Yes, but what is your game *about*? 5

I’ve been meaning to write about this since I got back from ECCC, and I guess this is my first opportunity. I spent most of the time at the con hiding behind the Angry Robot table and trying to convince passersby to buy some books. Which isn’t a problem, I assure you. I don’t really ...

Happy sequel day! 1

Happy sequel day!
It’s here! Out in the UK and the US now, you can get Blood Binds the Pack! I mean JUST LOOK AT IT. LOOK AT MAG BEING A TOTAL BAMF. This is my first ever second book, and I’m really, really proud of it. There are explosions, and an even bigger heist, and girl kissing, and ...

2017 Writing Year in Review 2

Writing This Year Novels: 2 (Blood Binds the Pack and an as-yet untitled scifi novel that I finished off at the beginning of December.) Novellas: 0 Novellettes:  0 Short Stories: 1 Flash: 3 Feature Length Scripts: 0 Other Scripts: 2 scripts written for Six to Start Paid Reviews/Nonfiction: 4 for Tor.com, 17 for Book Riot Treatments/Outlines: 7 ...

Awards Eligibility 2017 1

Since it seems award season is upon us again (wheeee?) it’s time to note what I’ve had published this year. Short Story Comfort Food in Haunted Futures: Tomorrow is Coming Once Upon a Time There Was a Xurit Named Xcanda from Humans Wanted Novelette Six More Miles in Giganotosaurus Angel of the Blockade from Tor.com (ebook version) Past the Black Where ...

Dealing With a Bunch of Fucking Nerds: Research and “Getting It Right” 6

I’ve gotten some interesting blowback since I decided to go public with my irritation over JRR Tolkien’s puzzling geomorphology. Among the “well actually” and personal insults, there’ve been a more interesting complaint, with variations. To paraphrase: “Writers shouldn’t have to be an experts on everything just to tell a story!” Well, yes and no. To ...

Too Long for Twitter: I don’t like fantasy maps 40

I made the mistake of mentioning on Twitter that some day I would vent about why I hate fantasy maps, and that got enough people asking that apparently today will be that day. DISCLAIMER THE FIRST: These are my personal opinions as a reader. If you, as a reader who is not me, happen to ...

FAQ: Will there be a sequel?

FAQ: Will there be a sequel?
In case you didn’t notice… I HAVE A BOOK OUT AAAAAAAAAAA And a lot of wonderful, intelligent, incredibly good-looking people with impeccable taste have been asking me if there will be a sequel. And the answer is… YES! As a matter of fact, funny story, but I literally typed “THE END” on the rough draft ...

[Story] Silver Fish 1

This story was originally published in Lakeside Circus in 2016. As the Lakeside Circus website seems to be down long-term, I’m going to go ahead and repost is here on my blog so it’s still available to be read. Note that this is the original as-submitted version of the story. I think there were a few edits ...

Have you cold bullshit cake and eat it too. 20

Recently, my buddy Paul mentioned the science fiction short story I love to hate, The Cold Equations. The Cold Equations, and your reaction to it are a keystone to how and what you think about science fiction. Read it, and see into yourself. — Paul Weimer (@PrinceJvstin) December 15, 2016 To be honest, if you want ...

2016 Awards Eligibility

For 2016, I have had five short stories (<7500 words) published: Spirit Tasting List for Ridley House, April 2016 from Shimmer The Long Game from Kaleidotrope .subroutine:all///end in Shimmer #31 Silver Fish from Lakeside Circus (locally hosted copy here) Fire in the Belly from Mothership Zeta (1/31/16) And all of them are freely available online! In the ...