Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Currently Reading

Back with Gotrek and Felix.

I love these books. Nathan Long does an excellent job of continuing where Bill King left off.

Hail to you, Mr. Long.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas to All!

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

Kick back, relax, and enjoy.

(photo: Talis Source Blog/scottfeldstein)

Friday, December 17, 2010

Busy, Busy, Busy....

No, Dear Readers.

I haven't died.

Just been busy with Real Life.

And writing. Always writing to be done, however limited time may be to do it.

I'll be back in here with more bloggery-ness soon.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

DAICON IV Opening Animation

I first saw this my freshman year in high school, just as I was starting to get into anime.

Blew my mind.


Now this is my kind of sensawunda.

Currently Reading

At the moment, I'm in the middle of White Night, the 8th book in the Dresden Files.

And just a comment on Proven Guilty, the previous book in the series...

Good, solid read, just like the others. I loved when Harry started quoting from Aliens whilst taking on a nasty beastie.

My one problem was this bit. Rawlins, a cop, is talking to Harry during the aftermath of an encounter with some critters at a convention. Rawlins says:
Some of the civilians were carrying. That howling thing went by in the dark and everyone panicked....Civilians opened fire, cops opened fire...
Emphasis mine.

I'm sorry. This is supposed to be Chicago, right? Daley's city? Mr. Richard "I Want to shove a gun up your ass" Daley?

Sorry, but that bit kicked me out of the book.

Of course, after a bit of careful consideration, if your version of Chicago allows for licensed carry for citizens, hell, I'm for it.

/soapbox

Needless to say, that was just a small bump on the road. I finished reading.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Heinlein's Rules, Revisited

Caught this io9 post on Heinlein's Rules of Writing. Once again, a thumbs-down on Rule #3.

I talked about this a while back and I believe it's still the case.

Heinlein's referring to the trap of over-rewriting, not the actual process of revision. In other words, write the story, edit/polish/revise/rewrite, then FFS stop repeatedly fondling the damn thing and get it out to market.

Over to you, Dear Readers: Agree? Disagree? Cast a Delayed-Blast Fireball at me?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Things Are Afoot...

A Thing is in the works.

A Cool Thing. You will like it. I'm sure of it.

That's all I'll say for now...

Monday, November 1, 2010

KAT AND MOUSE Updates

Part 8 of "Pop Quiz" is now live on the site.

Happy reading!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

KAT+MOUSE, Pie, and Shameless Self-Promotion In Action

LadyAce and I were in a Carrows the other night ordering slices of pie and wearing black, hooded, KAT AND MOUSE sweatshirts.

The waitress at the counter looked at us and said, "What's Kat and Mouse?"

I told her.

Her face lit up. "That sounds awesome!" She flipped her order pad to a blank sheet, pulled a pen from her apron, and wrote down the URL.

"Tell me something," she went on. "Is it highly inappropriate content?"

"Yes," LadyAce and I chorused.

The waitress went saucer-eyed. Then an impish grin splashed across her face. "I like it already!"

And that, Dear Readers, is the power of advertising matching sweatshirts.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Felicia Day + Guns = Win!

Felicia Day kicks werewolf ass this Saturday on SyFy's Red: Werewolf Hunter.

Watch the trailer:


And a sneak peek:

Yes. I want to see this.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Happy Wombat Day!!

Today is Wombat Day!

Go hug a wombat.

If you can't find one nearby, hug the picture on this post.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Revamping...

Revamped the look of the blog.

Tried to keep the theme somewhat similar to the previous incarnation.

Whadda ya think?

ETA: Primarily done to "open up" the blog a bit. The previous theme started to feel a bit cramped. I think this new layout lets things breathe a bit.

I could be completely off-base, though.

Oh well. New look. Voila!

Hit Send And...: Update

Okay.

Agents Group #1 all came back with "Thanks, but not for us."

On to Group #2...

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Fortune Cookie Win

Found this in our fortune cookie the other night.
*snort*

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Yep. I Am.

I've come to a conclusion and finally admitted what kind of writer I really am.

It's on the banner at my website.

Yep. I am.

And damn proud to be one.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Hit Send And...: Update

One month since sending off the submission packet to SP#1.

And no response yet.

Yes. I'm feeling antsy.

But that's how things work in this world.

Lots o' waiting.

So now we begin the Agent Query Phase.

I've just sent queries to the first group of agents on my list. I think I'm going to at least give it a week. Then on to Group Two.

There go those stomach butterflies...

Thursday, September 30, 2010

John Joseph Adams In Court

Yesterday, on Twitter:
@johnjosephadams Jury duty tomorrow, that, I don't have a problem with. But 8am! What in holy hell? If I wanted to get up at 8am, I'd have a real job!

@inkhaven: @johnjosephadams oh no, you do have to go? well, civic duty all that. shame civic duty has to get you up so early though!

@johnjosephadams: @inkhaven Yeah, and jeeze, I have BE THERE by 8, that means I'll have to be up by like 6:30 or something!

@inkhaven: @johnjosephadams can you feel the sympathy waves radiating at you from all of us with day jobs? ;)

ME: @inkhaven And songs. There should be songs unto him. @johnjosephadams

ME: @inkhaven Yes. I'll write one tonight. A hymn/song parody. I'll post it on my blog when it's done.

