31 March 2011

Reading Is Fundamental

A lot of my reading last week, when I've gotten to it, has been a lot of non-fiction.  But that's not why you're here.   You want to know what fiction I've read.  Basically, I let myself get carried away with the remainder of Objects of Worship by Claude Lalumière...

29 March 2011

"The pain will be written on every page in tears..."

I rarely engage in these writerly literary debates you see on just about every damn social network a writer can be on.  You know the ones: Outlining vs. pantsing.  Writing for money or writing for "Art?"  Literary vs. genre.  Start your online author platform now or later?  Great taste!  Less filling!

Only two of these sorts of issues have gotten me thinking.  I've settled one of them, at least in my mind: I'll never feel sorry for anyone who got skewered on QueryFail and Slushpile Hell. Because (a) I'm more than happy to learn from their mistakes and (b) You want to NOT be skewered on there?  Then STFU and read submission guidelines, you f**king child!

Whew.  Now that's out of the way, I can move on to the second thing...
And when I write the book about my love
It'll be a pop publication, tougher than tough
When I get down on the pages all I missed
It will shoot to the top of the best-sellers list
When I write the book about my love

-Nick Lowe, "When I Write the Book

But when I write the book... where will I be able to sell it?

25 March 2011

Reading Is Fundamental

I know I read a few things since the last entry, but I lost track. I have no other excuses--just saying that life happens and is actually continuing to happen.  (Cryptic, I know.  Sorry.)  Still, the only way out is through, and I need to get back on track with things like writing and reading, and talking about what I'm reading.

From the 14th through the 20th, I actually read quite a bit...

20 March 2011

"Going the Distance"

I've missed a few writing- and reading-progress posts lately.  No excuses.  Just an explanation: Life, quite simply, happened.  There were happy- and not-so-happy things that led to exhaustion, a near-breakdown, and almost total radio- (read: internet) silence. 

I'm a bit better, now.  I'm limping along.  My frustration tolerance is severely fried.  The slightest life setbacks--and there have been at least 2 per day, every day, for the past two weeks now--make me want to curl up into a ball. 

But today, not so much.  Enough is enough.  I'm getting back on the horse.  Gotta go the distance, just like Rocky.  Although I'm doing it to a laid-back Menahan Street Band groove, rather than the full-on Bill Conti one.

15 March 2011

My Face Is Made for Podcasting

Out today: the 49th episode of The Functional Nerds podcast, hosted by Patrick Hester and John Anealio , featuring Carrie Cuinn and me talking about Cthulhurotica, which of course degenerated, uh, led to discussions of tentacle pr0n, plushie C'thulhus, and Urotsukidōji: Legend of the Overfiend.

Thanks again to Patrick and John for having us!

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