Seven Books I Loved in 2012

Seven Books I Loved in 2012

So since I basically only ever read books on my Kindle anymore, it’s pretty easy to look back and figure out what I read in the last year, as opposed to my previous system of devouring paperbacks and then tossing…

Christmas Flash Fiction: "Mutant"

Christmas Flash Fiction: “Mutant”

(Note: I first posted this on LiveJournal way back in 2005, and people still mention it to me as one of their favorite pieces. I just realized I’ve never posted it here. Merry Christmas to you and yours.) ________ “MUTANT”…

Horror Movies, And The Childhood I Secretly Wanted

Horror Movies, And The Childhood I Secretly Wanted

I never really watched horror movies when I was a kid. I was scared of them. But not for the reasons you might think. It wasn’t the monsters; I’d had a fascination for monsters as long as I can remember….

The ONLY Book Promotion You Should Ever Do

The ONLY Book Promotion You Should Ever Do

You might wanna go grab a cup of coffee — this is kind of a long one. I’m going to get to the subject of the title of this post in a minute, but first, I want to talk about…

Wednesday Writing Links for October 10, 2012

Wednesday Writing Links for October 10, 2012

Hmmm. Okay, so I don’t seem to be managing to post these once a week — the last one was about a month ago, now. But I’ve still been collecting links for you all, and here are the latest: My…

Wednesday Writing Links for September 12, 2012

Wednesday Writing Links for September 12, 2012

Everyone seemed to like last week’s post — at least, judging by the number of retweets the link received, you did — so all right, then. Looks like this is a thing we do here now. Let’s get to it….

Wednesday Writing Links for September 5th, 2012

Wednesday Writing Links for September 5th, 2012

When I first started this blog, and when I was still writing my old blog, Ravenlike, my original emphasis was on finding great links about writing and then posting about them. I’ve kind of drifted away from doing that, as…

Why Are Writers Buying Fake Reviews When Getting Real Ones Is Just Not That Hard?

Why Are Writers Buying Fake Reviews When Getting Real Ones Is Just Not That Hard?

In the past week, there’s been a sudden tremendous uproar about authors getting fake reviews of their books posted to Amazon and other review sites. Some writers have been caught using pseudonyms to post glowing reviews of their own work,…

Typing With One Hand (No, Not Like That)

Typing With One Hand (No, Not Like That)

You might rememeber a few weeks back I was talking about some carpal-tunnel-like pain and numbness I was experiencing in my left hand, and how that led me to start trying Dragon NaturallySpeaking dictation software for text entry (or, as…

"Zombies Don't Run, Vampires Don't Sparkle"

“Zombies Don’t Run, Vampires Don’t Sparkle”

Oh, hey, look what I just found while I was doing a Google search for “Michael Montoure”1 — it’s the audio from one of the panels I was on at Crypticon back in May!   The panel was called “Zombies Can’t…