FULL BLEED: FRIDAY NIGHT

Wrote a bunch of outline pages today but the only honest ones among them were where friends took a character to dinner because they could see she was low down. And this is in something that's supposedly a crime/cosmic horror outing. I'm okay with this.

FULL BLEED: FEAR IS A MAN'S BEST FRIEND (2)

Since I'm at this stage on the second book, here's the intermediate step between the short (2 page) synopsis and the longer "outline" draft. As always, major spoilers for QUEEN OF NO TOMORROWS follows. I'm presenting this as it was written, typos and everything laid bare. There's maybe even a few things that I never picked up on and whoops. Hmm. Part 1 isn't here. I wonder where it went. -- SPOILERS FOLLOW Arguing about placement of the body discovery scene, keep it as close to beginning as possible. PROS Keeps things moving Brings in cops earlier (depends if I want to emphasize or make it scarier by saying that they can't help.) CONS Makes the meeting with Ariella awkward, if not even impos

FULL BLEED: THIS IS THE MOON WITHOUT THE TIDE

Forgot to sneak this in with the last post. What I most miss about life before the Howling Pit (aka Web 2.0) is non-monetized hobbies, or even being free from the desire to monetize hobbies. Now, there's limits to this, like the semi-pro press magazine world (I'm thinking FAMOUS MONSTERS as the template for this, but into STARLOG and FANGORIA and all those.) Those are snapshots of a time, just as the fanzines (of which I've limited exposure, but some of the HPL orbit, in concept, if not always in execution.) But now you gotta have a podcast. You gotta have a following. You gotta be a personality and you're god damned right your love of a thing has to be the primary product. And folks, those

FULL BLEED: NOT THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN

One. I haven’t deleted Twitter, but I’m back to being off it, only to monitor DMs for folks with whom that’s my primary source of contact. I’ll post to it when I have a new update here or something valuable to say or a new product to sell because the Howling Pit hungers, dig? Two. I’m off Facebook. Don’t ask me to come back. I’d still use Instagram, but the app that let me post stuff from my desktop to Insta just puked up its guts and died and I’m in no hurry to replace it. It was nice to get likes from folks there, don’t get me wrong. But it was all hollow and it didn’t do anything to drive traffic. And sure, I like the likes, but it’s still just a Facebook company and fuck them. Their mask

FULL BLEED: FEAR IS A MAN'S BEST FRIEND

I really was better off in this business when I didn't think about things and instead just figured I could write. It's weird to bodily, wholly understand that, on a level best described as physical, if not anxiety-inducing. So, yeah, I'm Having a Time working on this second book. Even though it's not my second book, closer to what the tenth that I've started (have several ones I gave a college try on before giving up on them, years ago.) Shocked that it doesn't get any easier. But I suppose I'm just a weirdo. I've known that for a long, long time. But fear? Yeah, that's new. Suppose it comes from what, six years of being in a near-perpetual state of alert. I'm not just talking about living t

FULL BLEED: THE QUALITY THAT GOES IN BEFORE THE NAME GOES ON

So, remember last week when I pointed out that my current book needed a new title because THE DROWNING CITY was taken (albeit indirectly). And then that got me thinking about the working title for the entire series that I was working on, a series that started with QUEEN OF NO TOMORROWS. Right now, that name is ABYSSAL. The code name for all six plus novels. Really it's a name that's supposed to encompass the setting more than just the characters, though I do have a stable central cast set up. In short, I'm conceiving of it as I'd conceive of a comic book series: a central setting and cast with an umbrella title to cover the whole works. Now, I'm oldschool. I'm conceiving of a series without

FULL BLEED: TAKE OUR HANDS OUTTA CONTROL

So I guess that my trip to the World Fantasy Convention this year was kinda my debut at the establishment. I moderated a panel right out of the gate, spoke on two others. I’m one of the experts now. Got a book with my name on it and I didn’t have to publish it myself, even got paid pretty well. Thanks, Broken Eye Books! So why didn’t I feel like it? Sure. WFC is pretty crazy high-powered in terms of attendees. Robert Silverberg and Alan Dean Foster and Joe Haldeman for crying out loud, and that’s just names from my youth. But then every show has its own personality, and the bigger the show, the more steeped in lore and tradition it is, the harder it is for someone to find a way in. For all t

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