Why You Really Don’t Want to Get Published

This whole post made me giggle: “You will not transform overnight into a sophisticated and socially-savvy Author. You will not be prettier. You will not become more popular (see #3). You will not be richer. You will not be recognized…

Read an E-book Week!

Read an E-book Week!

I had no idea there was an official week for e-books, but there is, and we’re in it!  (I also didn’t realize that e-books have been around for forty years!) To mark the occasion, Smashwords is having a sitewide promotion —…

Why New Novelists Are Kinda Old

So someone asked John Scalzi: “Whenever I hear about a ‘new’ novelist, they turn out to be in their 30s. Why is that? It seems like you hear about new musicians and actors and other creative people in when they…

The Emerald Kingdom

Oh, hey, Seattlites: on Sunday, March 15th, SIFF is doing a marathon of The Kingdom, a blackly-funny and downright creepy horror miniseries: Groundbreaking eight episode Danish mini-series set in the neurosurgical ward of Copenhagen’s Rigshospitalet, the city and country’s main…

Never tell God your plans

This may not be about writing specifically, but trust me when I say that every writer I know needs to bear this in mind: Shouldn’t you announce your goals, so friends can support you? Isn’t it good networking to tell…

Hand me that brick

Oh dear sweet Lord, look at this thing: There was a wild period — roughly 520 million years ago — when life, for no obvious reason, burst into a crazy display of weird new fantastic forms — producing creatures in…

If you killed somebody, how would you dispose of the body without getting caught?

No, no, I’m not advocating that you go out and try this — I’ve found that the police tend to frown on “but I was just doing research” as an excuse for this kind of thing — but if you…

PR Tips from “Booklife”

I need to get myself a copy of Booklife: Strategies and Survival Tips for the 21st Century Writer.  As the author puts it, “half the book is devoted to your Public Booklife and half to your Private Booklife,” and that…

the pen is mightier than the spork: The Big Writing FAQ

So James Moran, who wrote one of my very favorite Doctor Who episodes, gets asked a lot of questions about how to Make It as a writer, and has condensed down all his best advice into one big FAQ.  Some…

Return of the Creature from the Blog

Some of you out there may remember Ravenlike, the weblog that I used to run here.  I’ve been meaning to return to blogging for quite some time, in an effort to reach out a little more and let people know…