I decided to volunteer for 3 episode artworks for now, and I’ve completed and submitted by the time of writing this post. These will go up on the Drabblecast site when it’s ready to launch, but I’ve asked for permission to show the artwork I’ve done here. And, for those who might be interested in such things, I will describe how I did each of these pieces of visual art from start to finish.
written by David Steffen Yes, con season is in full swing once again.Â As usual, over Easter weekend, Minicon has come to the Twin Cities.Â Charles Stross was originally scheduled to be the writer guest of honor, but family medical emergencies caused him to bow out (good news:Â according to Stross’s blog, the prognosis is … Continue reading MiniCon 46, Con Report
Hello, everyone! I wanted to bring to your attention that this is the first year that I am eligible for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. My eligibility opened up because of publication of my story “Turning Back the Clock” in Bull Spec #3, so I figured I’d pander a bit for nominations, and while I’m at it, Hugo noms.
I came across a very fun website recently, on the recommendation of Nathaniel Lee (of Mirrorshards fame). The site is called Kongregate and it’s an ever-growing collection of online mini-games. I’m not sure how I haven’t heard of it–it’s been around for a few years. Kongregate is more than just your run-of-the-mill game site. Not only are the games clever and fun,the site has an overarching Achievements system to make everything all the more fun. Most or all of the games are made by indie developers, and I love that this site provides a showcase for their abilities.
Even after watching the original Tron movie, and playing the Tron 2.0 game, you’re still not satisfied and you just want more and more?
Critiquing is a skill which is just as much based on social interaction as it is with prose examination. I’ve read critiquing advice elsewhere, which includes such statements as “don’t critique the critiquer” and “don’t rewrite the story for the author”, but here I have categorized and prioritized critiquing advice into larger categories, and split it between “how to critique” and “how to be critiqued”, as well as a couple of general statements. I list them as rules here, but of course no one will be enforcing them but yourself. You can think of them as guidelines, if you like, but I do think that your critiquing will be more happy and productive, both for giving and receiving critiques, if you follow these guidelines.
We’ve all been there. You invest your time and money in a movie or read a book where, for most of the time you’re sitting there, you’re really enjoying it. It may not be the best you’ve ever read or seen, but you’re pretty sure you’d give it a thumb’s up to someone asking your opinion on it later. But when the ending arrives, you’re left with your jaw hanging open at how pointless, annoying, or just plain stupid the ending was, to the extent that it ruins the whole movie for you that the creators really couldn’t come up with something better than that.
written by David Steffen Two weeks ago we posted the article How to Write a Rejection Slip by Christopher Miller, which sparked quite a bit of interesting discussions here, on Facebook, and on blog sites that linked to us.Â Some agreed, some didn’t, and a good time was had by all talking about what we … Continue reading Another Perspective on How to Write a Rejection Slip
I’ve been meaning to make it to a science fiction convention for quite a while now.Â Even before I started writing they sounded like fun, lots of people with similar tastes all getting together and hanging out, swapping book recommendations, arguing about which authors write better books and why, and so on.Â But now that … Continue reading MiniCon Report (and my first editor pitch)
Hi everyone! I have a writing exercise I’m going to try out.Â I’m curious to see how it works, and I’ll need your help to do it.Â Don’t worry, no heavy lifting or paperwork required.Â All I need from each and every one of you is a trigger.Â Now you’re probably wondering what the heck … Continue reading Fun With Flash Fiction!