And so I have. I give you: "A Hymn to John Joseph Adams While He Is At Jury Duty."

(to the tune of "Angels We Have Heard On High")
John Joseph Adams has
Jury duty today
All of us in Twitterland
Send sympathy waves and we pray

John
Joseph Adams
Has to go to jury duty
John
Joseph Adams
Has to go to jury duty

"What in holy hell?" says he
He has to be there at 8
So we sing a song for thee
And hope you won't be there too late...

Audio to follow later today. Listen to the audio here.

Please excuse some audio wierdness. The original music tracks I found liked to crackle. Not sure what that was about. I did what I could. If I track down a better track, I'll re-do. For the moment, enjoy this version.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Hell Is He Doing...?

I recently tried to pull the sword from the stone. Or rather, the anvil.


Alas, I didn't turn out to be the boy king.

But I was wearing a cool hat...

Adding to the Blogroll

Adding some new folks to the blogroll on the right sidebar over yonder.

They are:

Charming folks.

Go check 'em out.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Currently Reading


Right now, I am enjoying Orcslayer from the third Gotrek and Felix omnibus. I think this is where Nathan Long takes up the reins from Bill King.

Good, solid, rip-roarin' fantasy adventure.

Recently finished the following:
  • Gotrek and Felix 2nd Omnibus by William King
  • A Devil in the Details by K.A. Stewart
  • Red Hood's Revenge by Jim C. Hines
  • The Magician by Michael Scott
  • The Third Lynx by Timothy Zahn
  • Bewitched and Betrayed by Lisa Shearin
I think it might be time for some non-SF/F reading. I'm starting to feel a little tapped out on SF/F. Maybe mystery. Or non-fic. Perhaps a graphic novel/comic TPB or two.

KAT AND MOUSE Updates

Part 3 of "Pop Quiz" is now live on the site.

Enjoy!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Podcasty Goodness

Recently started listening to the SF Signal Podcast. Features roundtable discussions followed by interviews.

The two episodes I've listened to so far (Episode 5 and 8) have had some great discussions. Episode 5 caught my interest because of the topic: the SF equivalent of s&s. Primarily because I think I'm writing a type of SF s&s. (Sadly for me, the discussion agreed on another sub-genre of SF as the s&s equivalent. Oh well.)

And it turns out the host of the SF Signal podcast, Patrick Hester, is also the co-host of another podcast, The Functional Nerds.

I'm gonna be checking that one out, too. Looks like a fun listen.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Progress Notes In Exile Taking a Break

Yes.

In an effort to recharge the Creative Batteries, I declared that September be a KAT AND MOUSE-free Month.

Which just means that I'm taking a break from writing the serial.

Other creative stuff is fair game. Just nothing on the Duo.

And to show just how well that's working, I've already not sketched out two upcoming episodes.

LadyAce is also helping. She has decided that I've spent way too much time with my ass in front of the computer and has seen fit to find out which of my groups of friends currently have established gaming sessions and kicked my ass out of the house to go play.

And that's where I'm headed this weekend.

On the plus side, it looks like I'll be playing a dwarven cleric pirate.

Sweeet.

Monday, September 6, 2010

KAT AND MOUSE Updates

Part 12 of "With Cat-like Tread" is now live on the site.

Happy reading!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Night of the Girl Scouts Update

Night of the Girl Scouts is now available at two more ebook retailers! The Sony Reader Store and Kobo now carry it.

Haven't purchased it yet? Don't wait another minute! Go find out what happens when Girl Scouts attack.

Geek Movie Quote Thursday

CLARENCE: Cobra Assault Cannon.
State of the art bang-bang.
Robocop

Saturday, August 28, 2010

It Begins

As I mentioned earlier today (and in a previous post), we now begin submissions.

The idea is to publish the first ten episodes (and accompanying interludes) of Kat and Mouse's escapades for all the world to see and read and enjoy. So we're taking the duo to publishing land.

First place we're going to is Small Press #1 (or SP#1--yes, I'm holding off mentioning names. Don't count your chickens and all that).

Over the next day or so, I'll be putting together the submissions package for SP#1 and then sending it on when it's done.

I'll keep all-y'all posted on how we're doing.

Stay tuned.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Resident Evil Afterlife Sneak Peek

Girls with guns.

Better yet, Milla Jovovich with guns.


(h/t: SF Signal)

Geek Movie Quote Thursday

Yes. I'm bringing them back.

And without further ado...

CHANDLER: Only a man whose heart
is pure can wield the knife,
and only a man whose ass is narrow
can get down these steps. And if
mine's is such an ass, then
I shall have it.
The Golden Child

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Get Out of The Way

"Get out of the way."

Excellent reminder.

As I mentioned before, I'm a Plotser (Plotter-Pantser). In a typical story, I'm Plotter for about 70% and Pantser for the remaining 30%.

Sometimes, though, I can be too much Plotter and not enough Pantser. When that happens, I inevitably stall the story.

Which is what happened to Episode #110.

I was stuck in Plotter mode and kept trying to manipulate the story. The story didn't like it and fought back.

Result: stalled story.

