Break in Service: What I’m Working on For You Behind the Scenes

Break in Service: What I’m Working on For You Behind the Scenes

Mar 14, 2015

I’m often asked why I bother posting “I won’t be on the internet for awhile” posts on the internet, and it’s because these posts aren’t really for you all, they are to remind ME every time I’m tempted to come back that I told YOU that I had WORK to do. In addition to my usual social media burnout (when I started muting...

The unBREAKable Kimmy Schmidt

The unBREAKable Kimmy Schmidt

Mar 12, 2015

It’s the Netflix original series with the most catchy theme song around, and the most unapologetically feminist comedy series I’ve seen since… I don’t even know when. I would like to tell you that the backlash is officially getting pushback here in 2015, with shows like this sneaking onto the air, but let’s be real about how The Unbreakable Kimmy...

Is Becoming a Pro Writer Worth it?

Is Becoming a Pro Writer Worth it?

Mar 9, 2015

I spend a lot of time talking craft and word count and publishing as a business online, and I do my fair share of exhausted-tweeting, like last night when I sat up until 10:30 signing bookplates for newsletter subscribers. Or on Saturday when I squeezed out my 5,000 words for the week in one go, annoyed that I hadn’t hit my goal of 10,000 because I desperately...

How Book Titles Turn Browsers into Readers

How Book Titles Turn Browsers into Readers

Mar 4, 2015

There’s no “rule” for book titles. Not a single one. They aren’t copyrighted, so you can call your book whatever you want. Call it WAR AND PEACE or WIZARDS OF EARTHSEA or THE CLOUD ATLAS or whatever. You can do what you like. Got that out of your system? Now let’s get to work. Titles are easy for folks to confuse. Ask the guy who wrote this THE CLOUD...

Grist for the Mill: What America’s Next Top Model Can Teach You About Publishing

Grist for the Mill: What America’s Next Top Model Can Teach You About Publishing

Feb 16, 2015

After writing 9,000 words on Saturday and spending Sunday doing, well, everything else I don’t have time for during the week, I sat down Sunday night for some trashy TV. I was out of Pawn Stars and Swamp People and Storage Wars, so I opted for season 6 of America’s Next Top Model, which is just one step up from something like Road Rules or Honey Boo-Boo. One...

It’s Always Been Awful Under the Boot: On the Fatigue of Everyday Horror

It’s Always Been Awful Under the Boot: On the Fatigue of Everyday Horror

Feb 11, 2015

In May of 1921, a group of vigilantes burned down a wealthy community in Tulsa, Oklahoma over the course of about 16 hours. More than 800 people were admitted to local hospitals and police arrested and detained more than 6,000 people. The riots left 10,000 homeless and destroyed 35 city blocks. Up to 300 people died during those 16 hours. But you don’t hear...

All Together Now: Building a More Pragmatic SFF Conversation

All Together Now: Building a More Pragmatic SFF Conversation

Feb 5, 2015

I’ve been thinking a bit about the “generational divide” among feminists in SFF in particular, though I have a post I want to write about Tumblr feminism as well that will go into this more in-depth. There’s the camp that says we’re all overreacting, that things aren’t so bad, and were never bad at all, that they never experienced any harassment or...

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