3-Day Novel Contest vanquished!

As I just posted on my 3-Day Novel Contest blog, Pirates Vs. Ninjas: My 3-Day Novel Contest entry, an 81-page novel entitled Rebels of the 512, is done! And now for a final recap on the #3DNC event itself. In the final hours of the contest, between 10 PM and midnight, I sat re-reading the novel I had produced in just 72 hours, making minor changes here and there, correcting typos and Continue Reading...

Pirates vs Ninjas: Character names

During my Kickstarter campaign to raise money for my participation in this year's 3-Day Novel Contest, I offered $25 backers the perk of being able to name a character in my novel. This resulted in 3 donors offering the following names: Miss Ermintrude van der Shandy Gray Strachan [TK] I've also fielded a request for some same-sex love scenes, so hopefully I can fulfill that request as Continue Reading...

Kickstarting success!

UPDATE, SEPTEMBER 1, 2011: I actually ended up raising a total of $130, thanks to a few last-minute backers. Sweet! It worked! After hustling friends, family and total strangers for a little over a week, I am proud to say I've reached my modest $120 goal with my Kickstarter fund, and will be officially participating in this year's 3-Day Novel Contest. [caption id="attachment_4093" Continue Reading...

Kickstart my pirates and ninjas novel!

I've decided to take part in this year's annual 3-Day Novel Contest, but I need your help. It costs $55 to enter, and I plan to WIN, so I've started a Kickstarter campaign to get the necessary funds together and do this right. Want to help? You can donate as little as $1 or as much as $100. There are great Kickstarter rewards for those that pledge $5, $25 or $100 to the fund, so check it out Continue Reading...

Texas: “Surprisingly barren writer state”

According to a recent post on the Publishers Weekly blog, rating each of the United States based on their literary heavyweights, Texas had its proverbial ten-gallon hat handed to it. Here's the quote: "Along with Pennsylvania, Texas is the most surprisingly barren writer state. Who knew?" Pointing to Texas' sole kick-ass writer (Katherine Anne Porter), the post's author (Gabe Habash), gives us Continue Reading...

Black Heart’s NOIR anthology now online

Great news for lovers of crime fiction: Black Heart's NOIR anthology is now online for your downloading pleasure! The first of our new digital issues, The NOIR Anthology features the works of old-schoolers and newcomers to the noir/crime-fiction genre. Packed with 64 pages of short, dark fiction and even shorter (and darker?!) poetry, plus some truly terrific artwork (such as our kick-ass Continue Reading...

Haiku for Haters now available in Kindle format

It's the moment you've all been waiting for: HAIKU FOR HATERS has gone digital. That's right, my 24 painless pages are now available at Amazon.com in Kindle format! And at a mere $2.99 a pop, it won't break your bank account. Unfortunately the sample pages don't actually sample any of the poems (this is not my fault, BTW, as Amazon picks the length of the sample they include, and they Continue Reading...

Wanna buy a vowel? Check out my Etsy store

If you're in the market for some hot vowels — or even a few choice consonants — you'll want to check out my latest offerings via Etsy. The first of these are my "Haiku for Haters" mini-books, which I'm selling for a mere $1 (plus taxes and shipping). Containing 24 pages of original haiku for the haters of the world, these cheeky poems take on the staid world of ancient 5-7-5 Japan. Well Continue Reading...

Book reviews in 140 characters

Inspired by Twitter's brevity, I've decided to post some 140-character reviews of the books I've been reading lately. I feel like a bad writer when I don't review books I've read, especially since I tend to move onto the next book fairly quickly (reading on the bus will do that to you). So, here's mud in your eye: THE SUMMER WITHOUT MEN by Siri Hustvedt: Spurned wife leads budding poetesses Continue Reading...

Hot dames and tricky dicks: Black Heart’s NOIR issue underway

Jimmy Callaway and I have been at it all day: sifting through the voluminous stack of black, white, red and blue submissions to our upcoming NOIR issue of Black Heart. [caption id="attachment_3754" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption=""I <3 Noir" image from t-shirts by Wendy Barsotti ($9.95 at Neatoshop)"][/caption] That's right, punks. We've been subjecting ourselves to an Continue Reading...