Sunday, April 6, 2014

Am I Dead?

No. Still alive and kicking.

Been busy with Stuff Outside Of Writing so my productivity has taken a bit of a beating.

Carry on.

I will, too.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Stephen King, How Could You?

Don't get me wrong. I've enjoyed a lot of King's novels and short fiction.

But dammit, Steve, I expected more from you. At the very least, I expect you to do your research.

In On Writing, he advises
On the whole, I think story belongs in front, but some research is ineveitable; your shirk it at your peril.
Well you shirked it here, buddy.

I recently finished Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining, and a little story called "Mile 81."

While both were good reads (Doctor slightly bit better than "Mile"), in both cases I ran into a section that made my reading screech to a halt and kick me out of the story.

From Doctor Sleep:
He turned the basket so one end faced the newly arrived RV and flicked off the Glock's safety with his thumb.
From "Mile 81:"
As Jimmy approached the station wagon, he drew his Glock service automatic but left the safety on.

Glocks do not have external manual safeties.

Research Fail, sir.

Friday, February 21, 2014

In Which I Get Interviewed

No, silly--that's not me in the picture...
A month before I had my "personal incident," fellow AWer and writer bud Joshua Roots, author of Undead Chaos, interviewed me about KAT AND MOUSE for his blog.

You can read the interview here.

It was a lot of fun to do.

Big thanks to Josh for hosting me.

(photo: By Harless Todd, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)