Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Currently Reading: 12/31/08

Finished Armed and Magical last week. The next book in the series is The Trouble With Demons, due out next April.

I can't wait.

Excellent excellent excellent.

Next up: Ian McDonald's Out on Blue Six.

So far, an intriguing read. The prose gets poetic at times but it fits the tone of the story.

Chicks With Guns: 12/30/08

From the 2008 Girls of S.W.A.T. Calendar, a special supplement to the November 2007 issue of S.W.A.T.

Post-Christmas

Hope everyone had a great and safe holiday weekend.

Ours was nice and mellow. A nice change from the typical madness.

Although my expedition to the mall on December 23rd was eye-opening.

That was madness.

As I walked into the mall entrance, a woman walking out gave me a smirk and said "Good luck."

Yes, I was being male and late with shopping. But it was just a couple of things and I hadn't had a chance to go out until then.

Strategic shopping got me through the madness and I escaped unscathed.

But the Christmas craziness is done (mostly) and '09 is just around the corner.

We now return to our regularly scheduled blog.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Wolvie Trailer

The trailer for the upcoming Wolverine movie.

X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE HD


Ooooh. Gambit.

(h/t: Kelly's place)

More Interwebz

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

A very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours.


(photo: Talis Source Blog/scottfeldstein)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Holiday Break

The holidays are upon us. Taking a short break from blogging.

I wish everyone a happy and safe holiday.

Back for more fun on Monday.

Chicks With Guns: 12/23/08

Rally Vincent - Gunsmith Cats

Monday, December 22, 2008

Kat and Mouse Updated

Episode 2 is now up.

Actually, it's Part Two of Episode One.

Anyway, go check out the fun.

Writing Rules

I've got a printout of Heinlein's Rules of Writing tacked on the wall near my monitor. I picked it up somewhere long ago (I want to say it was one of those bonus issues of Writer's Digest but I could be wrong). It's a good formula to follow.

Whilst rummaging the Intarw3bz, I came across a disagreement with one of those rules. James Patrick Kelly writes about writer's workshops and notes:
...workshops are not for everyone....Nor are workshops for followers of Heinlein's Third Rule for Success in Writing: "You must refrain from rewriting except to editorial order." There's no point in workshopping non-negotiable stories....it's dishonest to decide beforehand that no matter what transpires during the critique, your story is perfectly salable and you're not changing a goddamned word.
Got me thinking.

Seems to me what Heinlein's trying to say here is: "Don't revise your story to death. Get it written and get it as good as you can. Then get it out to market. Otherwise, you risk falling into the trap of taking out a perfectly good section because you think it's not needed only to put it back in again because, hey, it actually worked the first time around and what was I thinking?!"

Rule #3 works for me.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Uncle Warren in a Webcomic

hee hee hee

(Uncle Warren twitted about this last Monday. I'm putting it up now 'cuz I forgot earlier in the week.)

"Khaaaaaaaaaaaan!"

Reported by io9: a Kirk doll that yells "Khaaaaaaan!"

Now that's just frikkin' awesome.

Shatner Remembers Majel Roddenberry



(h/t: SF Signal)

On the Interwebz

Found a couple of mentions for the serial.

First, from a fellow AWer's blog.

Then, from the folks at SF Signal.

Wicked cool.

Thanks, guys!

Friday, December 19, 2008

R.I.P. Majel Barrett-Roddenberry

Majel Roddenberry passed away yesterday.




Entertainment Weekly has a nice remembrance piece.

You will be missed.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Change of Scenery

Lisa recently mentioned writing in a change of scenery.

I find that a change of scenery often helps me, particularly when I'm struggling with a difficult scene or sequence. This usually involves going to Borders or Barnes & Noble, getting a mocha, and sitting in their cafe area with a yellow pad or steno book.

An hour there typically results in several pages of writing goodness.

Of course, being at Borders or Barnes can sometimes be hard on the wallet.

All those books...

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

What's The What

Story Update: Brain currently busy with the new Kat and Mouse (KnM) story so there hasn't been much space left for blogging. The initial brain dump is pretty much done. I think. Now comes the part where I fill in missing bits.

I've got it scheduled to be done by mid-January.

We'll see how the next week or so goes.

Story Update 2: Two stories came back from Market recently (sad) so now I get to find new possible homes for them (yay!)

And I'm still cleaning up the shapeshifter story.

That's all for now.

Chicks With Guns: 12/16/08

Monday, December 15, 2008

We Have Lift-Off!

We're live! We're live! We're live!

Go begin the fun.

Second installment will be next Monday.

Friday, December 12, 2008

More Gamer Geek Fun

Jim Hines gives us Part Two of "Writing: The RPG."

Makes me smile inside.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Why SF/F, Revisited

Follow-up to the previous post...

Who else has gotten that remark "You write so well, why do you wasted you time on crap like sci-fi/fantasy? Why don't you write a real novel?" (or variations thereof)?

I'm still not sure of the proper response. I'm torn between the following:
  • Kick them in the groin,
  • Give them the bird.
  • Smile and say "Thank you. I'm ignoring you now."
  • Say "Thank you for the vote of no confidence. You can go away now. I have no wish to consort with a troll."
  • Say "Cthulhu will eat your soul."
What say you out there?

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Twitter

Yes.

I haz it now.

Leverage

Jess and I caught the repeat of the premiere episode the other night and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Timothy Hutton leads a band of ne'er-do-wells in what I'd call "Ocean's Eleven does Robin Hood."

A new episode airs tonight on TNT.

Definitely one we're gonna' watch.

Or at least record for later viewing.