What I needed to do was step back and let the story unfold instead of forcing it.

As my esteemed Story Editor put it: "Get out of your own way."

When I finally did, the story resolved itself and I was able to finish.

So remember: if your story seems to be stuck, you might be the one causing it to get stuck.

Get out of the way.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Fantasy Tropes and the Inevitable Death of Literature As We Know It

Over at one of my writing watering holes, in the SF/F area, folks have been getting in a huff over tropes and cliche situations. Fantasy novels, in particular.

"Down with aloof, immortal elves and earthy, axe-wielding dwarves!" they cry. "Boo and hiss to 'farmboy fulfills prophecy' stories! Give us something different!"

Okay. Here's one. It's called Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. There are no aloof, immortal elves. No earthy, axe-wielding dwarves. And hey! no 'farmboy fulfills prophecy' story.

Hot diggity dog!

See where I'm going here?

Look--I'm all for new and creative ways to tell a story. But why must you constantly reinvent the wheel?

Tropes--or conventions or stock characters/situations or whatever you want to call them--form the basis of story. All story. The Hero. The Villain. The Problem. The Conflict. The Resolution. The Happy Ending.

Fantasy stories will inevitably have specialized tropes. Those aloof elves, for instance. Or Dark Lords. Or goblins. Or that damn farmboy of prophecy.

And you know what?

There is nothing wrong with having them in your story.

That's what they're there for. Use them, fer cryin' out loud!

When I pick up a hard-boiled detective story, there damn well better be all the elements of a hard-boiled detective story in there. Same goes for a sword and planet story. Or a fantasy quest story. If it's not there, I'm going to chuck that sucker across the room and pick up one that gives me the story I want.

Complaining about a fantasy novel with elves, dragons, and giants is akin to saying "I want a Porsche but with a Vespa engine." Or "I want spaghetti and meatballs, but without the spaghetti, sauce, and meatballs."

John Rogers, producer and writer on the show Leverage, puts it this way:
You say "trope" I say "time-honed tool."
Bingo.

Friday, July 30, 2010

The Comic-Con Report

Finally getting around to posting about Comic-Con.

It was a grand old time. Con-By-Proxy for K.A. Stewart. I was her guide for the day and she got to wander about a little and get some pics with a few folks.

Thus, I present the pics from San Diego Comic-Con By Proxy...

Waiting in line.

First stop: At the Ace/Roc booth with Anne Sowards.

With Iron Man.

Checking out merchandise.

Who ya gonna call?

Stopping for lunch. Yes, that's a beer. Yum.

Among the peoples.

With Elvis Trooper.

Taking a breather.

Sitting in on a panel.

From left to right: Me, K.A. Stewart, a fellow writing forum pal.

At the end of the day, taking a nap in the back seat.

And there you have it!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Quick Bits

Soon to be Comic-Con Bound. Want to follow the fun? Check my Twitter feed for Con reportage. There will be pictures and postings about the Con next week.

KAT AND MOUSE will still post on Monday. Check the site for the newest installment (or, if you're a subscriber, your email inbox or RSS feed). Oh, the wonders of the Intertubes.

See all-y'all back here next week.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Countdown to Comic-Con


T-minus 12 days and counting.

Yes, it's that time of year again.

And we'll be there for the festivities on Saturday.

I know a couple other folks who will be there and I'm looking forward to saying hello to them.

Plus, I'm supposed to say hello to Anne Sowards at the Ace/Roc table (hopefully she'll be there) and do a fun thing for K.A. Stewart.

If you're going, look for me and the Wife. We'll be wearing KAT AND MOUSE t-shirts. Come and say hi.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Comic-Con Protest and The Gospel According to Kal-El

SCI FI Wire reported on the upcoming protest at Comic-Con. Bleeding Cool then suggested 10 ways to counter that protest.

I planned on doing my version of #4, but the protest is set for Thursday and I won't get to the Con until Saturday. How sucky is that?

And so, I have decided to share it with all-y'all.

Here is my rendition of the Gospel According to Kal-El.

Selections from The Book of Kal-El
by AceTachyon

Here be The Book of Kal-El.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was Comic Book, and the Comic Book was Action Comics #1.

And there was a man sent from Action Comics #1, whose name would be Superman.

And this man, from a world he did come, a world known as Krypton. And he was born of Jor-El and Lara, and they called him Kal-El, whose name means "all that is God."

But the world Krypton then vanished in a great cataclysm, and all those on Krypton did perish.

And it came to pass that before the cataclysm and destruction of Krypton did Jor-El find Earth, our world, and so did Jor-El love our world that he sent us his only begotten son, Kal-El, that whosoever believeth in him shall fight for Truth, Justice, and the American Way up to issue 700. 700 shall be the number of the issue, and the number of the issue shall be 700.

Then there came a mighty roar, and the heavens of our world did part, and a vessel did burst forth from the skies. And thus did the boy Kal-El did alight upon a field clad in swaddling clothes and hidden inside the vessel. And there was he found by Jonathan and Martha Kent, who raised him as their own.

And so did the boy grow into manhood and lo! learnéd he that great powers were his. Faster was he than a bullet speeding. More powerful was he than a locomotive. Able was he to leap tall buildings in a single bound. And so did he call himself Superman, and he did bear a spitcurl, and he was clad in blue raiment and a red cape, and he did have on his chest a shield upon which was laid an 'S'.

