Monday, December 22, 2014

GOOD OMENS Is On Radio!!!!!

No doubt you've probably already heard that GOOD OMENS is coming to BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Just a remind that it airs tonight, the 22nd, at 11:00pm UK time on Radio 4 and runs until the 27th.

Be sure to tune in and enjoy!

I'm pretty sure it'll be another spectacular Maggsian production.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

What's Next?

After yesterday's revelation, you're probably wondering what happens now.

As you can see from the changes on this blog and over at the website, I'm on a whole new path. One that I should have been on from the very beginning.

The books that I've released will stay released.

The Kat and Mouse Facebook page will come down but the serial site itself will stay up and running. Maybe some time down the road, I'll post a new episode. If I do, awesome. But it won't be my primary focus.

I'll also be taking down my Facebook "artist" page. I'm finding I don't do a whole lot with Facebook and it seems silly to let it go unused for so long. So down it goes.

To my Kat and Mouse fanpeeps and readers, another salute goes out to y'all. You guys are awesome. Thanks for being fans of the Ladies.

To all my compatriots in the writing mines, I salute you. Thank you for your support. To my AW Peeps, I salute you, too. You guys, rock. I will continue to tweet and RT any and all of your upcoming writing goodness.

And speaking of tweeting, yes, I'll still be on Twitter.

This little spot on the Intertubes will still me a place for me to sound off about random stuff. Again, no real "platform." Just musings. And maybe a note or two about something I read or saw or heard. And whatever personal news happens to come up that I feel might be of interest to all-y'all.

And maybe something silly and fun that I might have come up with.

We'll see.

So...

...let's really do this.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Lie

I've been perpetuating a lie.

To many of you.

But mostly to myself.

If you've been following me on this blog for some time, you've probably noticed that I've attempted to "re-boot" myself several times. For a long time I wrote sci-fi/fantasy stories and also blogged extensively about gun rights issues. Then, for a time, I added song parodies. And then, "off-base" stories (aka The Jericho Files). And then, writing audio drama reviews.

Then it was back to writing sci-fi/fantasy. Writing "escapist fiction" to be exact.

Looking back, beyond the blog and back through my teens and into my twenties, it seems I went through this "re-booting" thing a lot. I was going to be a screenwriter. A comic book creator. Director. Voice actor. Audio Fiction Narrator.

I'd be this "New Me" for a time.

Then I'd revert back to my default state.

Which, you might be guessing, is "writer."

Right?

Well...

That's what I'd been telling myself since the 5th grade and for more than three decades: "You, sir, are a writer. No matter what you appear to go and do, you are, at heart, a writer. A creator of stories."

And for three-plus decades, I believed that. I truly, wholeheartedly believed that was my purpose on this planet.

To be a writer.

Until recently.

You might recall earlier this year I had a meltdown.

I wrote about it in this post and came to a conclusion about what it meant.

But I have now realized the conclusion I came to at that time was incorrect.

Recent events have now made that abundantly clear.

See, I haven't written any fiction since the end of July. Each time I sat down to work on the next story, I came up with zero words. Not even freewriting or writing exercises or prompts or even taking a break to read would open up the words. By mid-October, just the act of sitting at the computer or with a writing pad became a task.

By early-November, I found that my heart just wasn't "in it" anymore.

"Holy cats!" I thought. "What in the Wide Wide World of Sports is a-goin' on here?"

So I took a closer look.

After several weeks of quiet reflection I came to a realization.

I am not a writer.

I am a performer.

Looking back, really looking back at my life, at my choices, at my activities, at the things I've done and have participated in, it now make total sense.

It was always about performing. About hamming it up. About getting up in front of people and making them smile or laugh or enjoy themselves.

It was about entertaining people.

Performing.

Writing had really been secondary. More of a tool for performance. I wrote so that I could perform what was on the page in some way, shape, or form.

But somewhere, some time, way back when, I bought into the idea that to be a performer you had to sound like Sinatra or look like Brad Pitt.

And me, short, glasses, and big ears, well--forget it, kid.

So I turned to writing thinking it would fulfill me.

