01/16/2013 05:02:00 AM
When it comes to marketing advice for the professional writer, one would be hard-pressed to find a better source than Kristin Lamb, her mighty blog and her god-send books, the latest being "We Are Not Alone." [Get the Kindle edition here.]
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10/23/2012 08:42:00 AM
Yesterday was my first day back to my full-time job since being out all of last week at Present Moment Retreat in Guerrero, Mexico, a top-notch yoga retreat with ocean front bungalows, five-star cuisine and selections of yoga, meditation and Qi Gong classes as well as an assortment of other off-campus activities like horseback riding, hiking and surfing.
In a word it was extraordinary. If you're interested in my review of Present Moment from a traveler's perspective, click here. This pos [..]
10/08/2012 05:27:00 AM
An old old friend once summed his own fears about life after high school this way:
"We're smart, Thomas. We can accomplish about anything we choose in life through sheer intellect. The only hard part is deciding what that something is going to be. What do we take up?"
Recently this difficulty in deciding upon a path has strongly manifested itself in my writing, in a particular story. I have begun it in both a serious voice and one that is undeniably Douglas Adams-esque. Neither attempt meas [..]
09/19/2012 07:27:00 AM
During my German studies in high school, college and abroad, I first learned that there are words, beliefs and other aspect of unfamiliar cultures that defy easy understanding or translation. Often these are the words that get to the heart of the culture from which they live. Because a word may have no parallel, even in languages that are often considered intermediate, the concepts get somewhat lost. Or masked as something more complex than concepts we perceive as simpler only because we happen [..]
09/17/2012 07:32:00 AM
On out of? How about just out of?
Sanford Allen a man of many types of fame -- music, journalism and fiction among them -- and whose musings can be followed at sanfordallen.com, once offered a tidbit of writing advice that could have easily slipped by unnoticed.
Good for me I am experienced and as wise as the soaring eagle.
The advice was this (and, dammit, I'm paraphrasing):
If you're using more than one preposition in a clause...kill one of them sombitches.
Okay. It's no [..]
09/14/2012 05:25:00 AM
I must have dreamt something extraordinary last night. I woke with the phrase "Kill your darlings" running around my stress-and-caffeine-addled mind. Writers should recognize the phrase as some of the most common advice in editing one's work. What it means, for those unfamiliar with it, is that if you run across a conspicuously beautiful passage in your work -- a darling -- don't simply consider it for removal, just remove it. To fall in love with your work, even parts of it, should be t [..]
09/10/2012 07:19:00 AM
This blog posting is a bit of an experiment to prove something that I have said a few times in the past to my mentees and in this blog, that all writing problems can be solved by simply -- and possibly ironically -- by writing.
When I sat down to write a blog post, I didn't have an idea about what I was going to write. That, in my book, qualifies as a writing problem. The most basic and common type from what I hear. Writer's block of a sort.
And since my philosophy has been that any wri [..]
08/27/2012 06:53:00 AM
There's been a lot of conversation lately about how getting out of the traditional office helps your concentration and productivity. But it's been more specific -- just getting out of the traditional office isn't enough. Apparently, heading home won't work as well and taking a left to the nearest coffee shop. Even a simple Google search turned up these articles:
Why Ditching the Office Could Help You Be More Creative
[Replace shitty coffee shop chain name with "Coffee Shops [..]
08/20/2012 07:37:00 AM
At work, you have to get all the disparate parts to work together. You have to work through your to-do list. You have to face the pain of completing difficult or unpleasant tasks. If you don't, you get reprimanded, written up or fired. At home, you have to pick up the kids, drop them off, attend games, all while still managing to get groceries, balance the checkbook and fit in the occasional date with your spouse. There are arguments and break-downs and all other unknowns obstacles along the [..]
08/07/2012 07:02:00 AM
For years, I have noticed a certain phenomenon I have never heard talked about either in art or psychology circles. For that reason, I don't know a correct term for it. I call it a mental snap.
