Thursday, January 28, 2016

Egads! It's 2016!

By John Barrowman's Thighs!

It's 2016!

Happy New Year, Gang.

It's been a while since I posted so apologies for the radio silence.

Before I continue, a quick shoutout to fellow writer and AWer Joshua Roots. His latest book, PARANORMAL CHAOS, is now out in the wild. If you haven't gotten your copy yet, go do it now.


Last time we posted we were talking about all the things we would do during NaNo.


A likely story.

In fact, NaNo was a wash.

At least, a wash in the writing department. Only 1,500 words written during the whole of November. Shortly after NaNo began, The Voices laughed at me, pointed, and went quiet.

But I did hook up with a cool writing group during the write-ins and have now become a member of said group.

Crazy bunch of folk but my kind of crazy so it's all good.

The good news, however, is that shortly after NaNo ended, The Voices started whispering again. And last week, I finished the draft of the next KAT AND MOUSE episode.

We're still some weeks out from going live. I'm shooting for mid-March, but that may change.

I'll keep you posted.

And now, back to the Editing and Revision Cave.

Friday, October 30, 2015

NaNo 2105: The Madness Awakens

In 2 days, NaNoWriMo begins and 300,000+ people all over the world embark on the task of writing 50,000 words in 30 days.

Sometime in mid-October I decided to partake in the madness but I'm using it for my own nefarious purposes: I have KAT AND MOUSE episodes to write and I'm planning on getting drafts of at least two, maybe three, done by the end of November.

I'm looking at somewhere in the neighborhood of 18,000 and 25,000 words in total, based on the current going word count of episodes.

Half the final NaNo goal but that's my goal.

And I've got my 1.9-pound bag of Swedish Fish ready to go.

Brain fuel, y'know.

It'll be madness, I tell ya. Maaaaadness.

But it'll be the fund kind of madness.

Drunk karaoke and puns madness.

(Image: Courtesy of National Novel Writing Month)

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

This Is Why

While hanging out at my good ol' online watering hole (AW) the other day, someone in a thread linked to the I Write Like website. By analyzing a sample of your writing, the site will then tell you which writer, as its name suggests, you write like.

On a whim, I grabbed a goodly chunk of a KAT AND MOUSE episode and dropped it into the the input box.

The site looked over my words, did its thing, and told me

I write like
Raymond Chandler
I Write Like. Analyze your writing!

Exactly what I was shooting for.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

New KAT AND MOUSE Episode Is Live!

The fun continues at KAT AND MOUSE, GUNS FOR HIRE with "Shanghai Squeeze, Part 2" now live and on the site.

Head over yonder and join the Ladies as they dish out some derring-do.

Speak Up: Yes or No

I've made no secret of it in previous posts on the blog.

After the events in Roseburg, OR, I saw Twitter and most of social media explode in reactions from both sides of the divide. And some of those reactions really got my goat.

Since then, I've been struggling with the decisions of whether or not to say something.

Of course, a lot of the "names" I follow were quick with their say. It was some of these responses that got my goat.

Here's the thing: many of these "names" are people I consider colleagues. Fellow writers. People I'd love to hang out with at cons and such.

But when one of them calls you a "soulless shitlord" or another agrees with an article that you need to have this happen to you, it's a little hard to stand by and not fire off a response.

And for nearly 3 weeks, I fought with myself on what I should do. Am I being a coward by not saying anything? Does this mean I'm compromising my beliefs? Am I letting them walk all over me? Will this let their view grow and flourish while mine withers on the vine?

Back and forth. Back and forth.

Inner battle, tooth and nail, knock down-drag out.

But then I happened on this post by Myke Cole on just that very topic. After reading that and after reminders from some Fellow Writers I trust, I have decided this blog is not the place for those responses.

Oh, I'll gladly discuss it with you in person.

But the blog and likely my Twitter feed are not the places for that.

Here, it's about sci-fi, fantasy, comic books, movies, and all the cool stuff that goes along with them.