And yet as I look back throughout grade school, high school, and college, I kept noticing ways that I would perform for people. Acting out NPCs in my D&D and RPG campaigns. Participating in school plays. Taking musical theatre roles in high school and college. Joining a choir. Taking acting classes. Being an actor at a Renaissance Faire. Taking a workshop on stage combat.

Hell, I even wrote, produced, and directed at zero-budget martial arts short film and a sci-fi radio drama that allowed me to play a couple of supporting roles.

All in the name of performing.

And yet through it all, I was still convincing myself it was about the writing.

No.

It's clear to me now.

It was all about performing.

And now it's time to accept and come to terms with that truth.

I am--and always have been--a performer.

And so, Folks, allow me to (re)introduce myself:
I'm Abner Senires, and I'm a voice actor.



Monday, October 27, 2014

COVER REVEAL: Falling from the Light

My good friend and fellow writer Regan Summers is releasing the third book in her Night Runner series, Falling from the Light, next month and I have the honor of showing off the cover.

Lookee here:

Sweet cover, right?

Now click this link to pre-order the book.

Go. Do it.

Oh.

You want to know what this one's about?

Okay. Here's the blurb:
Phoenix, AZ

All Sydney Kildare wants is a minute in the slow lane, some time to decide where she's going with her vampire lover, Malcolm Kelly. But after sitting out the last battle, the powerful Master Bronson is giving orders again, and he isn't above blackmailing his former courier to get what he wants.

With Mal sent to track a vicious killer, Syd is forced to infiltrate a pharmaceutical company responsible for a drug that turns vampires into real monsters. She's unprepared and alone, but fiercely determined. If her investigation doesn't satisfy the Master, Malcolm will pay the price. A wrong turn throws her into the middle of a vampire power play. Caught between twisting forces, with their freedom at stake, she'll have to decide what's more important: love, power or revenge. But choosing what feels right might turn out all wrong.
Got that?

Good.

Now go pre-order.

And you're already reading her stuff, right?  Right?

What?

You're not?

Shame on you!

GO TO HER SITE AND FIND ALL THE BOOKS NOW!!!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Women With Weapons Wednesday: Kim Rhode

Kim Rhode - American double trap and skeet shooter

Kim is a 5-time Olympic Medalist, 22-time World Cup medalist, and 14-time USA Shooting National Champ.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Women With Weapons Wednesday: Gretel


Gretel - Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Today's Tour Stop: Impudent Hatchlings

Today's stop on the Book Blog Tour is with fellow writer Hillary Jacques at her blog, Impudent Hatchlings, where I talk about my writerly influences.

And it's not exactly what you might think.

Big thank you to Hillary for hosting us today!

Head on over to the blog to check out the guest post!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Today's Tour Stop: Fleas of a 1,000 Camels

Late update but here we go...

Today's stop on the Book Blog Tour is with fellow writer (and Absolute Write compatriot) Sean at his blog, Fleas of a 1,000 Camels, where I partake in another round of questionings and answerings.

Big thank you to Sean for hosting us today!

And contrary to what he might have said, the fedora was not too tight. It fit just fine.

Head on over to the blog to check out the interview!

[FROM THE ARCHIVES] Four Tips For Writing Serial Fiction

Since I've been "touring" to promote the Season 2 boxed set release of KAT AND MOUSE, I thought it would be fitting to talk about serialized fiction today. After all, KAT AND MOUSE is serialized fiction. In particular, I wanted to talk about things to keep in mind when writing serialized fiction.

So I've dug out this gem from the archives which was originally a piece I had at EzineArticles.com.

I give you...

Four Tips For Writing Serial Fiction

Looking to write serial fiction?

You're in good company.

Serial fiction has its roots in the dime novels and penny dreadfuls of the 19th Century, the novels of Charles Dickens and Alexandre Dumas (The Count of Monte Cristo was originally published in eighteen parts), and many of the pulp magazine stories of the 20s and 30s.

With the widespread use of blogs and blogging, serial fiction is making a comeback in many circles.

