I have my UPS account set up to alert me when I have packages arriving and was a little surprised to find out that they would be dropping off a package for me today. The only orders that Mrs. Cheffo and I were expecting haven’t shipped yet. We puzzled our puzzlers into a tizzy trying […]

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We’re over $40,000! Wow. Thank you all for spreading the word, pledging, and upgrading, it’s been so exciting to watch us get closer and closer to our goal. Only five days left to get to $52,000. I know we can do it. Here’s one way…

Yesterday saw the launch of the KickStarter campagin for GAMUT, a new literary magazine from Richard Thomas. I backed it as soon as it went live. You should back it too. We are already over the first $1,000 and have been selected as a PROJECT WE LOVE by Kickstarter staff. Great start! https://t.co/pXOlfuaTXu — Richard […]

We’ve all heard the standard “There’s First Person, Third Person Omniscient, but most genre fiction is written in Limited Third Person. Don’t mix them and — whatever you do — don’t write in Second Person.” Allow me to let my freak flag fly: I LOVE (lovelovelovelove) reading (well-written) Second Person. Stuff like BRIGHT LIGHTS BIG CITY or […]

As seen on Twitter, here is a link to writer and editor (think Lightspeed’s WOMEN DESTROY SCIENCE FICTION!) Christie Yant‘s Tools For Writers spreadsheet, free and updated for 2016. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1b9kMUG1hJClQ2Vx3CRyqioEb80rXYnkd6JbvCDs9-Pc … h/t to @christieyant #amwriting

Available today, two free short stories from the mind of  horror writer and editor Sèphera Girón: On Amazon.ca On Amazon.com You’re welcome. #amreading

It’s a new year. You probably made a writing-related resolution that you should be following through on. Instead, you are here, so allow me to introduce you to The Outdoot Co-ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society: We’re a group of friends, and friends of friends, and friends of friends of friends, and complete strangers, who […]

Your typical “Best of” list seem to run at least 10 entries and are put out by people who read widely, and with a critical eye. In 2015 I read more widely, and with a more critical eye. I read stories recommended by others, stories by writers whose work I enjoy and stories featured in […]

We’re past that most wonderful time of the year and have entered the zone where melancholy meets reflection and we resolve to do better.   For me, that means finishing what I start and submitting what I finish. No more classes, no more craft books. At least for now. I have to do more of […]

As we 2015 winds down, we received word that Tor.com is closing their slush pile. They will continue to solicit short fiction submissions, but no more unsolicited stuff for them. Fair enough as they are a very visible, yet exclusive market. It looks like they have not updated their submissions page yet, so if you […]

I should be telling you to write-write-write or read-read-read, but it’s bloody Friday and sometimes you just need to succumb to the desire. Hysterical Literature is a video art series by NYC-based photographer and filmmaker Clayton Cubitt. It explores feminism, mind/body dualism, distraction portraiture, and the contrast between culture and sexuality. (It’s also just really fun to watch.) http://hystericalliterature.com/ […]

Some time ago, after I had finished a zero-draft of novel #1, I realized that there were too many moving parts in a novel that I did not understand and had not kept in mind whilst Nano-ing away. With the next novel, I took some time. Looked at the various components. Am still looking at […]