This year is the 20th anniversary of the first season of FRIENDS. Yes-yes, I know, you hate that show, you find it insipid and dumb — and yet you’ve watched several dozen episodes, and felt bad about yourself for laughing along with them. I loved the show. I couldn’t stand David Schwimmer’s role, but hey, five out […]Continue Reading →
Book II of Pierce Brown's RED RISING trilogy
As a novelist, I realize I’m supposed to keep some level of analytical distance in order to critique to structure, form, plot, pacing, character development, etc., but for the RED RISING series, my button-pushing brain simply shuts off about five pages in — much as it does with the GAME OF THRONES series. Like an amoeba surrounding a hapless paramecium, Pierce Brown’s debut series simply engulfs me.
The single best thing I can say about GOLDEN SON and the series is this: I wish I could live in this world. Which is weird, considering …Continue Reading →
PANDEMIC did not win: DAMN YOU, ANNE RICE!
After working on a book for almost two years, having your biz partner go over it, two copy editors go over it, having a dedicated continuity editor go over it, and then reading it out loud for the audiobook, some mistakes still get through. And when the mistake is as butt-hurtin’ as the one below, […]Continue Reading →
Offer expires Oct. 24, 2014 (and is apparently only in the USA)
Hard to beat Book I of the INFECTED Trilogy for just $1.99 fer yer Kindle. That’s some good pricing right there.What? You already have it? Well, sir or ma’am, you can gift it to anyone you know for that same lousy $2. Spread the Stank, suckas.
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Time marches on, yes, but some some plots don't
A short review of the DVD for ROSEMARY’S BABY, the 2014 made-for-TV miniseries remake of the 1968 classic.
If you’ve never seen the original, I highly recommend it. Based on the 1967 novel by Ira Levin, ROSEMARY’S BABY tells the tale of a struggling young couple that move into a hoity-toity Manhattan apartment building. Continue Reading →
Sometimes, shit just blows you away.
I’ve wanted to be a fiction writer since I was in the sixth grade. I’ve been a professional writer for over twenty-five years. I sat down about twenty years ago and set my sights on becoming a full-time novelist, accomplished that goal six years ago. Along the way, there […]Continue Reading →
A quick Friday Fix to say if you are thinking of coming to SiglerFest, you have to book your hotel by end of day this coming Monday, September 8th, to get the group rate on your room!
Our room block is sold out, so you must call the Guest Reservations number at (800) 675-3267 and identify yourself as part of the group SiglerFest.
If you’re not yet thinking about coming to SiglerFest, why not? There are games, readings, bowling, karaoke, beers, Krakens, movies, friends and more. It’s really the best time, and you shouldn’t miss a moment!
More details can be found by clicking here.
[No Body Maim!]
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Volume II of THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH
My latest story is out, “The Sixth Day of Deer Camp.” It is part of THE END IS HERE anthology, Book II of the “Apocalypse Tryptic.”
This story is the sequel to “The Fifth Day of Deer Camp” (see what I did there?) which was in the first volume of this trilogy, THE END IS NIGH. You want Yoopers up against the apocalypse? Brothers and sisters, I provide, eh?
Will it be podcast?
No, because the anthology isn’t “mine.” John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey put this series together.
Will there be an audiobook?
Yes, but I don’t know when it will be out. I recorded the audio for my story, so you can continue to revel in my Yooper accents.
Speed painting from artist Len Peralta
If you’ve never seen “speed painting” videos before, they are a hallmark of the new era of digital art and social media. Here’s one from the “Geek-A-Week” feature where artist Len Peralta made me King Joffrey Baratheon (the best character ever in GAME OF THRONES. Three minutes to see how a piece of art comes […]Continue Reading →
Waitaminute ... Scarlet Johansson gets nekkid?
So, you’ve got Scarlett Johansson driving a van around the streets of Glasgow, picking up single young men and taking them back to her place for a bit of the ol’ hanky panky. How could that possibly be a bad thing? Introduce a vat of random black goo, that’s how. Duh. It’s like Screenwriting 101, really.
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Oh no! He speaks against the party line!
I catch a lot of crap because I am a fan of Bud Light. All you hoity-toity beer snobs lecture me nonstop on drinking “water” or “shit beer,” etc.
On every book tour, it’s the same damn thing: “Why don’t you let me buy you a real beer?” Or, “What, are you still in college?” Follow […]Continue Reading →
(a.k.a., "Damn, it feels good to be a gangster")
Boom! I say, I say, boom!
This is one of the best feelings in the biz, people — sending off a completed manuscript to an editor. We’re ballparking Summer 2015 for this release, but I can’t say for sure until the editor at Del Rey does his thing.
This is effectively the final draft, as he […]Continue Reading →