If you want to write serial fiction well, there are four keys to keep in mind:
  • Finish the story first

  • Write to a cliffhanger

  • Keep 'em short

  • Move it, move it, move it

 

FINISH THE STORY FIRST

This is important.

Having a completed story means you've already dealt with all the various plot and story elements that arise during writing. You know the hero's motivation and goal. You know what the villain is going to do. You know who killed the rich industrialist. You've worked out the various tangles and red herrings. And you've got the ending.

This also means that you aren't going to be revising your story as you release the installments. Not something you want to do and I strongly advise against it.

Have a fully written story first.

That takes care of the overall aspect of your serial.

Now, let's look at the pieces that make up the finished story.


WRITE TO A CLIFFHANGER

You want your readers coming back. Period.

The best way is to write to a cliffhanger.

Now, that doesn't imply that your characters are always going to be in harm's way at the end of each installment (although that is the time-honored way). It could also be as simple as a plot twist. For example, the boon companion turns out to be the traitor. The promising clue turns out to be a dead end.

You get the picture.


KEEP 'EM SHORT

This is a personal rule of thumb, but I find it extremely effective. Most blogging experts advise keeping your blog posts around 500 words. For a serial, I advise at least 800 words on the short end and no longer than 1200 words. 800 words is plenty of time and space for a scene.

Additionally, you don't want to assault the reader with a huge block of text, especially on their monitor. That looks daunting and will likely make your potential reader click away.

Instead, go short.

Your readers will thank you.

Which brings us to our last key...


MOVE IT, MOVE IT, MOVE IT

Your story needs to move. Remember: it's a story. Not a travelogue. Not an architectural review. Not a lecture.

Story. Always a story.

If you're thinking of spending 2000 words describing your main character's ornate gown or on the sociopolitical history of the elven kingdom she's visiting, don't do it. Stop. Right now. You will lose your reader.

This is an excellent tip on handling exposition and info-dumps in general but it is vitally important in serial fiction. You don't want to lose your reader. You want to keep them reading.

As a corollary to this, keep navel gazing to a minimum. Use it only to reveal character or some facet of a character or situation. Even then, keep it short and sweet.

And keep your story moving forward.

* * *

There you go, Gang. My tips for writing serial fiction.

One thing I didn't cover in the original article was the platform for the serial story. It's up to you whether you use Blogger, Wordpress, Drupal, or hand-code the site in HTML/CSS. I won't get into the technical stuff of any of those platforms.

Totally your choice.

But the basic tips I outlined above still stand.

Any questions? Post a comment and let me know.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Today's Tour Stops: Keiko Online and The Far Side of Nowhere

We've got two stops today on the Book Blog Tour!

First up, we're at D.L. Owen's blog, Keiko Online, where I partake in more questionings and answerings.

And then we're on to Kerri Townsend's blog, The Far Side of Nowhere, where I talk about writing in a dead genre.

Big thank yous to D.L. and Kerri for hosting us today!

Head on over to each blog to check out the interview and the guest post!

And do stay tuned and watching the blog. There are three more stops just around the corner.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Today's Tour Stop: Tiffany Allee's Blog

Today's stop on  the Book Blog Tour is Tiffany Allee's blog where we are talking about webfiction serials.

A big thank you to Tiffany for hosting us today!

Head on over there to check out my guest post.

And be sure to check out Tiffany's urban fantasy/paranormal romance books. She's got some good stuff out there.

Friday, August 29, 2014

When Writers Spread Lies

I recently came across this blog post, "Pistol Packin' Mommas," and my first reaction was: "Awesome! This should be fun and probably informative!"

Because "informative" is what I think of when I see the words "pistol packin' mommas."

After all, I write stories about "pistol packin' mommas."

And then I read the post.

And I got annoyed.

The actual intention of the post, I think, can be found in these lines:
Bottom line, guns make me nervous....

Nevertheless, despite my jitters, I plan to learn to handle guns for the sake of my mystery series....

For Lottie Albright's sake (protagonist in my series) I'll learn to shoot. But as Charlotte Hinger, I doubt that I'll ever learn to like it.
That's all well and good. It's not for me to force anyone to like guns. If they like it, great. If they want one, great.