If you've ever thrown an object competitively -- a baseball or a Frisbee -- you'll know that you give a sort of snap right at the end of the throwing motion. Without it the object will travel fine but with a probably unhealthy snap, the object will scream for its mother as it disappears over t [..]
07/27/2012 05:11:00 AM
ArmadilloCon '12 did a little trick this year. Every since my attendance of it last year, it gradually became less and less of a certain. As soon as ArmadilloCon '11 ended, there was no doubt as to my going the following year. I had enjoyed it and HorrorCon '11 but was sure that ArmadilloCon was the closer of the two to my type of writing -- not to mention the closer of the two geographically. I had already decided that I would only fully attend one Con in '12 so the decision was [..]
07/20/2012 09:43:00 AM
I've had some folks ask me about this whole "absurdist" and "bizarro" thing since changing the direction and mood of my website. Let me take a moment to clarify what I'm doing.
On one hand, understand that the labels "absurd" and "bizarro" don't really matter at least as labels. I don't confine my writing in any way. If anything they're convenient terms to help others narrow in on the type of writing that I USUALLY do. That's not to say that I don't have freedom to sh [..]
07/18/2012 07:31:00 AM
My latest writing mentorship confirmed a few things for me, most notably that there are a hundred different ways to work. Hey, that sounds like a great title for a blog post.
Coming off my first mentoring relationship six months before, I figured my next mentee, being the same sex and age and experience level would talk, act, and work the same. There were similarities in the talking and acting, but when it came to the working, the two couldn't have been more dissimilar.
It's possibly imp [..]
06/27/2012 07:03:00 AM
I didn't now what to title this post. More benefits of finding your genre? ...your niche? ...your style? Voice schmoice? None of them seemed to fit. In a previous post, I had talked about finally realizing that I could write the stories that were in my head, that I didn't need to squeeze them into an acceptable genre or force the language or do anything else unnatural. I'd read it a thousand times but for whatever reason, I either couldn't believe that it applied to me or I was w [..]
06/20/2012 06:41:00 AM
I know the blog title gives it away, but play along for a moment, my little sugar plums. Are you sitting down? Here goes...
It is official! Come mid-November I'll be flying out to Portland, Oregon to the Edgefield Manor to attend BizarroCon 2012.
There will be readings from folks like Cameron Pierce, Carlton Mellick III and Rose OKeefe. There will be workshops and panels. But the part that I'm looking forward to most is the networking and goofing around with the wall-to-wall weirdos. Oh. [..]
06/08/2012 18:22:00 PM
I have recently -- as of the last couple of months -- discovered an author who is proving to be hugely influential in my writing mind. Matthew Revert (pronounced ri - VERR) is an Australian absurdist writer (and graphic designer). He is also the author of a good number of short stories, some collected in A Million Versions of Right, as well as the novel, The Tumours Made Me Interesting. He ALSO turns out to be a pretty spot-on graphic designer as well as a blogging curator of mostly graphically [..]
06/06/2012 11:45:00 AM
There are a number of differences between novels and short stories. Length, being the most obvious. Chaptering, being another. But the one that has intrigued me for the last couple years is a difference not in the way they are created but in how they are consumed.
Novels are more often read a bit at a time, sometime over weeks. Short stories, however, are usually -- if fact should be -- read in one sitting. They are of such a length that the reader is in a single place and frame of mind in most [..]
05/30/2012 20:43:00 PM
There are certain cliché times when a parent feels his age creeping upward. The first time someone calls you sir. The first gray hair. That first weird pain you just can't figure out where it came from. But if you have kids, more often than not its some milestone your youngest one reaches. He loses his last baby tooth. He "graduates" from some level of school or other. He gains or loses his first love.
I'm happy, proud and honestly horrified at just such a milestone my younger son has ju [..]
