quick housekeeping note: still reading through the last Epic Game of Aspects stories to determine my favorite! Gimme time. You guys did some awesome stuff and there’s a good amount to go through. Soon! Today is easy. Er, easy to describe, difficult to do. This is another “write a story in three sentences” challenge except — Drum roll please, make it scary. (Meaning: horror.) And please, under 100 words. This one’s a little... Read The Rest →
Last week’s challenge: Sci-Fi/ Fantasy Open Swim. A couple days ago I said something hasty and insane about “killing genre,” and in there I hit on something I really quite liked — giving fiction aspects or elements instead of genres. So, instead of searching for “epic fantasy,” you can search for stories that have “fantasy” and “politics” together. Or “jetpacks.” Or “detective / mythology / death in the family.” Whatever. So, that’s (er, kinda) what I’m doing here, today. I’m going to give you three columns. You have to pick... Read The Rest →
(Be advised: I’m doing another Reddit AMA all day today, so swing by and ask me, well, anything.) I’ll dispense with the self-promo bloggerel right now: HOLY CRAP MOCKINGBIRD IS OUT *jumps up and down, froths at the mouth, kicks computer monitor through the window, throws up on self* Available for in print and e-book at: Amazon (US) Amazon (UK) Barnes & Noble Indiebound Now, on with the post. The Second In A Series Is Tricksy Business Staring down the barrel of a “next in the series” is some tricky... Read The Rest →
And here, then, for your... erm, amusement and/or edification, the new "book trailer" for BLACKBIRDS and MOCKINGBIRD. I pulled out the profanity of the book, strung it together into a wall of vulgar gibberish, then I read it aloud. Here it is. I'm so sorry.
I wanted lines that told multiple potential stories. Meaning, a writer could read it and find a world of stories coming out of that one line -- not just the one obvious one, say. Some lines were very specific to a genre or to an event and so I hesitated using them, despite their inherent awesomeness.
"If you like very human protagonists who kick ass, if you want to see true evil punished, if you love your pets, Bait Dog is for you. Know going in that it's going to hurt. Remember that the hurt will be worth it. Take a deep breath, and dive in." -- from Josh Loomis' review at his blog.