If they don't like them and don't want one, great.

And if that person is a writer who wants to learn how to shoot and handle guns for their WIP but they personally don't care for guns, that's their business.

But here's the thing: Hinger's post perpetuates a number of lies and misconceptions about guns and those that have/use them. And those lies and misconceptions tend to be accepted by most as "truth."

It's one thing to not care for guns but to do the research anyway in order to add realism to gun use in a story and then write a post about it.

It's an entirely different thing to write a post about it and at the same time continue to spout lies and misconceptions surrounding gun use/ownership.

From the post:
Colorado has a liberal conceal and carry policy. It's easy to get a hand gun permit.
If by "easy" Hinger means "anyone off the street who applies for a permit can get one," that's not true.

But that's one of those things that gets passed around and accepted as "truth" as I mention above.

In Colorado, to get a concealed carry permit you have to apply to the sheriff of the county you live in and pass these requirements (according to CRS 18-12-203):
1. Colorado resident
2. Age 21 or older
3. Not precluded by state or federal law from owning or possessing a firearm (e.g. felony conviction, mentally incompetent)
4. Does not chronically or habitually abuse alcohol
5. Is not an unlawful user of or addicted to controlled substances
6. Is not the subject of a civil or criminal restraining order
7. Complete background check, including fingerprint verification by FBI/CBI
8. Demonstrates competence with a handgun by one of the following means:
a. evidence of experience with a firearm through participation in organized shooting competitions or current military service
b. certified firearms instructor
c. honorable discharge from the Armed Forces within past three yearss
d. proof of pistol qualification in Armed Forces within past ten years, if discharged
e. retired law enforcement with pistol qualification within past ten years
f. proof of completion of a handgun training class within the past ten years
The fee for the license is $105.00 and you will be fingerprinted and undergo a felony background check (which means if you fail to pass Requirements #3, #6, and/or #7 above, you won't get a permit).

"Easy to get a permit," right?

Another from the post:
But here's the thing. Recently a man shot a car load of teenagers because he didn't like their loud music. In another incident a father was killed in a theatre for texting his kid. The idea that a person has license to shoot someone because he finds the other individual annoying is ludicrous.
Actually, the ludicrous part is this:
The idea that a person has license to shoot someone because he finds the other individual annoying
A person does not have a license to shoot someone he finds annoying. According to Colorado law, that's second degree murder:
(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (a) of this subsection (3), murder in the second degree is a class 3 felony where the act causing the death was performed upon a sudden heat of passion, caused by a serious and highly provoking act of the intended victim, affecting the defendant sufficiently to excite an irresistible passion in a reasonable person (C.R.S. 18-3-103(3)(b))
Furthermore, having a concealed carry license is not a license to shoot anyone. The license allows the licensee to carry a handgun concealed on their person for the purpose of self-defense.

If you do decide to shoot someone, they better be coming at you with with the intent of hurting you badly. Otherwise, you have no cause to shoot them. (More on this later in the post.)

Let's look at one more from the post:
I'm very ambivalent about guns. I have a small collection of shotguns and rifles owned by my late husband. I don't have any handguns, but I believe I have the right, indeed the obligation, to defend myself if someone breaks into my home or intends to do me bodily harm. Still...I simply can't bring myself to buy a hand gun or get a license or whatever is required for a conceal and carry permit.
Ambivalence with a gun will get you killed. Especially if you're trying to defend yourself from a home invasion.

Yes, you can believe you
have the right, indeed the obligation, to defend myself if someone breaks into my home or intends to do me bodily harm.
But the mere fact you are ambivalent about guns speaks to a mindset toward the use of guns.

And if you have a mindset that causes you to second guess or hesitate at that critical moment, you will be another statistic.

Belief is one thing.

Constant practice and cultivation of the proper personal defense mindset is critical and key.

