Month of Books

For the last month of winter, I am finally going to tackle the latest incarnation of my "to read" shelf. Two fiction book reads and reviews per week, documented on this blog. Plus one bonus non-fiction book by Abbie Hoffman, which I certainly did not steal. I just have no recollection of how it got on my bookshelf. So out-of-character, on several levels... But I've always been partial to beatniks and hippies...

Query Crickets

After two months, two weeks, and two days of waiting for a reply to my first query for MEATFUL THINGS, I sent my second query on the 22nd (yesterday). Note: I didn't plan on focusing on twos. Too many non-two things to focus on. Furthermore, compare the alleged timeline-ish gobbledly-gook of the first agent: "...currently reviewing queries received on January 19, 2017. (If you submitted your query after this date, you’re still in the queue..." to the clearly stated timeline of the second agent: "Response times: Query letters — up to 6 weeks from receipt." Both agents work under the same agency, BTW. I don't know if I'm breaking any query protocol with my single literary agency focus. I prob

Permission to...

Soon computer programs will write novels which will give even established authors a run for their money. Hopefully, starving story artists will only have to hardscrabble a few years after an artificial intelligence wins the Nobel prize in literature. Then universal basic income will be implemented worldwide. In the meantime, how do writers navigate the minefield of democratized content? And who gets credit for, and grants permission to writers who wish to quote this conversation?

Movie Review of The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra

The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra / written by, directed by, and starring Larry Blamire Synopsis – A rare atmosphereum meteor falls to Earth, a couple of scientists and a couple of space aliens search for it, and a lost skeleton controls minds. Mixed in this goofy jumble is a transmutated Earth-animals-into-a-human alien and an mutant alien pet. SPOILERS The meteor is found, but at what cost to humanity?!? Reaction – This is the campiest of all send-up movies! Stiff acting, stilted dialogue, and choppy editing all wrapped up in an implausible storyline. The kind of (deliberately) bad movie you'll want to watch again and again (if you're into that sort of thing). Lots of great one-liners, and a fe

Link Roundup

Some are obvious, some are obscure. Here are my go-to links for reading and writing: Wikipedia. * Three writers talk about writing, self-publishing, and life. * Thesaurus. * The rabbit hole of nonfiction philosophy and futurism. * Two writers talk about things and stuff. * Read a book for a buck. * Lena's Journal. * Dictionary. * Comprehensive fiction story structure advice. * Church of Gail. * A peek inside the mind of a paranoid schizophrenic. I may add more as I discover more, but all the above are firmly my favorites.

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