Pulptastic: StoryHack Action and Adventure, Issue 1

Why do I like pulp stories? I'll tell you why. They are tales filled with plot, action, adventure, and happy endings. Well, mostly happy endings. You'll find stories about good guys and bad guys and where good ultimately triumphs over evil, as it should. There is another reason I love the stories of old. We … Continue reading Pulptastic: StoryHack Action and Adventure, Issue 1

Bullies and Soggy Soup Bones 2.0

It seems I've chosen this week to pay my own work some attention. I'm certain you'll indulge me as I do not do this often or as often as I should. The cover for Bullies and Soggy Soup Bones, although cute and proper, quickly ran its course with me. I've grown tired of it more than … Continue reading Bullies and Soggy Soup Bones 2.0

Skelos – The Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy

A few months ago, I supported a Kickstarter campaign for the first issue of Skelos: The Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy. The campaign was a massive success, receiving $19,318 from 499 backers after setting a modest goal of only $2,000. Massive success is indeed accurate, but then, it shouldn't come as a surprise. Skelos … Continue reading Skelos – The Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy

’80s Nostalgia and Freelancing

I've been scratching my head this last week trying to find ways to supplement my meager income.  I googled and read articles and searched high and low across the digital plains of the Internet, focussing specifically on freelance writing gigs. Somehow I stumbled on a site called Zerys. I didn't find any evidence of them … Continue reading ’80s Nostalgia and Freelancing

#Writing Mechanics: Stephen J Cannell’s Rule Number One

I've wanted to post something about Stephen J. Cannell for a while now. Cannell--you may remember his iconic "Stephen J. Cannell Productions" logo recreated above--produced, created, and wrote many television shows during the eighties and nineties. Shows like The A-Team, Hardcastle and McCormick, Riptide, and 21 Jump Street, to mention just a few, which, admittedly, entertained my … Continue reading #Writing Mechanics: Stephen J Cannell’s Rule Number One

Neil Gaiman and Writing by Hand and Fountain Pens

I have tried once, but not seriously, to write a story by hand. It didn't work for me. I do not include the attempts made during my youth when I first started writing, when times were different and my mind drifted in different places, when life seemed far less complicated. The irony is I love … Continue reading Neil Gaiman and Writing by Hand and Fountain Pens

Raymond Chandler on writing | Brain Pickings

It's already Monday afternoon here in Hobbit country. I received this in my email earlier today. I discovered Raymond Chandler when I read a book of his that Robert B. Parker completed after his death called Poodle Springs. At the time I was reading Parker ferociously. Parker had tried--and succeeded in my opinion--to mimic Chandler's … Continue reading Raymond Chandler on writing | Brain Pickings