New writing contests featured at Black Heart

For those looking for writing contests, there's a doozy of a revenge fiction contest up now at Spinetingler. I've decided to add a new section to Black Heart entitled "Writing Contest of the Week" to gather up some of my faves, and they're the first victims of my enthusiasm, so g'wan and check it out already. And, if you're so inclined, remember there's a Dzanc Books Creative Writing Sessions Continue Reading...

An open letter to so-called SEO experts

Dear so-called "SEO Experts," As you may have noticed (since I'm sure you have carefully read through my website before attempting to contact me, rather than heading straight for the "Contact" page), I am a highly competent writer with many years of experience writing specifically for the web. While I appreciate your concern that my "SEO" might need help, and have received your ultra-spammy Continue Reading...

Tracking manuscripts just got easier: Manuscript Tracker by Mike Blaguszewski

I haven't had much time to myself, let alone time to think about sending out stories for publication, so this weekend I've been rounding up my markets and guidelines and blitzing all the places within a 1,000-mile radius from my house that accept short fiction. Maybe further. So far I've sent out at least six different pieces to seven different markets (whose identities shall remain a Continue Reading...

Boosting your creativity with free apps: OmmWriter

Back in the glorious days of an Austin winter (glorious mainly because of the dead landscape, whose lack of pollen didn't inherently tip off my allergies and require heavy OTC medication), I mentioned a free app that had inspired a few of my winter haiku. The freebie in question? OmmWriter, a Zen-like writing application that will help get a writer's creative juices flowing and the words flying Continue Reading...

Naked Montréal now available for pre-sale

I haven't posted a blog update in a while, mostly as I've been mulling over the information I learned last weekend in an informal class given by Bobbie Christensen at the University of Texas, entitled "How to Write Your 1st Book (Or 7th)." Basically, Ms. Christensen offered us a 10-step process for writing any type of book in just 6 weeks (or 20 weekends, if you have to work full-time, like most Continue Reading...