05/22/2012 15:32:00 PM
We've all -- okay, most of us have -- been swept up in the frenzied pace of modern life. We're pulled in a million directions trying to do the right thing, improve ourselves, buy a little quiet, save for the future. It never seems to end.
I find myself in a particularly difficult time right now. The company I work for is in transition. Each of my growing sons' need and deserve my time, money and other assistance. My wife is recovering from surgery -- no matter that some would describ [..]
05/17/2012 09:22:00 AM
I was pleased to have the opportunity to design a friend's book cover recently. It's a self-pubbed title by Lisa Compton, an author who has written a Star Trek novel, a number of TV scrips among other projects.
"Epiphany" is a novel about a woman who sees her husband, a former rock star, knifed to death in front of her outside the revolving door of a NYC hotel. It deals with her confusion and grief over the event and the tribulations of finding the man who committed the murder. Everyone [..]
05/12/2012 12:23:00 PM
While I was cropping, aligning and color-correcting some old pictures of my sister and myself for this year's Mother's Day, I ran across the picture to the right. It's me in sixth grade in Tennessee during the fleeting two month period an Optometrist convinced my folks I needed to wear glasses.
But the cool part is that my folks caught me writing some early story or other on the living room floor in front of my sister's cello. I used to write ALL the time during certain stages o [..]
05/11/2012 05:19:00 AM
As a writer and a website designer, I should have included, in addition to the Facebook and Twitter icons above, a similar link to my Goodreads home.
Today, that is remedied.
Unlike a LOT of writers I know, I've never been addictedd to reading, outside of a few individual books. I've gone through reading and non-reading phases, a couple or three months in any given year in which I tear through three or four books.
Do the math, I'm a slow reader.
I happened not to be in such a reading [..]
05/09/2012 07:27:00 AM
After all my talk about Bizarro, after finding Matthew Revert so much to my liking, and frankly so similar in style to my own writing, I'm wondering if I'm not actually an absurdist writer with bizarro leanings. They're arguably very very similar, but there are differences.
For those differences, look to the left column here. Both wiki definitions are there.
The main thing -- after the Revert discovery -- is that the list of absurdist writers includes my all-time favorite book, Patri [..]
05/07/2012 06:35:00 AM
I only recently learned that the closest thing to what I've been writing all these years has been in a genre called bizarro. I had this clarification dropped on me less than a month ago. Yet I'm already witnessing the effect that knowing my genre has on my writing.
In the last two weeks of 2011 I wrote the half of my nose-fetish story. At the time, I did not know my genre. The story was based on an interesting enough idea and it was written well enough, but something was missing. Or som [..]
05/04/2012 07:21:00 AM
Well the title of this post pretty much tells it all. All this month Nathan Filizzi -- who, by the way, describes himself as generally lazy and his own head specifically as big -- devoted himself to bizarro fiction reviews for the entirety of April 2012.
Nathan's blog, Yoyogod's Reviews of Books and Stuff I Like, is possibly the best concise starting point for anyone interested in or entering the bizarro genre. The man didn't miss a day. In fact, someone sent him a copy of All Monste [..]
05/01/2012 06:30:00 AM
If you heard, "Meshuggah Baroness Decapitated," you would think it was a news headline -- albeit a highly unusual and disturbing one for today's world. But no, it's not a headline but the acts in tonight's marathon show in Austin.
Decapitated is the opening act. I've only heard a few of their tracks but what I have I've liked. They're a death metal outfit from Portugal. They lost their long-time drummer recently but they picked up Slaughter's guy and never missed a st [..]
04/27/2012 06:56:00 AM
For the last month or so, I've been writing on two projects simultaneously. This is the first time I've done so -- certainly the first time successfully. I've tried before but each time, I met with confusion or frustration. I'd go as far as to say that this time around has been pretty effortless.
Before I get into my guess why this time has been different, let me recap the projects.
