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...