FULL BLEED: HALF WAY UP, HALF WAY DOWN

Yeah, just pulling this title from "Only Fire" by You Drive. Giving it a listen this afternoon. Heck, you can too. That's the beauty of Bandcamp. https://youdrive.bandcamp.com/album/you-drive Recommended for fans of coldwave and maybe oh, I don't know, the Chromatics. Yep, that's me. Music influencer and thought leader. Kidding. I got called an influencer by a hopeful vendor at WorldCon and I wanted to march straight back to my hotel room and scream into a pillow for ten minutes, as I'd obviously failed in my attempts *not* to become such a thing. But hey, maybe getting paid thousands of dollars to endorse products while trading in anything like integrity is the way of the future. Again, jus

MAPS AND LEGENDS - QUEEN OF NO TOMORROWS (one of six)

Haven't done one of these in a long time, probably because I haven't written anything much longer than a short story over that period. What you see below is, well, you'll see it. You can call it a mood board or influence map or any number of things. It's between aspirational and actual, I'll grant you. Just like any time you ask a writer who their influences are, you're going to get a list of favorite things (which may or may not show up as influences on their work.) This is a combination of a large number of pieces, as you can see (forty of them to be exact.) Now, are these all things that show up directly in QUEEN OF NO TOMORROWS? Sorta. Certainly the vibe of these things was what I was sh

ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK: WHAT DID I TEACH YOU?

Originally posted in June of 2010. My love for this film has only grown since then. Reposting here as folks were talking the film up and I realized the version on my old site has been down for some time. Oh, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, my love for you, it is not a healthy thing. Though the callous among my critics may accuse me of simple nostalgia, and in truth there is nostalgia there, that is not the whole story. That is not the whole of my love for you, o Manhattan island turned over to ruthless convicts and grimy ne’er do wells. The nostalgia trip works on some flicks, but ESCAPE shrugs that right off of its shining black zippers at the collarbone shirt. If anything, ESCAPE is just as visually

FULL BLEED: STAND UNTIL ACHING

Big week last week. Travelled up to the Rose City Comic show, actually worked it this year. Usually I'm up to just get myself out of the house and see people who I ordinarily only see as strings of text scrolling past so fast that you can hear it dopplering into the distance. Of course, I was there to help promote and sell QUEEN OF NO TOMORROWS, which was available in print for the first time there. Once again, let me pause to thank Scott Gable for not only thinking I could deliver a book worth supporting, but putting the needed cleanup work into things. And to Gabriel Hardman for his arresting cover. Spent most of my time at the show over at the Broken Eye Books booth (shared with Matthew Y

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