19 Oct 2015

Hybrid Vigor in Genre Fiction (or “You Got Fantasy in My Western!”)

Guest post by Tex Thompson You know, I WAS feeling pretty good about this post. “Man, I’m going to write about genre mash-ups and what spec-fic and Westerns have in common and why they’re so awesome when you put them together and how it’s really all about Beowulf, and everybody’s going to be all like, ‘Oh my God Tex, you’re so cool and rad—please teach me to be like you,’ and I’m finally going to be Internet-famous—WHO WANTS TO TOUCH ME?” Then I realized that that had already been done. Like…twenty years ago. By Pixar. I mean, think about it. Read More

02 Aug 2015

The Future of Storytelling is…Video Games!?

Yeah, I know, right? This is an odd assertion coming from an author, but hear me out. I’m a junkie for two things: a good story and a good game. Often I would have to choose one or the other when searching for a fix, but lately, I’ve noticed that the two are no longer rivals. There recently was a specific scene in a game that gave me an epiphany in regards to the evolution of narrative. I was playing The Last of Us, an action adventure video game famous for its unusual zombie elements. The characters, Joel and Ellie, Read More

19 Jul 2015

A Case for Clean Reader

Why is there so much hate aimed toward Clean Reader? For those not in the know, Clean Reader is an Android/iOS app made by Upstream Media that removes offensive language from ebooks you’ve purchased. Often a naughtiness like “shit” is automatically altered to “crap” in order to spare you the trauma of such language. Ever since this particular application became available, the publishing and writing world has been set ablaze with ire. I, for one, do not understand why. I personally welcome our literary overlords and here are my reasons why: 1.) Human anatomy is over-rated. All that should really concern us Read More

13 Jul 2015

ADVENTURES IN (NOVEL) CROWDFUNDING, FINAL WEEK

Current status Money raised: $3,430 of $5,500 Number of supporters: 26 Nervous breakdowns: 42 Number of best sellers released by Steven King since last update: 7 Days remaining: 4 Previous week’s stats here. Trampling in the Land of Woe’s Pubslush page. Sequels? Since we haven’t come to the conclusion of the funding campaign just yet, I’d like to hold off on any reflection as of yet. Granted, we only have four days left but you never know… But let’s talk about sequels. I remember vividly telling my publicist, Ally, that I was “above” sequels, and since I was a true “artist,” I would never Read More

06 Jul 2015

Adventures in (Novel) Crowdfunding Week Five

Current status Money raised: $3,330 of $5,500 Number of supporters: 24 Nervous breakdowns: Z = Z² + C Number of Rational Conversations with Red Sox Fans: 0 Days remaining: 11 Previous week’s stats here. Trampling in the Land of Woe’s Pubslush page. Let’s talk about the value of a single donation. It’s pretty clear that a small-time (currently!) writer like me isn’t going to have a built-in audience for a new novel. This isn’t a complaint, but simply an understood reality. When I, personally, check out crowdfunding pages, I wisely put money only on people I either know OF or rely upon to deliver. Read More