Hark! In the sky! 'Tis a bird. Nay, 'tis a plane. Nay, 'tis Superman.

Then went he to Metropolis and took he the form of Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter for yon newspaper, Daily Planet. And thus did he wander among the men and women of Metropolis and they knew not who he was.

But yea, verily, when he was needed, thereupon did Superman come forth to lay down judgment against those who did not hearken unto the law.

And thus did Superman battle great foes of immense power and wily ways. And among their number were Bizarro, Mongul, Darkseid, Mr. Mxyzptlk, Metallo, and many others. And the greatest of these was Lex Luthor.

And in that time did Superman also gather an array of great heroes of vast power to help in his fight. And among these were Batman, Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern, the Flash, and Aquaman. And still other heroes did join in to give their aid in the battle. And they did call themselves the Justice League.

And it came to pass that a creature of great power did arise from the bowels of the earth. And did members of the Justice League meet the beast and did wage war against, it but they were all cast down. And in one battle did the beast lay upon the hero known as Booster Gold and did strike him with such fury that the blow did send him into the heavens. And there did Superman catch him, and did Booster say unto Superman: "It's like Doomsday is here."

And thus was the beast dubbed Doomsday.

And so did Superman battle Doomsday. And they did war upon one another, and it did rage all over, and their war cast a mountain to the ground, and a living forest, too. And lo! did Doomsday come down upon Metropolis. And did the armies of Metropolis set upon the creature and rain down fire and destruction upon the beast. But to no avail.

Then did Superman cry out: "Avaunt, foul beast! Here upon Metropolis thus draw the line I do!"

And once more did Superman and Doomsday join in battle, and their blows were mighty, as like a great wind that did shatter glass upon the buildings, and there were thunderings, and earthquakes, and the earth below them was rent asunder.

An lo! Superman smote Doomsday, and the beast fell dead. But Superman was also struck down and fell. And the peoples of the world wept and all was in darkness. And for a time, there was naught of the Man of Steel.

But yea, verily, hearken unto the news, for Superman did arise from the dead. And he did save Coast City from the villainous Mongul and the Cyborg, who meant harm for that place, and for the world. And did Superman regain his powers. And there was much rejoicing, and he was truly alive, and he was truly Superman.

And thus did they make movies of his life. Two movies to praise. Two movies to disavow any knowledge of. And his Return, in which many are mixed in emotion.

And thus, also, does Superman walk the world, and there does he touch the hearts of all who meet and read of his exploits.

And thus is the tale of Superman, the tale of Kal-El.

Praise be Supes. Blessed be Big Blue.

If any of you are of a mind to actually perform this reading at the protest, be my guest. Here's a PDF copy.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Still Another Mention of the Serial

Looks like SciFi World News has been carrying a feed of KAT AND MOUSE since November, starting with the last installment of "Here, Kitty Kitty."

Excellent. We're slowly making our way around the Interwebz.

Thank you, A.W. Ford. You have been added to the Wall of Fame.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

We Can Haz Maps!

Here are maps of Bay City and the surrounding area.

The maps are a bit rough (since they're mostly for my reference) but they give the general lay of the land.

Now when you see street names in the stories, you can see (for the most part) exactly where they are in the city.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

KAT AND MOUSE Is iPhone/iPod Touch Friendly

We've just recently been told the serial is readable on the iPhone/iPod Touch.

Exciting news. Glad to hear we've yet another way to reach fans and readers.

Not having either gadget, I'm going to guess it's being read via URL or maybe RSS feed. Can any readers confirm?

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Curse You, Nathan Long!

Dropped into Borders earlier today to pick up the second Gotrek and Felix omnibus when what to my wandering eye should appear?

But lo! on the shelf--Ulrika the Vamp-eer.

Specifically, Ulrika the Vampire: Blood Born.


Goddammit...

Why?

Because Ulrika's conversion has not yet happened in my reading timeline.

I'm guessing it takes place somewhere in the middle of the omnibus.

So, Nathan Long, I bestow a Bronx cheer upon you.

(grrrr...)

(grumble grumble grumble...)

Monday, June 14, 2010

Leaping In

Or at least, preparing to leap in.

As I get started on writing episode #10 of K+M, I'm pondering the serial's print possibilities. Specifically, the print version of the first 10 episodes.

I'm estimating a month or two to write and polish #10. So by the beginning of August (or mid-month), I will begin my search for...

(dun dun DUN)

...an agent.

Yep. You heard right.

I'm gonna try to take K+M to the big leagues.

As of now, I'm already collecting names of possible folks I plan to query. And I'm working on the query letter, too.

And I will blog about the whole process so you can share in the fun.

It'll be a hoot.

Now it's quite possible that I've already shot myself in the foot even before I leave the starting block.

See, K+M is already serialized. Already published, in a sense. There is the possibility (and I need to be ready for it) that agents will turn it down because of that fact.

We'll just have to see.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Plantser/Plotser

After a little more thought on the matter from my earlier post (Planner or Pantser?), I'm starting to think that I may be a bit of both.

