This is about failure. This is about divorce. 2

I tend to be very careful, out here on the internet, about when and how I speak about my personal life. Ridiculous bitching about my period? Sure, why not. Navel-gazing about weight and body image? Sure. But all of those things are about me. When it comes to the people in my life and how ...

Ridley Scott explains nothing, actually 5

Ridley Scott explains nothing, actually
Okay, someone hold my hat, I am about to come unglued here. So yeah, by now you might have heard that Ridley Scott is making a movie called Exodus: Gods and Kings, which is based off the Bible story. Which takes place in Egypt.  Allow me to illustrate, briefly, where Eqypt is located: Okay? Now. Some ...

[Movie] Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: could have been worse 4

[Movie] Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: could have been worse
Well, you did it, so I did it, so here we are. Charity gets $300 and you get to make me suffer for a little over an hour and a half. There was unfortunately no drinking accomplished during this movie, but that was because I had two tablets of vicodin on board to help defeat ...

Yeah, whatever happened to starving like a *real* artist? 8

Sameer Rahim, are you fucking kidding me? I know people rarely get to write their own headlines, so I tried not to just punch my laptop in the screen when I saw this one: Whatever happened to writing for love, not money? But the article isn’t any better. I know they have to eat, but when ...

Adventures in Anesthesia 2

I had surgery again today. Yay me. To get a bone spur shaved off of my left big toe and get the joint cleaned up. (Old kung fu injury, blah blah.) I’m looking forward to being able to run again once I’m done with the PT. Though for now I’m sitting on the couch, wishing ...

[Movie] 4 movies I saw on the plane 6

I’m back from the UK. This means I’m unfortunately in Houston again. The less said in regards to how I feel about that situation, the better. (It’s been nice to see my friends at work, though! And do some geology! So that’s positive.) Anyway, quick comments on the four movies I saw on the flights ...

[Conventions] A Modest Proposal for Feminism Panels

[Conventions] A Modest Proposal for Feminism Panels
Proposal: From now on, there will be one token male panelist on all feminist panels. At the beginning, as every panelist is introducing themselves, he says: “Hello, my name is _____ and I do ______. I’m a feminist. And in the interest of presenting an example as a good ally, I will now do what ...

[Ask the Dapper Sir] Is it okay to share my stories online? 2

Say I have a couple of short stories ready. Is it best not to share it on a personal writing blog until it’s published, if ever, or does it not matter? It actually matters a lot. There are basically two categories of submissions for magazines: originals and reprints. An original is a story that has never been published anywhere ...

I’m in London! And current rejection stats. 3

The two are not related. Just I’ve been talking to a few writers who are even newer to this than me and I wanted to give some perspective on the short story submission thing. I’ve now had 20 sales, not counting reprints. Out of 20 short story sales: Average number of rejections per sale: 6.85 ...

[Movie] Guardians of the Galaxy 4

[Movie] Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy is wonderful fun because it has no pretensions about being anything other than goofy, pulpy space opera. It’s unabashedly weird, colorful, and cheeky. And it’s one of those rarest of all animals, a movie where the trailer tells you exactly what you’re going to get: So yes, if you looked at that ...