The first is a rewrite of my nose-fetish short story, a bizarro tale about a man who impregnates [..]
04/21/2012 22:59:00 PM
In my previous posting, I related how, during my last critique group meeting, I had learned that I'd been writing bizarro stories all the while. I was so elevated by that knew knowledge that I felt a new website look was in order. And, since the website design company I work for -- ICG Link -- released version 2 of our Build111 cms framework, I figured I'd kill two birds with one stone. I'd create the new look and today to fit it over that new, fuller-featured content management syst [..]
04/20/2012 07:12:00 AM
Since I've been writing with a serious eye, I've been in a constant struggle to categorize the sort of stories that I produce.
Why the need? Shouldn't you just write the stories you want to write and not worry about it. Wouldn't that be great if I worked that way mentally? Wouldn't that be great, too, if that's the way the publishing indusgry worked?
First, I need to know who to send my stuff. There's no more certain waste of time than sending material to the wrong pu [..]
04/02/2012 07:34:00 AM
Family and other commitments "kept me away" from writing more than a couple hours this weekend. In one respect, it's a shame, because I woke up Saturday with a strong hunger to hammer out a ton of words. I even had pretty good momentum, having written at least an hour for the previous days.
But my plan for Saturday fell on its face when I learned that I had gotten the timing of my older son's bicycle event wrong, that I COULD head to Gonzales for his afternoon criterium. So, being the go [..]
03/26/2012 08:01:00 AM
I once asked a fellow author whether the hardest part of knowing/working with me was "the crazy," meaning my regular and varied crises of confusion, aimlessness, overediting and self-doubt. The unnamed author answered me with an creative and apt confirmation.
"We'll say that."
Since that exchange, I've learned a bit more about myself, about writing and about art in general. And crazy seems to be a vital part of good art. In fact, folks who don't run on and from and with a certain amo [..]
03/09/2012 07:00:00 AM
I'm excited about the new project I've taken on. For the first time, I'll be working with another artist on a work. I am not at the point yet where I can talk about the specifics -- even with whom I'm working -- but it's a project which will use my written work as background for themed album-length audio work.
The subject is spooky/creepy and historic. For me that's fun + fun + funner.
The historical -- mid 19th century -- aspect and the fact that my work will be spoken - [..]
02/16/2012 04:55:00 AM
I admit that I've taken on or said yes to too many activities. But what am I supposed to do, though. It's the century of mad rushing for little or no benefit, right?
I take my younger boy to and from school, soccer practice and games, club events, and whatever other fun stuff is going on. I attend my older boy's races, often a long drive away. I still shop with and date my wife. Given my work flexibility, I pretty much do all the shopping for groceries and other necessities.&nbs [..]
02/08/2012 09:21:00 AM
Toward the end of last month, I again took on a writing intern from International School of the Americas, a magnet school here in San Antonio. She is a frighteningly intelligent senior who enjoys tennis and anime and describes herself as "the clumsiest person you'll ever know."
The internship will last only through this spring semester. I'm happy about the abbreviated time. The last internship seemed to last too long -- a whole year. We're only required to reach 60 hours, m [..]
01/16/2012 07:13:00 AM
Too often, beginning writers hear is, "Story must have conflict." The later understanding is that the conflict can come in many shapes and sizes. Conflict can be a direct interpretation of the word, like someone being chased by a knife-wielding crazy person, or an argument or a quest like you have in Lord of the Rings. But it can be, and often is, more subtle -- a man with ADD's struggle to appear normal.
Hrm...too close to home, perhaps.
The point is that every effective story has [..]
01/09/2012 07:59:00 AM
The break over the holidays can officially be declared a success. For the first time in -- well, ever -- I was disciplined enough to actually step away from work for the full two weeks and dedicate the same number of hours each day to writing. I can say that not since my days painting in the loft studio overlooking 1st Avenue and the Cumberland River (before the Titans statdium, mind you) have I enjoyed, in essense, full days dedicated to art.
