Check your fucking sources

Dear People of the World, I'm sure you are all very busy and don't have enough time to actually pay attention to the things you re-post and retweet and email-blast in forwards to friends, family and random strangers, but I have a very important memo that I would like to send to each and every one of you. It reads as follows: CHECK YOUR FUCKING SOURCES! I know you are probably already Continue Reading...

A Valentine for you

THIS GIVE-AWAY IS NOW OVER. Whether you choose to embrace it or stew in your own juices, Valentine's Day is a day for lovers in love. And since I love all of YOU, my readers, I'm giving you another shot at a free copy of my book, Rebels of the 512. (Which, incidentally, now has its own website, whee!) Do you love me? If your answer is yes, please accept this Valentine gift by March 1. Head Continue Reading...

Grab a free copy of Rebels of the 512 this weekend

I've recently published my satirical 3-day novel, Rebels of the 512, on both Amazon and Smashwords. To give you an added incentive to grab a copy, this weekend I'm offering a coupon for a FREE copy, only available via Smashwords. Rebels of the 512 is the best novel about pirates, ninjas and evil politicians in Austin, Texas that you'll ever read. If you'd like to take advantage of this Continue Reading...

Rebels of the 512 now available on Amazon!

Good news! My 3-day novel, Rebels of the 512, is now available for purchase via Amazon. For those of you interested in a comedic novel that also happens to be the best book about pirates, ninjas and evil politicians in Austin, Texas you'll ever read, grab your copy here. For those who don't have a Kindle device, never fear: I will be publishing the Smashwords edition (readable on all other Continue Reading...

Contest: Follow me on Twitter, win a quickie

THIS CONTEST IS NOW OVER. As I've announced on Twitter over the past few days, I'm currently at 640 followers. This seems a bit low, given the fact that I write about SEX, something everyone is clearly interested in, given the large number of erotic fiction published on Amazon. I am looking to up my number of followers, so this week my 700th follower will win a FREE copy of one of my erotic Continue Reading...

Dicks are still dirty, even if it’s art

Today I logged into my Smashwords account to check up on my ebook titles and see if they'd all been approved for listing in their premium catalog. When I did so, I found the following notice on my title "The Unbelievably True Story of the World's Worst Sex": Some of our retailers are super-sensitive to nudity. Please consider uploading a new or censored image. This is only the second time any Continue Reading...

No more false gods

I hereby swear off reading online newsletters from people offering writing "advice." "What?!" I can hear you screaming. "Do you think you're better than the rest of us? How dare you!" It's not that newsletters or blogs on the subject of writing have nothing to offer me. There are certain blogs and newsletters that I find helpful and entertaining, and some I even read religiously. But Continue Reading...

Pseudonyms for dummies: Forging a new identity

Hi! My name is Nora Roberts, and I write romance novels. I'm also Julia Roberts' younger, hotter sister. And no, I did not have relations with that hamster. What's that? You thought my name was Laura Roberts? And that I wrote erotica? And that there's no family connection to Julia? Clearly you've been deceived! Actually, this post is all about pseudonyms, which for writers are a socially Continue Reading...

Literary news round-up (via Twitter)

Here are a few interesting things, in a literary vein, that I've read today because of Twitter: Morning people may be more creative in the afternoon; Cormac McCarthy joined Twitter [UPDATE - JAN. 26: Actually, he didn't. But some imposter fooled us for a bit, according to GalleyCat]; The Professional Writers of Austin are trying to locate Austin's equivalent of the Algonquin Round Continue Reading...

Winter 24-Hour Short Story Contest

Whew! I'm done with my entry for WritersWeekly's Winter 24-Hour Short Story Contest. The quarterly contest opened at noon yesterday, closes at noon today, and asked participants to write an 850-word story using the following prompt: Blue ice stretched to the horizon, fading into the blinding rays of another waning winter sun. She shivered violently as the shifting mass groaned under her feet. Continue Reading...