A Plantser. (Or Plotser.)

I mentioned in the earlier post that I only create a rough sketch of the story. That I don't know every single detail. The detail comes out during the writing.

For instance, I'll write something like: "Kat and Mouse interrogate mook. Find out link to bad guy."

Broad strokes. What I won't know is how they'll interrogate the mook and what shape the interrogation will take. Long interrogation? Short interrogation? Play "Good Cop, Bad Cop"? Hang him upside down? Waterboard him? Will it be like pulling teeth? Will he break quickly? Will he resist for a while then give himself away?

I don't know right off the bat.

All of that will usually reveal itself in the course of writing.

Yeah. I think I'm a Plantser.

Or Plotser.

Plotser. Sounds more fun.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Planner or Pantser?

A fellow ForumGoer at one of my online watering holes talked about his method of writing. I decided to reply with the following post...

I'm one of the former types. The Outliner. The Planner. The Plotter. I'll share how I write. It may not be how other Outliners write, though. Just me.

My ideas don't come fully formed. I'll just get a snippet of something. A scene. A bit of dialogue. But at that point, I won't write anything down. It's just an idea. There's not much for my Outliner Brain to work with. Yet.

So it'll sit in the deep recesses until it finds something it can work with. Something it can mold into shape. My brain will ask questions of the idea. Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?

Once I've answered these questions, I sketch out the broad strokes of the story using the Four Act Structure (which I cribbed from episodic television writing). This is my Story Map.

Then I'll write, keeping an eye on the Map. Along the way, new bits of story may take shape on the page. I'll add them if they look like they will serve the story. I'll toss them if they don't.

And on I go, writing until I get to the end of the Map and the end of the story.

Do I ever swerve off the Map? Sometimes. It'll happen in the middle. The characters may decide something completely different than what I had envisioned. But I try to keep the broad strokes intact.

But eventually, everyone makes it to that ending I first envisioned. They solve the case. They find the missing girl. They retrieve the item.

What about you? How do you write?

Monday, May 31, 2010

Thanks Yet Again to SF Signal

Yet another round of applause to John DeNardo at SF Signal for continuing to list new episodes of KAT AND MOUSE.

Thank you, sir. You continue to rock.

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day, everyone.

Remember the soldiers who gave their lives in defense of our country.

Have a safe holiday.

Monday, May 10, 2010

R.I.P. Frank Frazetta

The passing of an icon.

If there was ever a man who visually defined the genre, it was Frazetta.

Tor.com has a nice piece on him.

UPDATE: Charles Tan over at Bibliophile Stalker has more links to Frazetta memorials. (Scroll down the post a bit and you'll find them.)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Darth TomTom

Friday, April 16, 2010

Light Posting Ahead

Busy with Real Life.

Back soon...

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Moving Quotes

Because they really deserve a place to call their own rather than get lost amid all my babbling.

So here they go.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

A Lesson From WonderCon

The lesson smacked me three times. Once from Greg Rucka. Twice from Peter Beagle, at two different panels.

The lesson was this: You are a writer. Write. Don't wait for the muse. You write even when the muse isn't there. Even when it feels like, as Stephen King put it, you're "shoveling shit from a sitting position." You put in the time. Because a working writer makes money from the writing. And if they wait for the muse, they will starve and not be able to pay the rent and the bills.

I find it interesting that I can read the same advice in tons of books and articles and it seems to go in one ear and out the other, in a manner of speaking.

But hearing it directly from someone suddenly makes all the difference.

Thank you, Greg and Peter.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Geek Movie Quote Thursday

KAYLEE: Goin' on a year now I ain't had
nothin' twixt my nethers
weren't run on batteries!

MAL: Oh, God! I can't know that!

JAYNE: I could stand to hear a little more.
Serenity

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Geek Movie Quote Thursday

PETER: Let's show this prehistoric bitch
how we do things downtown.
Ghostbusters

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Geek Movie Quote Thursday

RICK: Hey, Winston! Pedal faster!
The Mummy

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Geek Movie Quote Thursday

CHRIS KNIGHT: This? This is ice. This is
what happens to water when it gets too cold.
This? This is Kent. This is what happens
to people when they get too sexually frustrated.
Real Genius

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Geek Movie Quote Thursday

TERMINATOR: Come with me if you want to live.
Terminator 2

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

In Which We Become Pretentious

Since this is primarily a writing blog, I'm now going to add a Fun Bit in which I talk about current writing projects. Specifically, it'll be about progress on the serial.

Just in case you Dear Readers (all 3 of you*) were wondering if I actually did any writing.

After all, I've billed myself as "writer of cyberpunk action-adventure." So let's see some cyberpunk action-adventuring, right?

I'll also cross-post these to the serial's blog.

I subject you to that Writing Joy starting tomorrow.

That way you can prepare to leave the city (or state or region or country or planet).


*if there are more of you, give a holler.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Geek Movie Quote Thursday

PAUL: Stilgar, do we have wormsign?
STILGAR: Usul, we have wormsign
the likes of which even God has never seen
Dune

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

We Haz Forums!

The KAT+MOUSE forums are now open!