If you have decided to purchase a gun for personal defense, to protect you and your family from assault and/or home invasion, then I believe it is vital you put in the time and practice; you must learn about your particular firearm and how it works, you must learn the proper mental and legal response to a violent situation (i.e., when to shoot vs. when not to shoot, what to say when you call law enforcement, etc.), you must go to the range and practice proper firearm handling techniques (and if you can't get to the range, there's dry-fire practice), you must practice hitting the target in the proper place every single time, you must practice shooting from various positions, you must practice drawing from concealment, you must practice your response to that "bump in the night," etc.

First and foremost, you have to come to terms with the stark fact that, if it comes to it, you will be shooting, likely injuring, possibly killing another human being.

If that's not your thing, don't buy a gun for personal defense.

Period.


* * *

Am I making a big thing about this?

Yes, I am.

Why am I making a big thing about this?

Because I'm gun people and these are the kinds of things we gun people have to deal with from non-gun people.

Ignorance of gun information and issues? I don't have a problem with that. I will eagerly provide you with information I have and show you where to get more information about.

But information based on what the Media, Hollywood, TV, politicians, and gun control groups tell you? That kind of thing leads to the lies and misconceptions I just pointed out. That kind of thing leads the majority of non-gun people to believe we gun people are all ignorant, ultra-conservative, Bible-thumping, racist, knuckle-dragging rednecks/old white people.

Sorry. I am Asian with light-brown skin, college-educated, do not belong to an organized religion, value civil liberties, favor small government, and my knuckles drag only when I'm on all fours.

So, yes, I'm making a big thing about this.

My point: learn about the proper mechanics of guns and gun use if your story warrants it and post about what you've learned to aid other writers.

But don't go spreading lies and misinformation.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Friday, August 22, 2014

In Which Our Protagonist Ponders A Bit

 Last Saturday's little rant and Wednesday afternoon's post got me thinking about revisiting a topic I thought I had closed the door on.

I won't say any more at the moment 'cuz I want to do a little more pondering.

And planning.

Pondering and planning.

Stay tuned.


(photo: silegl69 (Mario Sanchez)/stock.xchng)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Comfort Books and the Joy of Re-Reading

Every year (or every two years, depending on what Life is doing to me), without fail, I re-read one particular book.

Actually, it's one particular series.

The Belgariad by David Eddings.

In fact, I'm re-reading the series now.

I believe I have re-read it at least two dozen times.

I first picked up The Belgariad back in the mists of antiquity. Summer 1987, if memory serves.

We were on vacation down in the L.A. area for about a week visiting relatives. My aunt and uncle had taken us out to lunch someplace and then spirited us to the Glendale Galleria. The first thing I did, as I always did when visiting any mall, was head directly to the bookstore.

To Waldenbooks.


At that time, Waldenbooks was one of two popular bookstore chains (the other being B. Dalton). I always liked Waldenbooks. Our local mall had both stores but Waldenbooks was always more inviting than B. Dalton. I think it might've been the decor. B. Dalton (the one in our mall) always seemed spartan compared with Waldenbooks which, to me, was bursting with books.

Not only that, but Waldenbooks had the Otherworlds Club, which catered to sci-fi/fantasy readers like me and offered discounts on selected titles. And a really cool paper newsletter that came out, IIRC, once a month.

So there I was, on an upper floor of the Galleria, making my way past the mall shoppers, and diving directly into Waldenbooks and the sci-fi/fantasy section.

Some months earlier, a high school classmate and fellow sci-fi/fantasy fan named George asked if I'd ever read a book called Pawn of Prophecy. When I told him I hadn't, he immediately grabbed me by the shoulders and said, "You have got to read this!" and proceeded to gush about the book and the series it belonged to, The Belgariad.

By this point in my fantasy reading adventures I had read Papa Tolkien's magnum opus, Lloyd Alexander's novels about Prydain, The Sword of Shannara, and the Narnia books. Plus I was an ardent D&D gamer.

So I liked fantasy fiction and all that went along with it. I figured I'd give the book a try.

So I picked up the first novel, Pawn of Prophecy, and later that night after dinner and conversation with the relatives, settled into the bed in my aunt and uncle's spare room. I figured I'd read a little bit before bed and then get a good night's rest. Tomorrow was Universal Studios and I was jazzed about that.

