And the asshat for today is. . .

| January 31, 2008

Paul McGuinness, manager of U2. Ok, we get it, music piracy = bad. But, do we think that either a) Making ISPs responsible for policing net traffic for copyrighted data or b) Taxing ISPs to compensate artists (read: compensate the monolith corporations that profit from said artists) are in fact good ideas? Quoth asshat: If […]

Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam. . .

| January 30, 2008

Many moons ago I posted about a spam query letter I got. (Not to be confused with the spam book promotion I received recently.) Just to reprise, the query was about “A Best Seller waiting to be published – Discover the Revolutionary New Way to Heal Yourself!…” Needless to say, the first mistake was confusing […]

Plot vs Character: aka The Emotional Zombie

| January 29, 2008

I finally got around to seeing 28 Weeks Later on DVD, and it’s a great zombie flick and one of those rarities; a sequel that is a considerable improvement on the original. Not that 28 Days Later was a bad film, it was just sort of typical for the genre; “You’re in the midst of […]

In case you weren’t sure what plagiarism isn’t.

| January 28, 2008

The whole Cassie Edwards flap continues to ripple outward, leaving blog posts and long comment threads in its wake. One of the things it has unearthed is a widespread misunderstanding of what plagiarism actually is, leading to some rather eloquent posts on the subtle difference between copyright infringement and plagiarism. But there is another widespread […]

And he gets +4 vs. Furries

| January 26, 2008

I saw a post on Lynn Viehl’s blog and I just had to follow suit and use the online Trading Card Maker for one of my most popular characters. . . (Pic is from the Japanese Ed.)

It made sense before the LSD wore off. . .

| January 25, 2008

Ok, maybe I can buy the cobra. . . But what the hell is up with the Santa hat?

When a would-be writer is in denial

| January 23, 2008

One of the most important elements in being a pro writer (or artist of any stripe) is the ability to accept criticism. Not only will you receive it from editors and, if you get published, fans and reviewers, but if you wish to improve your craft you need to accept that others will read your […]

At least this way, there’s only one payment

| January 22, 2008

Part of an ongoing series on stupid internet ad copy: All I got to say is that’s one hell of a monthly payment.

Laughing with you/Laughing at you

| January 20, 2008

Well, I have again returned from the CWRU Film Society’s SF Movie Marathon, which makes this about #20 for me. (I’ve been there enough times I’ve seen Zardoz twice there.) As last time, I’ve been left thinking about SF movies— in this case “SF/horror” movies since there was a zombie/undead theme going on. In particular, […]

We have a novel

| January 18, 2008

Or a third of a trilogy. Final verbiage until editorial revisions kick in: 95,859. Since rewrites for me always go long, Prophets will probably be 100K words when it hits the shelves. I’ve retired the counter, and adjusted the word count for the trilogy as a whole so that Prophets is actually 1/3 of the […]