In that time, completed a 3500-word story [..]
12/29/2011 08:25:00 AM
I began this his blog back in January of 2008. The very first post was called My Writing Process and Environment. in which I spoke highly of Monroe Product's wonderful ambient slash meditative product called The "So" Chord. It's a two-track CD of ambient noise with their trademark Hemi-Sync sound underneath that is designed to "balance and focus the mind."
Whether or not the tracks balance and focus my mind is up for debate. I can only say that I've written pretty [..]
12/17/2011 10:33:00 AM
Recently I took another look at the blogging aspect of my writing career. I had a good run this year, blogging nearly 5 days a week for a number of months. I had built a pretty good habit and got a little of a following going; however, that all came to a screeching halt last month when I realized that blogging was factoring at all into whether and how much I would write on any given day. Blogging was fine when I had something to say, too, but around the same time I made the realization about it [..]
11/30/2011 23:51:00 PM
I've got to say I'm impressed that I can post from my new iPhone. I would have expected the experience to have been more difficult, but no, typing -- once one gets used to it -- isn't so bad. And the tools show up well, if a tad too uncomfortably small.
But what does this have to do with writing? Nothing. So, to the writing.
Not having posted for most of November may have led some to think I hadn't written either. That was not the case. I have actually been fighting with the end [..]
11/22/2011 10:38:00 AM
Please grant me a non-writing related rant today.
They say that any publicity is good publicity. I may have found a situation where publicity can't possibly be good for business. At the beginning of September, GoDaddy announced their intention to drop support for ColdFusion. This effectively leaves thousands of ColdFusion website users stranded or at least scrambling. They are forced to either take GoDaddy's luke-warm offer of a cheap upgrade to some other technology or change hosts.
11/02/2011 08:14:00 AM
At last week's Drafthouse critique, one of our members announced that she would likely not be writing for the remainder of 2011. There followed a palpable pause. Judging from the members' expressions, the general take was that this unnamed person had spoken something akin to blasphemy.
To not write is in itself unthinkable. But not to write for in excess of two months? A fella could get shot for less.
Then I thought about it. All this member actually said was he wasn't going to [..]
11/01/2011 20:29:00 PM
I apologize for this being the first post in almost two weeks, but I couldn't pass it up. This is a license I spotted in front of me. I'm not sure if they're the luckiest or the unluckiest folks for having 469-WET. I guess it depends upon their temperament.
07/05/2011 01:09:00 AM
No matter how confident you feel about a draft you've finished, whether it's your first or your tenth, until you hear it aloud, it's not ready to share or send.
That should be the end of the post. That's really all t
07/02/2011 08:12:00 AM
The cavalcade of distraction continues past me, but I remain strong.
Dr. Who tried and came up short. Playstation's FIFA 10 fought mightily but could not bring me down. I vanquished the lures that were my bicycle, a healthy well of unused t
07/01/2011 04:47:00 AM
I've said over and over that I never suffer from writer's block, but I realized that's not exactly true. What's closer to the truth is that I seldom suffer from writer's block -- the actual cliché st
06/29/2011 00:04:00 AM
Only out of absent-mindedness had I not planned to attend ArmadilloCon 2011 in Austin this August, but once again, the gods have shifted sea and stones to make it possible for me to go. Due to another person's personal trage
06/28/2011 05:57:00 AM
week away from blogging sort of snuck up on me. I hadn't let so much time go between posts in a few months. Not a crime, I suppose, but a little shocking.
They say the older we get, the faster time seems to fly. That's certainly the
06/21/2011 02:12:00 AM
I'm not sure what got into me this last Saturday but I did my normal solo write-in at Local in the morning. It was a massive editing session to get my pages -- twenty was my goal -- ready for the upcoming critique on the 30th. The story is ab
06/20/2011 00:44:00 AM
I completed two dark fantasy story drafts in just two weeks two weeks. For me, lately at least, is ridiculously fast.