Come on in and let's get a-chattin' about our duo.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Currently Reading

Was in the middle of Gav Thorpe's Kill Team, the follow up to 13th Legion, but decided that I needed a complete genre change up.

Therefore we are taking in a legal thriller. Peri O'Shaugnessy's Case of Lies.

And next up, Robert B. Parker's Appaloosa.

It happens. We'll get back to genre fun soon. Don't worry. I haven't jumped ship.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Tweakings at KAT+MOUSE

If you are one of our Readers at KAT+MOUSE, please note that we're doing some tweaking behind-the-scenes. You may get a weird "under construction" page in the interim.

Bear with us. We'll have things back up as soon as possible.

UPDATE: Tweaking is done. We are back up and running.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Genre Firearms

Since I'm a bit of a weaponry geek and I write about a gun-totin' female mercenary, I thought it only fitting to share the following list of "Awesome Fictional Firearms."

My favorite of the list is Mal's pistol. Here's another pic to drool at.

Always nice to have in case a gorram Reaver shows up.

What's your favorite genre firearm?

Friday, February 26, 2010

Total MovieLoreFail

The very portrait of Oblivious:
This movie [The Wolf Man] was a complete waste and I feel that it offends ALL Twilight Fans around the world, that including myself. For one, it was a COMPLETE remaking of the Wolf Pack from the Twilight Saga: New Moon. It gives the werewolves a bad name and makes them look like some deformed mutation of a rabid dog.
Miss Patterson, you failed your INT check.

(h/t: Dead Robots Society)

Writerly Podcast

Stumbled on this place via another forum I lurk at.
The Dead Robots Society was created by Justin Macumber in an effort to offer advice and support to other aspiring writers.

[...]

All the hosts...gather on a weekly basis to share stories of their individual journeys and discuss topics important to the world of writing.
Recently took in this episode with "transmedia DIY creator" Matt Selznick who talked with the hosts about creating your author platform on the interwebs.

Check 'em out.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Geek Movie Quote Thursday

BURT GUMMER: Broke into the wrong
goddamn rec room, didn't ya you bastard!
Tremors

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Workin' Them Words, Part Two

QFT:
MISTRESS OF THE TENTACLED OBLIVION: Give us a sense of a day (or week) in the life of Robert Silverberg in the pulp era. How did pulp writing fit into your everyday routine?

ROBERT SILVERBERG: Back in my pulp-mag days I worked from about 8:30 to noon, took an hour off for lunch, and worked again from one to three, for a work day of five and a half hours or so. I wrote 20 to 30 pages of copy in that time, doing it all first draft, so that I was able to produce a short story of 5000-7500 words in a single day. If I had 3000-worders to do, I usually wrote one before lunch and one after lunch. At three o'clock I poured myself a shot of rum or mixed a martini, put a record on, and sat down to relax until dinnertime, reading and perhaps sketching out the next day's work on a scrap of paper. This was the Tuesday-to-Friday routine. I never worked on Saturday or Sunday.
I bow before Mr. Silverberg.

Hell--I kiss Mr. Silverberg's feet.

(via Raygun Revival)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Blatant Thievery In Homage To Hines

Jim Hines discusses a recent review of Mermaid's Madness that points out what seems to be a continuity error.

He responds:
I’ve written a note for my own future reference:
When Snow knocks you down, you stay the @#$% down!
I will now riff off that:
When Kat and Mouse knock you down, you stay the fuck* down!
I now doff my hat to Jim. He continues to be the shiznit.

*Swearing included because they swear in the stories, dammit.

Bits and Pieces

Question, Please
A question to all readers of Kat and Mouse. Do head over to yonder link to read and respond, please.

Snip Snip Cut Slash
LadyAce has been wielding the Red Pen of Editing Death +5 on the next Kat and Mouse episode and doing a damn fine job on it. Let's have a round of applause for LadyAce.

(That means clap, dammit!)

Episode Work
Speaking of episodes--the episode that follows the above is now in progress.

Ay-yiyiyiyiyiyiyiyiyiyi!
And speaking of LadyAce and the awesomeness that is Her--she got me all but one season of Xena (boxed sets of 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6) for Valentine's Day and we are now watching the series from the beginning.

And I have to say the goosebumps I always got when I used to watch the show have returned.

I really missed this show. I'm glad we now own it.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Geek Movie Quote Thursday

DENNIS: Listen -- strange women lying in ponds
distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.
Supreme executive power derives from a mandate
from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Workin' Them Words

QFT:
At which point we put down "Zanzibar", broke/outlined/wrote "The Bottle Job" in 72 hours, and then dove right back into "Zanzibar". Welcome to television, you arty bastards. That perfect spec you took four months to write won't save you now!
Broken, outlined, and written in 72 hours.

Fuckin'-A.

Thank you, Kung Fu Monkey.

You have re-energized me.

Adding you to the Mighty blogroll.

Monday, February 15, 2010

I Wish I May...

When I grow up, I want to be Jim C. Hines, Kat Richardson, Robert Asprin, Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, David Eddings, Joss Whedon, Greg Rucka, Judd Winick, Warren Ellis, Janet Evanovich, and Robert B. Parker all rolled into one.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

The Fiction That Melted My Brain

I will now blame fellow writer, AWer, and mecha enthusiast Morgan Dempsey for melting my brain one day a couple of weeks ago.