When I next looked at the clock, thinking "Hey, it's probably late, I should go to bed," it was 1:30am, four and a half hours later, and I was three-quarters of the way through the book.

I finished the book the following evening.

Before we went home from vacation, I asked to go to the Galleria a second time and bought the second book of the series, Queen of Sorcery, to read on the drive back.

I finished the second book two days later.

Bought the other three books of The Belgariad and finished those within the space of a month and a few days.

Beginning my second year in college I started to re-read the series, going through all five books usually in about two months, and kept up the practice at least once a year. I vaguely recall a few instances that I read the series twice in one year, with a four to five month gap between readings.

Why re-read it?

It's my comfort book.

I've heard people complain the writing is pedestrian, the story trite and overdone, and the characters flat and stereotypical.

But I find Eddings to be a captivating storyteller. The moment I begin Chapter One of Pawn of Prophecy and read the words "The first thing the boy Garion remembered was the kitchen at Faldor's farm" I am immediately sucked into the pages of my well-worn, slightly yellowed copy and swept away into Garion's world, lost inside a realm of intrigue, magic, and high adventure.

Even after all these re-readings there are still passages that make me smile, snicker, shudder, and/or cheer heartily. Yes, I know how the story turns out. Yes, I know what's coming next in the narrative. Yes, I know the characters will go here or go there and this event will take place.

But I still find myself getting caught up in the tale and "forgetting" what comes next.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to get back to reading.

Your turn: What's your favorite book to re-read?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Black Library Listened!!

Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit!

Just saw this in my email today:
How about that?

It's about time, Black Library!

No doubt they heard my bitching and moaning about their "audio dramas" not really being "audio dramas."*

I notice they've called this a "Black Library radio play" and describe it on the download page** as follows:
What sets this apart from our audiobooks and audio dramas is that there is no narration at all; the whole story is told through a cast of voice actors and complimented by atmospheric sound effects for an incredibly immersive audio experience.
I am now intrigued.

I'll have to check it out and see how it measures up...


*...I like to think they were listening....
**The episode is available for free to their newsletter subscribers.

Women With Weapons Wednesday: "Red Sonja"

Red Sonja (art by Frank Cho)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

When Women Wield Weapons...!

Those beweaponed females are back.

Since I've been somewhat lax in updating the blog, I decided to revive Women With Weapons Wednesdays as a start to (hopefully) more regular (or at least semi-regular) posting.

As you may know, I tend to write about ass-kicking women who wield a wide variety of lethal implements. Things that go bang. Things that stab. Things that go boom.

Back in July of last year, I started showcasing such women here.

I stopped when I had a meltdown, did one more post in the series, then stopped.

So now we resume.

Starting tomorrow.

Monday, August 18, 2014

WHAT THE HELL HAVE YOU DONE WITH THE PLACE?

As you may have noticed, I've been doing some tweakage* of the blog and the website in an attempt to make sure my "author brand" is consistent.

See that?

"Author brand."

I'm getting all serious and stuff.

Really, though, it's just my way of getting back into gear after the recent Life Change.

Back to the grindstone, as they say.

Please bear with me as I fiddle with settings and layout and such.


*Yes, "tweakage" is so a word...

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Dammit, Black Library! Stop Your Lying!

Black Library does good stuff.

In particular, I like their Gotrek and Felix novels. Initially written by William King. Later, by Nathan Long and others. Joyously fun fantasy adventure fare.

I am a subscriber to their email newsletters and the most recent one is why I'm telling them to cut it out with the lying.

Here's the bit that chapped my hide.
Iceclaw is identified as "A Space Wolves audio drama."

Now if you actually click the link to listen to the extract what you get is not an audio drama.

No.

No no no no.

This is an audiobook. An audiobook that happens to include music and sound effects.

It is not, in any way, shape, or form, an audio drama.

It reminds of the time a while ago when, while browsing their online store, I found Slayer of the Storm God, a Gotrek and Felix adventure. I was thrilled to find more tales featuring my favorite Slayer and his rememberer.