About three weeks ago, I typed "The End" to the next-to-last draft of Forever By His Side, my Appalachian semi-g
06/17/2011 00:05:00 AM
As promised, Violeta Nedkova (finally?) posted the piece she asked for about my muse here (at the bottom):
I'm kidding, by the way, about the "finall
06/16/2011 08:44:00 AM
After too long spent reading it, I finally finished Simon Logan's strong industrial novel, Katja From the Punk Band.
It's a boner-worthy romp that follows an assortment of characters who each own their own, unique piece of this dark
06/15/2011 15:10:00 PM
Question: "Good news or bad news first?"
I'll do you one better. How about a good news, a "don't worry" and an only slightly bad news.
First, the good news: I knocked out another almost 500 word
06/14/2011 00:03:00 AM
I had a pretty fun, productive writing day today, when it was all said and done. I started out a little slow. Only 300 or so words in my AM session but that's a qualified 300. Only 300 new words, but probably another 300 earlier words reworked to
06/13/2011 06:04:00 AM
My critique colleagues seemed as pleased as i was about seeing "The End" at the end of the pages I submitted last week. To know what a struggle getting to that point in Forever has been for me is one thing, but imagine being one of the folk
06/08/2011 06:31:00 AM
My nose-picking story is going well. I knocked out another 500 words before the fam woke up this morning. I only have two more scenes and it'll be ready for critique.
It's such a pleasant experience, such a wonderful change, not to be pin
06/05/2011 00:01:00 AM
My wife -- bless her -- took it upon herself to clean out our game room. It had gotten to a point of clutter and filth that the hoarders shows would have envied. Computers, cords, speakers, broken pieces of a table. An overflowing bookshelf. An old c
06/04/2011 00:01:00 AM
WARNING: THIS POST HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WRITING. That should be okay now and then.
When I found my son might be involved in an outdoor event tomorrow, I got right on the Internet and looked for the address. You know, to scope out the place from
06/03/2011 06:53:00 AM
Okay...so I'm not a "brother" in the ethnic sense of the word, but that's hardly the point.
Yesterday was a doozie. Tried to get a lot of work done at the coffee shop, but social interactions slowed things down for most of the m
06/02/2011 08:17:00 AM
I mentioned a couple days ago that I felt like I was going to snap like a rubber band into my next story after putting Wady and Forever By His Side to bed. And damn was I right? Yesterday, I slammed out an pretty effortless 2,300 words on a story tha
06/01/2011 08:41:00 AM
For the first time in more than a year I actually wrote the words The End with a true belief that I was very near the end of my marathon novella -- are those terms at odds? Sounds so. I've probably driven the fact that I've been working
05/30/2011 08:05:00 AM
Looks like Forever will come it right around 17k words. I can't believe I've made it to the denouement. No...actually, I can't belive I took more than a year to get this story done. I suppose I'm in a bit of shock, right now. I've
05/29/2011 12:06:00 PM
I'm finally sewing up the ends of my story, Forever By His Side. It's proven to be at the outside edge of my abilities. It's got a world to paint in. It's got tricky mountain-esque language. It's got a handful of characters that a
05/28/2011 12:00:00 PM
Recently it was called to my attention that I might do well to reexamine my dedication to writing. Or at least the balance of writing versus merely writing-related tasks. You know, to put things into a new perspective. Once I really took time to cons
05/27/2011 07:25:00 AM
After receiving a crack of the whip from my writer mom and writer aunt over the last couple days, I dragged my laptop to my younger son's soccer practice. I dismissed myself from normal adult interaction and found a quiet corner in a nearby parki
05/25/2011 09:08:00 AM
Day to day, I struggle a little with what exactly I'll blog about. Some days, ideas are elusive. Others, they literally land in my lap. Today turned out to be a case of the latter. I received a terrific bit of peer-to-peer communication this
05/24/2011 00:06:00 AM
I used to never synopsize. I'd seat-of-the-pants it until I learned that I wrote Swiss. That means, I created as many holes as I created cool turns of phrase, or tidy descriptions. What was left was pretty and even temporarily engaging, but in th
05/23/2011 00:00:00 AM
I didn't get nearly as much writing/editing/critiquing done this weekend as I would have liked. Oh...and my Yahoo! email got bombed. But nothing could keep my spirits down. First off the rapture idiot-watching took quite a lot of the edge of
05/22/2011 16:02:00 PM
Hrm. It happens. My email got bombed, so many of my friends, family and professional associates received a little note with a link to a spam site.
