I have a short list in Evernote titled “Unofficial Goals Indicating I Have Arrived :D”. There are only a few entries, formatted as a checklist, of cultural ripples I have observed around successful stories.
I keep the list a secret, because I don’t want to influence the process. I want to see the organic ripples — I want a reader to tweet my title on #FridayReads because she was enthusiastic about the book, not because a friend did it just to make me feel good. Only once an achievement has been unlocked do I allow myself to share that it was ever a goal. (Yep, a #FridayReads appearance was one!)
And today I can check off another. Fan art. Continue reading
The best television series you’ve never heard of is Remember WENN.
Remember WENN holds an odd place in television history. Continue reading
I’m listening to a comic book soundtrack, and I’m nowhere close to ashamed.
Tuomas Holopainen — you might know him, if you have exquisite taste, as the founder of symphonic metal wizards Nightwish — has released an album “inspired by the Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck.” And it’s pretty darn good. Continue reading
Today I’m connecting to some nifty people in a blog chain. You, dear reader, get a mini-interview with me and links to other mini-interviews with authors you might also enjoy, so it’s a fun way to maybe find some new reading matter.
First, I should tell you that it was Rhonda Parrish who sweet-talked me into this. (Okay, it wasn’t that hard.) Continue reading
You may not have heard of the West Baden hotel, which is a shame. It was built in the town of West Baden Springs, near the better-known today French Lick, and was a luxury hotel to offer the wealthy leisure and access to the natural phenomena of the area — mineral springs considered medicinal.
Today’s travelogue is a bit different, since while I’ve visited West Baden, this isn’t that trip. It’s just the necessary backdrop. Continue reading
My friend the talented Amanda Irwin of Elemental Photography wanted to recreate this fun image of children fighting off zombies on playground equipment. She issued an open call for predators and prey, and this happened. Continue reading
Check it out: today’s post has a contest. Free books! And we’re hosting Eric Garrison and his book Four ‘Til Late (which you might remember me mentioning before).
But first, this is Eric’s first blog tour stop. Please give him a hearty welcome! As I’ve mentioned, I first met Eric at a local short story gathering, where his short (set in the Four ‘Til Late universe) made me laugh aloud. That’s a good start to nearly anything. Read down for details on his latest and the contest itself….
There’s a joke among fiction writers about people who offer, “Hey, I’ve got a great idea for a book. You write it and then we’ll split the profits.”
There are a few problems with this, but one of the most obvious is that the idea is the easiest bit. It’s the writing that actually takes time. Ideas are everywhere.
Don’t believe me? Let’s take a walk and look for plot ideas. How about last week’s Country Living Fair in Columbus, Ohio? Continue reading