One of the most important things about effective weird fiction is for the prose to give a sense of the visceral experience. Caitlin R. Kiernan excels at this as she shows again with this month’s new Sirenia Digest and its story, “Albatross (1994)“.
Submissions are open until October 16th. I know there are a lot of writing type folks here. Uncanny is a fantastic magazine that publishes cutting edge short SFF. If you’ve got stories that meet their submissions guidelines, give it a shot.
After reading caseyjonescaseyjones’ short essay on the joy and surprise that comes from the story element of character writing, I was reminded that at the end of August, sci-fi publisher Lightspeed Magazine’s “Destroy” series, presented by the Hugo Award-winning Uncanny Magazine, announced a new anthology titled: “…
For the past three days, I’ve been focusing on a personal project: A fun horror crime procedural with an eccentric cast of nutjobs. The idea has been cooking for well over a year now, and this is the first time I’ve felt confident enough to tackle it with all the zeal it deserves. I’m talking about characters.
April is National Poetry Month, and that leads to a really fun thought experiment: What great poets are the best analogues for great comic book artists, and vice versa? I began with a simple question—Who are some of the most awesome, recognizable comic book artists? You know, creators with legendary portfolios that…
I meant to post this yesterday but I worked from 8-4 yesterday so my bad!
November was a trash fire that burned with the heat of a thousand suns. Many folks who intended to do NaNoWriMo got blown off course. There’s a big push on Twitter for folks to make December the new November - #NaNoReDo.
It’s been a while since I’ve written anything. In fact, it’s been over three years. So, I started to make a playlist for my ipod on Saturday night but a story fell out instead. When I was writing there was one thing I would do. I’d write a story for Halloween. I’m not sure if I’m the only one who does this, but if you…
It’s that dreaded time of year again, people.Not the election or the holiday season but NaNoWriMo/ NinerWriMo. For those who don’t know, November is the National Novel Writing Month, where many saps (myself included) try to write a 50 thousand word novel in 30 days, or 1,667 words daily.
I’m thinking of running something fun for the Summer here at the Odeck...a Game Jam! I’ll put up a prompt at the end of the month and anyone wanting to take part has the whole of August to make a game!
About a year ago I was directed to this bit of writing by Andrew Ellard, regarding the over and misuse of the term “deus ex machina” by people criticising screen-writing. It’s been making its way around my head again recently after a string of critiques of the “Everything Wrong With” video essay style, which have a…
For all of my stories, my approach about the endings tend to fall into one of two categories: The “I know every detail of it and I just need to meet up with it once I get there” and “How the feck am I supposed to end this bloody thing?”. I’ll find myself getting to a certain part of the last part and just stall out,…
As a writer, one thing that stood out to me was the times when someone wanted to hurt the heroine, they went straight for the figurative jugular. They dissed her manuscript.
I had an interesting discussion in my writer’s group this month. What sort of setting is more amiable to covering up corruption and evil? Who had what opinions surprised me.
So is the Young Adult genre the publishing world’s version of PG-13? Like in a “We want to make a movie franchise that casts the widest net for an audience” PG-13, not the actual rating system?
Creepypasta are short, urban legend-like stories that are easily spread throughout the internet. This includes the Slender Man, the supremely creepy Candle Cove, and my favorite: WHO WAS PHONE? Over the years, I have written a bunch of creepypasta and I thought I would share some here. Because I am bored and I like…
Hello, all. Welcome to this week’s book club. As usual, I’m your host, Geesejuggler. Let’s get to it!!
This topic has been on my mind for a while and was only dislodged around the most recent criticisms of HBO’s Game of Thrones, which consequently makes this a good time to finally tap out these thoughts into the undying wilds of the internet.