She had the audacity of linking to this blog post wherein I was subjected to cerebrally sodimized by treated to something called "Night Travels of a Vampire Orlando Bloom."

My brain melted upon reading a few choice samples.

And Morgan claims there's a sequel.

Just say "No," Brethren and Sisthren. Just say "No."

(This has been a public service announcement from the Ad Council.)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Bits and Things

More tweaking at the main site and a little here at the blog.

I blame this book.

The tweaking never ends, does it. Always a little bit here, a little bit there.

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Episode 2 of Cloak and Dagger is out.

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Work on the serial continues apace and on track. Looking good from where I'm standing.

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Three Days to Dead and the first Gotrek and Felix omnibus have now been added to the TBR pile.

And I saw a few more titles I want to get.

Yes. I'm a book junkie.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Geek Movie Quote Thursday

EGG SHEN: It will come out no more.
JACK: What? What will come out no more?
Big Trouble in Little China

Saturday, February 6, 2010

RIP: Robert B. Parker

Robert B. Parker died January 18, 2010. Well-known for his Spenser series of novels. He was genre, sure. Mystery, primarily. Also a few westerns.

I mention him on the blog because his style in those novels influenced much of the style of KAT AND MOUSE.

I tip my hat to you, sir.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Geek Movie Quote Thursday

VENKMAN: "We came, we saw, we kicked its ass."
Ghostbusters

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Not Alone

Fellow writer Jason Tudor (also a fellow AWer) had a post today that recalled a similar situation I encountered a few years ago. In his reply to my comment, Jason noted that sometimes it can feel like you're the only one in that situation.

I hear ya, bro.

KAT AND MOUSE: GUNS FOR HIRE had a brief incarnation as a webcomic but eventually stopped for two reasons. First, my artwork was not up to par when compared with other webcomics out there (and this was my estimation). Second, I'm not a quick artist so putting out pages on a specific schedule often found me scrambling to make it work.

After four months of hemming and hawing, I pulled the plug on the project.

It's hard to do something like that. Especially after you've put in the time and effort on a project. Feels like it was all a waste of time.

At the time, I felt I was the only one in that situation. That all other webcomickers never ran into that type of thing and all their webcomics worked out and didn't crash and burn after a few installments.

But I've come to know it isn't always the case. There are other creatives out there who go through this, too. Writers will scrap projects if they're not working out and start a fresh one. Sometimes, elements from the scrapped work will find its way into either the new work or a future work.

It's all grist for the mill.

The other thing that came out of that was a realization of where my strengths lie. It wasn't in comicking, no matter how much I liked to draw and sketch. Passable work, sure. But
not at the level I wanted it to be.

But I could craft a decent story that people enjoyed.

So that's what I did.

Result? KAT AND MOUSE as a serial.

To those writers who feel like they're toiling in isolation, I say this: Yes, our work is often done alone. By ourselves. And nobody sees our struggles. But remember that your fellow writers are also in the same boat. Sometimes, looking up to see what your compatriots are doing can make you see that you're not really alone.

Because you're not.

Having a Reason

Ran across this blog post the other day and the following bit struck a note with me:
I've been re-evaluating what I do and why, and it's really made me more aware of my process and what my personal goals are for the stories I write. Not just the story goals, but the things I wasn't from a story and what I hope to achieve for the reader. The kind of writer I want to be and the stories I want to tell. It's been interesting so far, and I'm curious to see how this develops.
It remined me of an earlier post I wrote on a similar theme.

The kind of writer I want to be? The kind of stories I want to tell?

I want to be a writer who tells exciting, swashbuckling, thrilling SF/Fantasy stories that people enjoy.

A writer who tells stories that entertain.

If you read one of my stories and say "Wow. That was fun!" then I will have accomplished that.

In Which They Are Back

Yup.

I'm bringing them back.

Geek Movie Quotes.

Every Thursday.

That means tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

RIP: Kage Baker

Kage Baker passed away this past weekend. SF Signal links to remembrances and appreciations.

I first heard of Kage when the Company stories began showing up in my issues of Asimov's, and then again when the novels popped up on bookshelves.

Truth be told, I've not read any of the stories or novels.

I simply know of them.

One day, a few years back, while looking at a copy of one Company novel, I noticed the author photo and thought "Wow, she looks familiar. I've seen her before."

And I had.

Back in 1993, as a matter of fact.

At Blackpoint Forest, in the Northern California town of Novato, on a Saturday morning, I sat on hay bales with about a dozen other "actors" and listened to Kage and her sister Kathleen teach us how to speak Elizabethan english for the Renaissance Pleasure Faire.

That's how I know and remember Kage, telling us to beware of the "eels."

Since the novels and stories appeared, I've seen her become a force in the SF community.

I'm sorry I never got the chance to say hello when she made local appearances here in the Bay Area. And I'm sorry I heard about her illness late and was unable to send my well-wishes when the call went out.

I've heard lots of good things about the Company stories. Time to go find them.

Good-bye, Kage. May you be delivered from "eels."

Currently Reading

I had originally planned on reading the next Dresden book on my TBR Pile, Proven Guilty, followed by the second Harper Blaine novel by Kat Richardson, Poltergiest.

