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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

It’s book day! 11

It's book day!
Hey, so I don’t know if you heard about this, but I kind of wrote this little book called Hunger Makes the Wolf and TODAY IT WAS RELEASED IN THE US AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA I mean my goodness, isn’t that beautiful? ISN’T THAT BADASS? And it’s a dead tree book, too! I’ve held it in my hands! I’ve ...

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 ...

For I have written a novel 9

For I have written a novel
I kept meaning to talk about this earlier, but thanks to the ongoing dumpster fire that is everything to do with America right now, I haven’t been able to get the necessary enthusiasm levels going. (And yes, it’s petty in the face of all other things, but thanks a fucking bunch, Trump voters, for ruining ...

Exit, pursued by student loans (a small plea for help) 10

As of yesterday, I no longer have a job. I wish I could say this is because I’ve spontaneously become independently wealthy, but that’s not the case. I worked in the petroleum industry, and all you have to do is take a look at the per-barrel price of oil over the last year to understand why ...

No Shit, There I Was, thinking about successful stories

I made a little list yesterday, about some basic problems I noticed repeatedly in my slush pile. Things worth fixing that’ll help a story survive the savaging of the slush jackalopes, at least. But what about the stories we liked and loved? And I’m not talking here about just the ones I sent acceptances for. ...