"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.
You already know this, but Mockingbird drops at the end of the month. In the time before release (nnngh), I want to deliver unto you a contest. Except, I'm far too scatter-brained for one contest. So, buckity-fuck it. Let's do three.
Last week’s challenge: “Antag/Protag.” This is a two-part challenge. First part of the challenge is a part we’ve done here before: opening lines. I want you to write the opening sentence to a story. That’s it. Just the opening sentence. Can be suggestive of any genre. Should be no more than 50 words (and even that’s pretty long — you’re best keeping it roughly at “tweet” length). A good opening line is punchy. It may have a question implicit — or, at least, is itself a hook that will snare... Read The Rest →
Last week’s challenge? Must Love Time Travel. This week, I talked about what it takes to write an antagonist. And so it seems like a good time to connect a flash fiction challenge to it. Here’s what you’re going to do. You’re going to write a flash fiction story, maximum 1000-words. You will write half of it from the perspective of a protagonist. You will write half of it from the perspective of the antagonist. As always, post your stories online, and drop a link in the comments below so... Read The Rest →
Last week’s challenge — “The Android and the Wondering Chamber.” Yesterday I had the fortune of interviewing Misters Hornshaw and Hurwitch (who sound the purveyors of fine meats) about their funny book on time travel (So You Created A Wormhole). As such, I thought, well, let’s carry the ball forward a little bit. You have 1000 words in which to write a story where “time travel” is a prominent feature. Anything and everything else can feature – As long as it has time travel. Post at your online space, then... Read The Rest →