But...I didn't.

Instead, I turned to 13th Legion by Gav Thorpe, a novel set in the world of Warhammer 40K.
What a kick! Kage and the Last Chancers are a great bunch. Very much The Dirty Dozen in space. I've got the sequel, Kill Team, and I think I'm going to read that next.

And I've got my eye on the Gotrek and Felix collections. Those also look like a lot of fun.

Aaand...I've also been planning on picking up The Bloody Crown of Conan and The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane.

Aaaaand...Kelly Meding's Three Days to Dead, and the second Black Lagoon graphic novel.

So Dresden and Harper drop down a few slots on the TBR Pile. For the moment.

I'll get there soon enough.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Vote for KAT AND MOUSE

KAT AND MOUSE: GUNS FOR HIRE is up for the Rose and Bay Award for web fiction. Thanks to those of you who nominated the serial.

Now it's time to cast a vote for our daring duo. Rules are posted here. Cast your vote either in the comments of the post or via the poll on LiveJournal (you'll need to be logged into LJ for that).

Voting runs until the end of February.

[SONGS IN THE KEY OF GEEK] Another Song Gets Mentioned

I tweeted the song "Urban Fantasy" to Stacia Kane a few weeks ago since it mentions her name in the lyrics. It made the rounds on Twitter.

Mark Henry, over at the League of Reluctant Adults, mentioned the song in a post.

Doug Knipe, the SciFiGuy, picked it up for one of his UF Roundups.

That was fun.

[VOICE ACTING] Recent Releases

A few more new shows to announce since the last show update:

In Which We Are Go For Relaunch

My main site, AbnerSenires.com, relaunches today.

More a facelift than a relaunch, I suppose. Did a little bit of prettifying, that's all.

If you're there and you find something that isn't working right, let me know. I'm still tweaking a few things.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled Monday...

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Movie Thoughts

LadyAce and I had a fun little movie marathon a couple of weeks back.

Some observations on the flicks we saw...

TROLL 2
Pure MovieFail.

I'm not even sure why this movie needed to be made. The writing was atrocious, the acting sub-par, and the "effects" laughable. The trolls (or goblins, according to the movie) looked like Little People wearing rubber masks and brown cotton track suits.

It's like they didn't even bother to make a good movie.

The first TROLL kicks this one's ass.


STARSHIP TROOPERS 2: HERO OF THE FEDERATION
I still call this Spaceship Troopers simply because there are no jumpsuits. Otherwise, it's not a bad movie. Not great. But not bad.

I did miss the newsreels and the "Would you like to know more" bits.

Brenda Strong comes back but plays a different character--Sgt. Dede Rake. If you recall, she played Capt. Deladier in the first movie. Would've been a nice nod to continuity if her character was either related to Deladier or if someone mentioned a resemblace to the Captain.


STARSHIP TROOPERS 3: MARAUDER
(I got the Starship Troopers box set for Christmas so we watched the other two films)

Overall, a good movie. Except for the overtly religious tone toward the end. Felt like it was being shoved in my face. Didn't care for that.

But Casper Van Dien comes back as Johnny Rico, now a Colonel. And they finally show us mechs. Not the jumpsuits of the book, but close enough for me.

And the newsreels and "Do you want to know more" bits were back.

Still, the God stuff made me go meh.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Bloggy Stuff and Other Bits

After seeing this tweet from @goraina the other day, I decided it was time to revamp my main site. Kinda tie everything together in a neat little package.

I guess you could call it "branding."

Right now, all that stuff's going on behind the scenes so nothing's gone live yet.

I'll share when it's time for the relaunch.

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Some of you who follow the serial may have noticed that it's on break at the moment.

Translation: playing catch up on stories.

Further translation: working my ass off to catch up on stories.

* * *

Honestly, that move back in November kicked my ass and upended the works. I think I'm only now slowly reaching the edge of the hole resulting from that PITA.

But onwards and upwards, as they say.

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I leave you with the following thought:

"I am ninja, hear me roar--but you can't."

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Rose and Bay Award for Web Fiction

Web fiction now has its own award.
The Rose and Bay Award focuses on a growing business model known as "crowdfunding" or "cyberfunded creativity," which directly connects creative people and patrons of the arts online. This award recognizes exemplary projects and enthusiastic patrons. It spans five categories: Art, Fiction, Poetry, Other Project, and Patron. (Other Project includes any cyberfunded creativity that isn't art, fiction, or poetry -- or that spans more than one category.)
Nominations are open until 31 January 2010. The voting period runs 1 Feburary through 28 February 2010.

Think KAT AND MOUSE should be eligible for the Fiction category? Let 'em know.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

[VOICE ACTING] Audiobook Project

Currently working on an audiobook narration for a podcast. Also called a "podiobook."

Ergo, I'm currently working on a podiobook.

I'll leave things vague for the moment and give complete details when it finally goes live.

And yes, it's a hired gig. That's all sorts of win.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Cons in 2010

It may be January but there's no better time to get ready for this year's Cons.

Lady Ace (my lovely Wife) and I will be at Comic-Con. Who else will we see there?

And don't forget WonderCon in April. Who will we see there?