And an audio drama no less!

Hot diggity damn...!

And then I heard the excerpt.

Yep.

Same as the above.

Audiobook with music and sound effects.

A pox on you, Black Library!

This is false advertising!

You say "audio drama" right there on the product detail page. Right next to the title.

But it is not an audio drama.

It is an audiobook.

Don't call it an "audio drama."

Not unless you're going to give me something like the Doctor Who audio dramas by Big Finish. Or the various dramatizations written/produced/directed by Dirk Maggs.

Just...don't.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July!

"Here's to America's colors, the colors that never run.  May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather."

Have a safe and happy 4th of July, Folks.


(photo: The Expired Meter)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

No. Not Dead.

Really. I'm not.

Between the last blog entry and this one, LadyAce and I packed up our household and moved 800 miles from the San Francisco East Bay to the Greater Seattle-Tacoma area.

So for the last several weeks, things have been rather busy. Packing up. Driving up to Washington State. (Yes, we drove.) Moving in. Unpacking.

The Ladies did return on May 19th. Thanks to the miracle of scheduled blog posts, I was able to break up the last three episodes of Season Two into installments, load them into the blog machine, and let them go live on their scheduled dates.

Automagically.

Ain't technology grand?

Things are only just starting to wind down a tad. There's still the work of finding myself a day job, though. LadyAce managed to score one before we moved up so she was all set once were got into town.

Now it's my turn.

Hopefully while I'm in the middle of the job hunt I'll also be getting back to some sort of semi-irregular posting schedule here on the blog.

Not to mention getting some writing done.

And then there's the Season Two "boxed set" to take care of.

Lots of things ahead.

I'll keep all-y'all posted.

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.
Ahem.

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)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Nuked Platform

As I mentioned before, nothing's pre-planned around here.

No writing advice to dispense or SF/F industry news reports. Other folks do a far better job at that.

I'll announce stuff here when there's announce-y stuff to be had.

Otherwise, just random musings on random things..

Just so y'all know.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Escapist Fiction

It's what I write.

Escapist fiction. Brain candy. A literary popcorn movie.

I have no intention of exploring life's great unanswered questions or commenting on politics or social justice.

No.

I'm here to write feel-good action movies on paper with running gun battles, big explosions, buddy comedy patter, chills, thrills, and spills.

I'm here to entertain you.

That's it.

Just so we're clear.

If you're looking for something more, I'm afraid you've come to the wrong place.

In Which Our Protagonist Had A Meltdown

Two weeks into 2014, after several months of wrestling with personal issues, an event occurred which triggered a personal meltdown. I won't get into all the sordid details but we'll just say I lost my shit.

As a result, I decided to give up on writing fiction.

I'd had it.

I'd had enough.

And I saw myself going down a dark path toward pain and total self-destruction.

Nope.

Not gonna have any of that.

So I closed the door and walked away.

Shut down the website. The blog. The Goodreads. The Twitter.

The whole shebang.

I was done.

Finished.

Kaput.

...or so I thought.

Four weeks and four days after bowing out, I woke up to that Inner Voice saying--yelling, actually--"YOU STUPID FRAKING IDIOT!!! WHAT THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU'RE DOING?!? NUKE IT FROM ORBIT, GET YOU HEAD OUT OF YOUR ASS, AND GET BACK TO WORK!!!"

And it was right.

I was being an idiot.

That vision of me going down a dark path of pain and self-destruction?

Your standard bout of writerly insecurity.

Only this time it was a very intense bout.

But given the stress I've been under for most of the past year-and-a-half, it made sense.

Just the other day, on a random jaunt through the Internets, I came across this post by John Scalzi that turned out to be exactly what I needed to read.

For my online friends and fellow writer peeps who've been wondering what happened to me recently, now you know.

So.

I'm back.

And ready to kick some writing ass.

Let's do this.



Saturday, February 15, 2014

Monday, January 13, 2014

To My Online Friends...

...and fellow writing pals.

Thank you all for your friendship and support. You guys have been awesome.

I now bow out.

Thank you and goodnight.

--Ace/Abner