Literate Liquors – Hugos, Puppies, Kittens and Kerfuffle

Hey y’all, watch this! I’m back with another episode of Literate Liquors and I share some of my opinions on the recent Hugo Awards mess that has left a lot of hurt feelings all across the SF/F community. Beware, this episode is more NSFW than most of them and includes a lot of me calling people a$$#*!#s and making disparaging comments about their lineage. I hope you enjoy it, and hope that in my own little profane way that I can shed light on multiple sides of a complicated issue.

The whole episode is available here.

On Creativity and Writing: Making the Most of Ideas, part III — The Fear of Being Scooped

In December of 1993, Buena Vista Productions released the movie Tombstone, starring Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer. The film told the story of the life and times of the legendary Western lawman, Wyatt Earp. In June 1994, Warner Brothers released Wyatt Earp, starring Kevin Costner and Dennis Quaid. The film told the story of the life and times of the legendary Western lawman, Wyatt Earp.

In May 1998, Universal Studios released Deep Impact, starring Robert Duvall, Tea Leoni, and a small, hairy-footed actor named Elijah Wood. It was a science fiction film in which people on earth discover that an enormous comet is on a collision course with our planet, threatening all of life as we know it. In July 1998, Touchstone Pictures released Armageddon, starring Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, and Liv Tyler (minus the pointy ears she wore when saving the life of the previously mentioned small, hairy-footed […]

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Back to Basics, part VI: Submitting Our Work

A couple of weeks ago, when I posted my contribution to the “Success and Failure” discussion we’ve been having here on MW, Lyn Nichols, loyal MW reader and commenter extraordinaire, mentioned that knowing our markets can be helpful in avoiding the sort of rejections we were talking about. At the time, I already had it mind to post a “Back to Basics” essay about how to handle submissions, and so I thought I would offer that this week, to follow up on both my last post and Lyn’s excellent comment.

As I mentioned in that last post, submitting work in and of itself should be seen as a success. Taking that step — putting one’s ego on the line by sending out work to book publishers or short story markets — is not at all easy to do. If you’re in the process of submitting work for the first time, […]

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Of Birthdays and Taxes…

Jimmy Buffett has a song called “A Pirate Looks At Forty,” which is about an aging pirate trying to figure out where his life is headed as he slips into middle age. Great song, and one I’ve been humming to myself all day. See, I have a birthday coming up this week (Friday), and birthdays always make me contemplative. I also did my taxes yesterday, and there is something about dealing with those hard numbers that can force one to take stock. And so I thought I’d take another break from the “Writing Your Book” series to follow up on A.J.’s post from Friday (Wonderful news, A.J. — congrats again!).

In the interests of full disclosure, let me begin by saying that 40 is a rapidly receding speck in my cosmic rear-view mirror, and I’m starting to see road signs for 50. I wouldn’t say that I’m getting old, but […]

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Promotion Time and Publishing Wars

This week I’m taking a short break from the “Writing Your Book” series to post about something else. Originally, this was going to be a simple self-promotion post. I have a book coming out this week — the mass market paperback release of The Horsemen’s Gambit, book II in my Blood of the Southlands trilogy. The third and final volume in the series, The Dark-Eyes’ War, will be released in hardcover in a couple of weeks, and I’ll be publicizing that in a future post.

The hardcover/paperback progression is not uncommon in publishing, though it is becoming rarer in this economic climate (more and more books are coming out as paperback originals or as trade paperbacks — the larger format paperbacks often used for more mainstream literary releases). Here’s how the hardcover/paperback progression works. The hardcover edition of The Horsemen’s Gambit came out last year around this time (January ’09). […]

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