FULL BLEED: CARCOSA (IS HERE), DREAMLAND (IS NOT)

I'm doing this week's entry a little early. Going on vacation and I need to get some stuff out of the way first. Attempting a reset. We'll see if it takes. I did want to get back to a thing I've teased a couple times last week before I forget all about it, though. Wanted to talk about Carcosa and horror and fantasy and the spaces between. Mostly because they're all territory I stuck my toe into with the last piece of short fiction I wrote (and probably under-wrote, but hopefully will have a chance to develop it a bit more fully. If not, fuck it, I'll just write it as I think it should be written and throw it into the Howling Pit.) But yeah, Carcosa. A name/place invoked originally by Bierce,

FULL BLEED: THE GREAT AND DURABLE LIE

Marketing sucks. There. I said it. Daydreaming is great. Research is great. Writing is great. Editing is something that I do but I'm no good at. Posting updates to my blog and to social media is not so great but whatever. But marketing sucks. It's the worst, the most awful job in writing. You wanna know why? Because it has nothing to do with writing. It is wholly removed from the experience, both on the creation and consumption end. See, writing a story (and we'll just stick with that example for convenience's sake) is only half of things. The story itself is nothing more than render instructions for an experience in the mind of the reader, and maybe even in the heart, if we're to invoke tha

FULL BLEED: IT MUST HAVE JUST BEEN A CARDBOARD CUTOUT OF A MAN

Yeah, I didn't do a new content post last week. The Howling Pit went hungry. I'd tell you how many people missed out on something wonderful, but I don't look at my metrics. That's a short path to insanity. I mean, talk about prostrating yourself before the bitch queen Success, right? DH Lawrence was right. But yeah, I'll try to do better. Summers are weird. I dunno, am I supposed to talk up things that I worked on that may never see publication? That digs into the whole Success Advice branding I'm supposed to build up here. Hell, nobody wants to hitch their wagon to anything other than a rising star. That's the joke. And I like nothing more than undermining a dominant paradigm, particularly

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