2020 Writing Year in Review 2

Writing This Year Novels: 1 (finished editing) Novellas: 1 (finished editing) Novellettes: 3 Short Stories: 1 Flash: 0 Paid Nonfiction: Book Riot newsletter and a couple of posts Editing: Several small freelance editing gigs Consigned to the trunk of awfulness, never to return: None this year. Best/Favorite story of the year: I’d have to say it’s actually One People, ...

Quiz: Protoss or IKEA Furniture 1

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 5

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 ...

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 ...

Maybe it’s just bad writing

In general, I don’t have opinions about Game of Thrones because I haven’t watched it and I haven’t read it, and I don’t particularly care to. And yet my attention was drawn to this piece at Wired: Why the Writing in Game of Thrones Season 8 Feels Off Reader, I am annoyed. Miffed. One might even say, ...

2018 Writing Year in Review 2

Writing This Year Novels: 0 Novellas: 2 Novellettes:  0 Short Stories: 5 Flash: 2 TV/Movie Scripts: 1 Other Scripts: 2 scripts written for Six to Start Paid Nonfiction: 22 for Book Riot, 3 short textbooks written Treatments/Outlines: 2 Editing: Several small freelance editing gigs Consigned to the trunk of awfulness, never to return: None this year, maybe ...

You’re nothing new. 4

“There’s nothing new here,” so why do we write it? – a blog post my dear friend E. Catherine Tobler wrote, and you should read. And now I’m going to have some feelings that are too big and too angry to have on Twitter. I have basically been told at various times since I started ...

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 ...