Quiz: Protoss or IKEA Furniture

So you may or may not know, but I wrote a novelette for the 10th anniversary of StarCraft II: One People, One Purpose I am super duper proud of this story! And in celebration of that, I started an EXTREMELY SILLY Twitter quiz. I will recreate the quiz below, and then put the answer key under ...

Slush v Solicitations: Just tell us where we stand 1

Last updated: 8/4/20 I’ve recently written a couple of real salty twitter threads about the issue of short story venues–I mostly mean magazines, but anthologies can count, too–and their complete lack of transparency regarding just how much of their content they actually take from the slush pile versus how much is solicited. A little background ...

CoNZealand Schedule

It’ll soon be time for CoNZealand! Come hang out with me in Zoom! Reading: Alex Acks NZ Time: 30 Jul 2020, Thursday 11:00 – 11:25, Reading Room 2 Mountain Time: 29 July, Wednesday 17:00 – 17:25 My Favourite Board Game NZ Time: 30 Jul 2020, Thursday 14:00 – 14:50, Programme Room 5 Mountain Time: 29 ...

Open Letter to Westminster City Council Re: Statement on SB 20-217

This letter was emailed to all members of the Westminster, Colorado City Council on 7/10/2020.   Dear City Council: I am a twenty year resident of Westminster and am generally very proud of this city. However, I must express my extreme disappoint in the statement that the city council put out regarding SB 20-217, found ...

Hamilton on streaming 5

I never thought I’d actually get to see Hamilton. Going to New York to see a super expensive show was not something that was going to happen while I was working as a field tech and desperately doing work for hire writing to make up the deficit in my bills. And by the time I got ...

I’m bad at reading long novels, except recently 2

Recently, I’ve actually managed to finish three novels that I’d consider fairly long: The Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone (480 pages, which doesn’t seem that long… except it’s a trade paperback) Lady Hotspur by Tessa Gratton (just shy of 600 pages as a hardback) It by Stephen King (eleventy-billion pages long, capable of killing a ...

Destiny Lore Wishlist 1

Well, since I apparently had success back in 2018 when I spoke my Saint-14 conspiracy theories out into the universe, here’s some other things I’ve been thinking about and going on at length at my friends about, particularly when I’ve had something to drink. And since I was recently reminded that this is my blog ...

2019 Writing Year in Review

Writing This Year Novels: Have written 40k on one and 70k on another, but none finished. Novellas: 3 novella-length WFH books Novellettes:  0 Short Stories: 0 Flash: 1 Paid Nonfiction: Book Riot posts, newsletter Editing: Several small freelance editing gigs Consigned to the trunk of awfulness, never to return: None this year. Best/Favorite story of the year: N/A ...

Awards Eligibility 2019! 1

It’s a somewhat short list, but I did do some things this year! Short Stories The Devil Squid Apocalypse (~7050 words), published on 12/1/2019 in Giganotosaurus The Stoker and the Plague Doctor (~4600 words), published on 10/1/2019 in the anthology Straight Outta Deadwood   Novella Wireless (~24,700 words), published on 4/15/2019 in Wireless and More Steam-Powered ...

In the Belly of the Beast

Dark Waters is one hell of a movie. In the film sub-sub-genre of “corporate malfeasance thrillers,” it stands apart as singularly gritty, grinding, and unflinching in its refusal to manufacture drama beyond what’s already waiting in the life and death reality of an entire town being poisoned by a corporate giant. It even makes a ...