I noted on Facebook that there was good and bad to all of this. The bad news was that this was unco
05/21/2011 00:01:00 AM
To my wife's certain disappointment, I'm going to touch on another Twitter topic. Sorry, gal. I love you and do listen to you ::smooches::
But, face it, marketing is key to success in any venture, and with publishing going the way it has
05/20/2011 05:27:00 AM
My dear writer friend R. L. Ugolini is single. She works part time. She is married to a college professor, a friendly, personable but very quiet fellow. She has a dog who, for the most part is also quiet. She lives at the end of a quiet street in a q
05/19/2011 00:33:00 AM
So, two touchy subjects jumped out of the bag (said with quotation marks, by the way) today at what I refer to as "The Shop," Local Coffee in San Antonio.
I'm not religious. No problem, to a point for most people. They know them
05/18/2011 08:10:00 AM
I thought yesterday's Writer's Digest article from Elizabeth Sims entitled "Should Your Write a Novel or Short Story?" despite the misspelling in the title was a perfect part 2 to my post yesterday, "Why write short stories? It
05/17/2011 09:56:00 AM
Few new fiction writers focus on just one length of work throughout his career. Many find it a necessary part of the journey to try out a couple, if not all, of these: flash, short story, novella novel. The commonest lengths are short story and novel
05/16/2011 09:21:00 AM
I've never read voraciously. I've had my times. In middle school, I read all of Tolkein's notable works during the near 3-mile walk home. I also read about every stand-out Taoist book during my mid- to late-20s as a way of bettering mysel
05/15/2011 00:46:00 AM
Inspiration for your stories can and should come all angles. People you meet or overhear. The way the dust invades you on a bike ride. Memories. Other stories that capture your imagination but that you might have taken a different direction.
05/14/2011 00:32:00 AM
Thank the lord on high for Google Alerts. Whenever some mentions "Thomas McAuley" or "Thomas S. McAuley" on the Internet, I get a tidy email that says where to look to witness the damage.
The funny fortunate/unfortunate part o
05/13/2011 00:02:00 AM
Sculpture is clearly three-dimensional. Drawing and painting is two-dimensional. However, story writing is often described as a one-dimensional art form. And I suppose the end product is that. Just one long string of letters. But that shouldn't m
05/12/2011 00:46:00 AM
For the longest time, I didn't know for sure why I was spending all the time on Twitter. There are a ton of authors, most of which are more intent on selling their wares. That's in no way a bad thing. Reading what they're doing, checking
05/11/2011 08:09:00 AM
Yesterday, with my pages written for the day, I thought I'd expand my tech, designing and writing worlds a touch.
The other day, while exporting my work for our critique group, I noticed that Pages -- the Mac word processor, for those unfamil
05/10/2011 19:36:00 PM
Just a brief note about the effect World Horror Con in Austin had on me. Two things have congealed in the days since the Con.
I'm not alone. Not in weirdness. Not in dedication. Not in semi-newness or semi-aimlessness.
Nearly every moment o
05/09/2011 18:25:00 PM
I've been wiped out since the World Horror Con the weekend before last. Work, family, writing, critiquing, marketing. How do we writers do it? There's hardly enough time for all the TV I still have to watch.
