Back on the Air

I took a little break to get my head together, hope you were okay without me. As an author, I’m watching this story: Lani Sarem denies any attempt to manipulate sales of ‘Handbook for Mortals’ and you probably should, too. Either Sarem is an underdog getting slammed for making it in this business, or she’s gamed…

Leave George R. R. Martin Alone!

Oh God, really?? I guess the Harvey Dent was right: You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain. Some people are maniacs online. I read how angry fans are trashing George RR Martin’s release schedule, and it left me spitting with anger. Then I sat on this blog…

Snark Has Always Existed

I was just reading this interesting story about a high-schooler in 1963 who sent a survey to 150 well-known authors of literary, commercial, and science fiction. The story is worth a read unto itself, but my takeaway comes from Ayn Rand’s response to the boy, enshrined in the picture on the right. “This is not…

Today a Shark Tweeted Me

As a goof, I decided to ask @HelentheShark a question and to my surprise, she answered! Please see below for examples of hilarity ensuing: I do! I especially like @alanthomasdoyle (and #GreatBigSea). Pretty much Sea Shanty geniuses! — HelenTheShark (@HelenTheShark) July 26, 2017 You might be wondering what this has to do with being a…

Should Authors Do a Patreon?

I’m posting this because I’ve been told on more than one occasion that I should consider doing a Patreon to fund my writing. You may not understand what a Patreon is, so let me bring you up to speed. According to Wikipedia, Patreon is ‘an American Internet-based membership platform that provides business tools for creators…

Yes We Can – Madeline L’Engle – ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

Just read this post regarding Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, and thought ‘this is me. This is us.’ I can’t think of a better case for perseverance on the part of brave new authors than Wrinkle in Time, since it took so many attempts and so much time in order to bring the story to life….

Stanley Kubrick: Beautiful Insanity

When we write, we dream of what success looks like. Then success happens and we’re left wondering where we went wrong. This is an interesting write-up of what it was like working on A.I. with Stanley Kubrick. It seems that the strange worlds of his films were matched only by the strange world of himself. I…

I Take It Back – Neill Blomkamp is a Genius

I know I said I have problems with dystopian and post-apocalyptic sci-fi and that comment still stands. That said, Neill Blomkamp is doing some amazing things with sci-fi right now, and these little short films in particular. Go check out his latest, ‘Firebase,’ (not for kids under 14!) and then come back for comments: I’m…