Author Archives: CheffoJeffo

Cheffo’s Favourites of 2015

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 […]

Resolution Time

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 […]

New LitMags to Watch

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 […]

#ShouldBeWriting: Hysterical Literature (NSFW)

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/ […]

Need a StoryFix … at a discount?

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 […]

#ShouldBeWriting: Stephen King WordSearch

I missed this when it came out, but our dear friend Susie over at Insatiable Booksluts posted a Stephen Kind wordsearch puzzle that is a perfect distraction from #amwriting. http://insatiablebooksluts.com/2015/10/23/activity-page-stephen-king-word-search/ You’re welcome! #ShouldBeWriting Follow the Insatiable Booksluts on Twitter: @thebooksluts

That awful NanoWriMo hangover

A novel written in a sprint leads to a decathlon of rewrites and editing. Over on LitReactor, Brandon Tietz talks about your next 8 steps. https://litreactor.com/columns/nanowrimo-hangover-8-steps-to-recovery Or — if you didn’t finish — Leah Dearborn has some suggestions about what to do with that unfinished manuscript. https://litreactor.com/columns/5-uses-for-your-unfinished-nanowrimo-manuscript

Upping My Numbers

Welp. 2015 was underwhelming in terms of story production and acceptances. Don’t get me wrong: I am grateful to have a story featured in QUICK SHIVERS ABOUT BUGS. Their anthologies have featured stories by writers I admire and crafting a 100 word story around somebody else’s nightmare was real work and taught me a lot. But I didn’t […]

Enough #Adulting, time for some #Arcading

Working a bit on repairing an old friend: my little Rygar machine.  The cheap, undocumented monitor of unknown origin gave out, so I am replacing it with a nice shiny monitor that I salvaged from an exercise bike (never know where you are going to find things). After I got things apart, I had to take […]

Happy Halloween – My Haunting Soundtrack

Here at Casa Cheffo, we pride ourselves on the horrible haunting experience that we provide during this most wonderful time of the year. Way, way back, I used to generate soundtracks and effects on-the-fly like a macabre DJ. I wrote and released a piece of software that allowed you to send music and sound effects […]

Sometimes you just have to burn it all down

After NANO-ing my first book, I started working on a second. Cool concept leaning into a good premise and some good structural tentpoles for the first quarter. Got some supportive feedback from a pro. Then I took some time to work on my short game. I took a couple of classes and wrote some stories before […]

Review: The Fury of Blacky Jaguar by Angel Luis Colón (5/5)

Great New Voice in Crime Fiction Let me start with a confession: I love the Singles series from One Eye Press. At less than $3 ($4 here in Canada) for Kindlegadget version, they offer a lot of hardboiled bang for very little buck. Thing is, the paperbacks are gorgeous, so I kick in the additional $4 […]