ETA: No wonder he looked familiar. The "Spencer" character (see photo: third from the left, in the back) is played by Christian Kane, minus the evilness.

Chicks With Guns: 12/9/2008

Monday, December 8, 2008

Why SF/F?

"Why do you write SF/F?" asked the forum post.

I replied:
Why SF/F?

Because I grew up watching the black and white Flash Gordon serials on television.

Because I saw Star Wars.

Because I started playing D&D, reading Tolkien, and watching Doctor Who in 5th grade.

Because dragons and spaceships and giant mecha float my boat.

While I love a good Spenser tale or a Stephanie Plum escapade, I always find myself combing through the SF/F racks at the bookstore.

I've tried writing a pure mystery story. Didn't work. Tried historical. No go.

Always back to SF/F.
This is why I write SF/F.

To my fellows out there, why do you?

Counting Down

Seven days before Kat and Mouse goes live.

Be sure to check out the fun at Kat and Mouse: Guns For Hire.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

In Which Our Hero Talks About Projects

Writing projects, that is.

'Cuz I'm a writer and all.

Kat and Mouse: After a little bit of prep work and some light outlining, I've begun the next adventure. I'm expecting to finish a first draft by (hopefully) mid-January. It looks to be a short-ish tale. Once finished, it'll post in September as the 5th "episode" of the series.

Short Story Update: The shapeshifter story, which has undergone several revisions, goes through yet another before it goes back out to market. There's also another short percolating in the depths of my brain. I'm only getting bits and pieces of it at the moment. I'm sure it'll gel into something soon.

Out To Market: Three shorts are making the rounds at the moment. Got one reply, but it was just a confirmation they'd received it.

R.I.P. Forrest J. Ackerman

SF/F/H's biggest fanboy has died.

Memorials from SFWA.

Gamer Geek Fun

Just wanted to share two fun things that make my Inner Gamer Geek smile.

First, this fun bit from Jim Hines (which also make my Writer Side smile).

Second, The Guild--a webisode series about a dysfunctional group of online gamers.

Enjoy!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Books on Writing

Seeing a reference to Donald Maass's Writing the Breakout Novel over at Lisa Shearin's blog makes it the fourth time I've encountered this title in the last few weeks.

My curiousity is definitely piqued.

Gonna have to get me a copy.

And since I'm talking about a book on writing, allow me to share a few others that I've found quite useful:
Some good stuff there. I highly recommend them.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Fear Me, Part Deux: More Creative Fandom

It didn't stop with the musical.

Nope.

I wanted to congratulate my two favorite players, Shannon MacMillan and Tiffeny Millbrett, for their World Cup win, but I wanted to do something different.

Sure, they probably got flowers and cards and letters and such.

I wanted mine to stand out.

After much thought, I decided to do a pen and ink portrait.

But as I began to sketch ideas, I had a flash of inspiration.

Thus was born TEAM STRIKER: INTERNATIONAL LADIES OF MYSTERY the comic book.

A planned 3-issue series. Two issues scripted in two and half days. Issue one penciled, inked, lettered, and bound after two weeks of working from 7pm to 2am, playing several CDs on repeat, and mainlining cup after cup of coffee. (After working your standard 8-hour day. I think I got sleep in there somewhere...)

Both Shannon and Tiffeny (and later, Brandi Chastain) got a copy of issue one.

Issues two and three never got off the ground. Sadly.

That was late 1999.

In late 2000, fellow user on the Big Soccer message boards wondered what kind of fun and mischief team joker Julie Foudy could have with a video camera.

I promptly gave a creative reply.

Bam! Another flash of inspiration.

Out came TEAM STRIKER: THE MOVIE.

Posted to the forum in 21 installments.

Fast forward to 2003.

A chance 2003 WonderCon conversation with comic book inker Ray Snyder about TEAM STIKER the comic book yielded another flash of inspiration.

Result: TEAM STRIKER the webcomic.

Sadly, the webcomic died after six installments.*

All this in the name of fandom.

Scared yet?

(If you're just shaking your head in utter disbelief, that's okay, too. I get that a lot from my friends.)


*The reasons for the demise of both the webcomic and the original comic can be found here.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Currently Reading...

I have this habit of reading at least two books at the same time.

Not literally, of course.

But I'll switch back and forth between books. Not that either bores me. But my brain likes to do that sometimes and I appease it.

The pair this time around are...

Magic Lost, Trouble Found by Lisa Shearin.

If Janet Evanovich wrote fantasy, this would be the result. Raine Benares is a fabulous character and I'm thoroughly enjoying her escapades. A fun romp. I'm a little over a quarter of the way through and I've already picked up the second book.

I hear there's a third due next year.

Strangers In Paradise by Terry Moore.

Two best friends. A persistent young man. A clueless ex-boyfriend. And a dark past that returns with a vengeance.

It's a sprawling tale, both epic and intimate all at once. An excellent mix of words and pictures.

A perfect counter to your friends who think comic books are just kid stuff. After they read this, they'll never think that again.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Monday, December 1, 2008

More Indy In Print

Indy's literary adventures are back in the upcoming Indiana Jones and the Army of the Dead by Steve Perry.

I may give the Indy book series another try. I've read the movie novelizations of the first two movies and enjoyed those. Then I picked up Martin Caidin's entry, Indiana Jones and the Sky Pirates.

What a disappointment.

Despite the title and the cover art, there was nothing in it even remotely resembling an Indy adventure.

Very sad.

However, I may give the others in the series a try while waiting for this new one.

I'll keep you posted.

Oh yeah--in case I haven't made it known, I'm a big Indy fan. I'll show you what I mean in a future post.