There's the prob
05/06/2011 00:37:00 AM
It's not a new discovery that beauty in all its forms will inspire the artist. Nature, emotion, and art itself has long been the artist's muse. I'm always on the lookout for new and inspiring music to inspire my writing. So when I found t
05/05/2011 00:51:00 AM
Christine Rose, in her blog, "The MTV/American Idol Effect in Writing," talked about how, in this day of reality stars and image counting for not as much but more of an artist's success, that the modern writer is fooling himself if he t
05/03/2011 00:37:00 AM
I was able to enjoy the close presence of Jack Ketchum throughout the day on Friday at the World Horror Con in Austin.
Sanford Allen, whom I roomed with for the weekend, strongly suggested I attend Ketchum's Q&A. Sanford said that,
05/03/2011 00:01:00 AM
I would like to join...me...in congratulating...me...for reaching a very important (to me) milestone of 200 blog posts. I've enjoyed blogging about writing, the writing life and the part of a writer's life that has little or nothing to do wit
05/02/2011 08:16:00 AM
In the course of thanking and following on Twitter, I couldn't help but notice I'd hit an interesting milestone. Interesting, that is, to a dark fantasy author.
666 followers. The stat of the beast.
I'm not a satanist by any
05/01/2011 19:59:00 PM
When I first got to World Horror Con on Friday, I had optimistic plans to blog and tweet often about my experiences there, but unfortunately the Double Tree in Austin had the final word.
$10 bucks for in-room Internet? Blow me.
There was free
04/29/2011 16:12:00 PM
So there was no let-down at all regarding Joe Hill's Q&A at the World Horror Con in Austin. For an hour, he answered good and bad questions alike without complaint. He's probably heard all of both sorts but he still remained convincingly calm and exc
04/29/2011 12:30:00 PM
There's almost too much to tell about my first few hours here at World Horror Con in Austin. After the fist uncomfortable stares and awkward hellos, I was able to relax right into the schmoozy side of things.
But there are two clear stand-outs ear
04/28/2011 08:12:00 AM
I'm going to World Horror Con in Austin. My wife is returning from a week of training in Dallas after I've already left. And my younger son has a 4-game minimum soccer tournament Saturday and Sunday in different part of Austin than I'll b
04/27/2011 00:18:00 AM
Over and over, when folks learn that I write fiction, they will invarably ask me what "kind of stuff do you write?" For a while, I struggled with how to describe what it is that best answers that question.
First off, any answer does som
04/26/2011 08:08:00 AM
As the World Horror Con in Austin approaches, I'm finding that my lack of reading in the dark fiction genre is catching up to me in a less than positive way. Looking at the schedule of events, I find there are a number of readings I can attend bu
04/25/2011 07:53:00 AM
There have been many visual iterations fo William Fitzsimmons, one of the most promising, influential indie solo artists out there. Just look at this Google Images search. Last night night, Nadine (wifey) and I headed up to Austin to see him play at
04/23/2011 08:13:00 AM
I have faith that most if not all of us Google ourselves now and again, but I'm marketing my writing and, therefore, myself, so I'd be remiss not to do so with more than a normal frequency. And to my professional gratification, "Thomas M
04/22/2011 23:09:00 PM
It's interesting to note that at this time last year, I took a look at my writing -- the progress of the craft and my career.
I began serious writing around 2007, for all practical purposes, and have been treating the last four years as my wr
04/21/2011 08:31:00 AM
My root canal turned out to be 95% painless and, with the awesome ergonomic chairs they have now, an opportunity to catch flash nap while I waited for the anaesthetic to kick in.
The procedure too, the better part of three and a
04/18/2011 10:06:00 AM
So some horrible woman I'd never heard of before and who, now, I won't mention by name or work or website, just gave me an author-to-author bitchslap.
Daily, I receive followers on Twitter, I make a little list of them throughout the day