Monday, August 30, 2010


Part 11 of "With Cat-like Tread" is now live on the site.


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.

Progress Notes - Episode #110

Revisions are done and episode #110 clocks in at 9,444 words.

You know what that means, right?

We begin submissions.

What what what what?

I'll tell you more in a bit.

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


Part 10 of "With Cat-like Tread" is now live on the site.


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."

Friday, August 13, 2010

Quick Bits

Yes, it's been more than a week since my last post.

Yes, I've been busy with stuff. And Real Life.

Yes, Real Life really exists.

So here are a couple of quick bits:
  • Part 8 of "With Cat-like Tread" is up on the site. If you haven't checked yet, go now.

  • Episode #10 finished Round 3 of edits and revisions (aka Sacrifice to the Red Pen of Editing Death). Hoping to have final polish by next weekend. And then queue up that puppy for release.

  • Yes, I'm still going through with querying agents for the serial. But first, I've found a small press publisher who takes web fiction so I'm going to sub there and see what happens.
That's it for the moment. Hang tight--I'll be back soon.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Progress Notes - Episode #110

Tales of Episode #110
Initial draft of #110 is done and clocks in at 6,517 words.

Time now to offer it up unto the altar of the Red Pen of Editing Death.


Part 7 of "With Cat-like Tread" is now live at the site.

Happy reading!