50 Shades of Nuh-uh. 4

All right, I’m flinging up my hands on this. I’ve poked at the 50 Shades Darker fundraiser repeatedly, and I think I’m basically shouting into the overwhelming roar of THE WORLD BEING ON FUCKING FIRE, so I don’t feel that bad, really. Also, the few responses I’ve gotten at all to trying to fundraise off the oncoming ...

Stop using me and workers like me as a shield, you fucking asshole. 2

Stop using me and workers like me as a shield, you fucking asshole.
Today I met another refugee from the oil industry. This happens so often it’s like work is one giant reunion. Probably because construction is an industry where there’s a lot of crossover in skill sets, and it’s booming, so there are actually jobs. If you were a geologist, you can find a second life as ...

[Movie] Moana 3

I’m not that big of an animation person any more, but I’ve been excited to see this movie ever since I heard the Lin-Manuel Miranda was involved in the music. And I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would, though not without reservation. In Moana, the titular character is the daughter of ...

[Movie] Assassin’s Creed

Assassin’s Creed is utterly, delightfully bonkers as a movie. It’s really damning the movie with faint praise to say it’s probably the best video game film I’ve ever seen, but that’s one statement that it feels very fair to make. In Assassin’s Creed, Michael Fassbender plays a being of pure manpain named Cal, who after being ...

[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 ...

Submitting short stories: the waiting period 3

The excellent John D asked on a previous writing nuts and bolts post: On a related note, how soon is too soon to submit another story to a magazine after a rejection. One of them just rejected a story of mine (but included a nice note, which I do appreciate) and I have another story that ...

[Movies] In short, four movies

Another transatlantic flight, another round of movies watched because I can’t sleep and find it utterly impossible to work on my laptop in the extremely limited space available in economy. The Girl With All the Gifts: This movie shows the British still reign supreme in zombie cinema. And this one with a twist, where the ...

2016 Writing Year in Review 2

Writing This Year Novels: 0 completed, though I did several full edits on both Hunger Makes the Wolf and The Novel Formerly Known as King’s Hand. Oh, and I sold Hunger Makes the Wolf to Angry Robot (holy shit!!!!) which is why it’s got that as a title now rather than Fire in the Belly. Wrote 12K words on a novel ...

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 ...

[Movie] Swept Under

I started watching this movie because it was late, I had two hours of tutoring to go, access to Netflix, and it looked like I wouldn’t have to think about it too hard. Basically, I was right. If something that’s basically an hour and a half long episode of Law & Order: SVU but with ...