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On Typos and Professionalism

3 years agoArts / Writing : Booklife

This afternoon, I checked out a pretty sweet Kickstarter for a graphic novel. The story seemed interesting, the art was gorgeous, and the buy-in was pretty decent. I really liked the project. I almost backed it, but one thing stopped me. Show More Summary

The SFWA Bulletin

4 years agoArts / Writing : Booklife

In late November, I found out that I’d be acting as Production Editor for a special issue of the SFWA Bulletin, edited by Tansy Rayner Roberts. A little over three months later, the issue is beginning to land in mailboxes, and we have a new editor! But we’re already hard at work on the next issue, a special for the Nebulas. Show More Summary

Flashy Fiction

4 years agoArts / Writing : Booklife

(I do beg pardon for the short, flashy post. (Haha, get it?) I’m on deadline for 4 nonfiction pieces, and I’m running out of words!) Flash fiction is hard work. It isn’t for the faint of heart, either. While it seems to be to short stories...Show More Summary

Networking Doesn’t Mean Being An Ahole

4 years agoArts / Writing : Booklife

Jonathan Wood is an Englishman in New York. His debut novel, No Hero was described by Publisher’s Weekly as “a funny, dark, rip-roaring adventure with a lot of heart, highly recommended for urban fantasy and light science fiction readers...Show More Summary

Something Worth Doing is Worth Doing Well

4 years agoArts / Writing : Booklife

This refrain comes up again and again when talking to my writer friends (and not always initiated by me): something worth doing is worth doing well. It’s certainly not a controversial idea, though talking about it is not without its risks (as writer myself, I will not be providing examples of poor work to avoid shooting myself in the foot). Show More Summary

On Research

4 years agoArts / Writing : Booklife

Writing is make-believe, plucking characters and settings from your head and dropping them onto the paper like Rorschach blots, hoping the reader will see a coherent image. But if you want to write something convincing, your story has to be rooted in reality. Show More Summary

Guest Post: The Road to Clarion: Allowing Myself to Say Yes

4 years agoArts / Writing : Booklife

Haralambi Markov is a Bulgarian fiction writer, blogger and reviewer with a background in Marketing and SEO, who currently operates as a freelance writer. Generally off-kilter, but most pleasant, you can find Markov sitting somewhere with fingers on some sort of keyboard. Show More Summary

The Future, Man

4 years agoArts / Writing : Booklife

I originally posted this as a FB status, but it seemed to hit a note and I wanted to explore and expand on it. The other day, I read an article about how anything resembling the Enterprise was many years in the future, and for some reason, it’s been bothering me ever since. Show More Summary

Stress, Health, and Self-Monitoring

4 years agoArts / Writing : Booklife

Being a writer is somewhat stressful. Whether it’s word count, editing, contracts, publicity, sales numbers, or reviews, we have so many ways to stress ourselves out. And this is often in addition to the other stressors we have in our...Show More Summary

Giving Back

4 years agoArts / Writing : Booklife

The holidays often seem like an endless stream of ‘gimme gimme’, but there’s been an excellent trend, lately, of giving back. Some of the obvious ways are to donate to a local foodbank, shelter, or community outreach program, or, for animal lovers, your local rescue. Show More Summary

NaNoWriMo and How It Worked Out for Me

4 years agoArts / Writing : Booklife

You may recall I wrote previously about how NaNoWriMo could be a useful tool for pros, and wasn’t just something for amateurs. Well, I did it. As of November 23, I had written 50,000 words. So here’s how it worked out for me. I had been stagnant in writing, unable to get words out or finish a story. Show More Summary

The Birth of an Anthology

4 years agoArts / Writing : Booklife

Travis Heermann has been a freelance writer since 1999. Publishing credits include dozens of magazine articles, role-playing game content for both table-top and online MMORPGs, short fiction. He is the author of five published novels to date, with the latest being Sword of the Ronin from Red Bear Publishing. Show More Summary

How Long Does It Take?

4 years agoArts / Writing : Booklife

During a #SFFWRTCHT last month I was asked this question: “How long does it take you to do a piece from first line to finish?” I responded with something vague about always being amazed at how quickly some pieces come together and how slowly others do. Show More Summary

Kickstarting Success or Failure

4 years agoArts / Writing : Booklife

Monday’s general ‘blah’ has matured into full-fledged head cold, exacerbated by the smoke machines at the industrial music show I managed last night…and definitely not helped by the after party. Or the fact that I smacked my head into a wall in the act of sitting down, after successfully not dying during self-defense training. Show More Summary

Space Unicorn Zombie, or “How to build a good industry/community”

4 years agoArts / Writing : Booklife

If I listened to the advice of my Facebook ‘friends’, the beginning of this post would read: “The Space Unicorn Zombie Erotica Anthology beginning is a very delicately timed story of an editrix living in a hole in the ground…” Of course,...Show More Summary

Wonderbook Winners and Select Comments

4 years agoArts / Writing : Booklife

We had a great turnout for the Wonderbook contest last month, and I’m happy to announce our three winners: Sarah Hendrix, Dylan Fogle, and Connie (we still need your full details—check your email). Sarah Hendrix: I’m currently running back and forth between the Oasis of Malaise, the Fortress of Distractions and the Bridge of Certainty. Show More Summary

NaNoWriMo: Not Just for Amateurs

4 years agoArts / Writing : Booklife

It’s that time of year again! When we find ourselves inundated with a bunch of non-writers deciding they can write! And will turn the publishing world upside-down with how awful everything is! Or something. I’ve never been particularly...Show More Summary

War Stories, People Stories

4 years agoArts / Writing : Booklife

My family doesn’t share stories. When I sat down to write this piece, the opening line was. “I don’t come from a military family.” Then I went and asked my grandparents, and, well, yes, I do. My great, great uncle Chuck was a Fire Control Officer on the USS Pennsylvania during the bombing of Pearl Harbor, but was in the sick bay that day. Show More Summary

Win Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction

4 years agoArts / Writing : Booklife

As a writer, your journey to the end of the story is a long, tortuous one, fraught with problems—procrastination, distractions, self doubt. These dangers are countless, and unimaginable. That is, until now. Wonderbook: The Illustrated...Show More Summary

Fight Fiction: a History Part II

4 years agoArts / Writing : Booklife

A novelist, screenwriter, television personality and half the creative genius behind the Fight Card series, Paul Bishop recently finished a 35 year career with the Los Angeles Police Department where he was twice honored as Detective...Show More Summary

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