The Monroes were a band that never really hit it big, but they had one song that stood out strongly enough to be anthologized on a number of “best of the ‘80s”-type compilations. That song is “What Do All The … Continue reading
Over at my own blog, Genji Press, I’ve talked about how George Lucas’s original treatments for Star Wars—back from when it was THE Star Wars, not just “Star Wars”—are being adapted into comics courtesy of Dark Horse, right before the … Continue reading
In the autumn of 2007, I did the single most terrifying thing I’d ever done up to that point in my life. I rented a table at a con and sold my books. To real, live, people. Face to face. … Continue reading
Author Marilynne Robinson, in an interview with The New York Times, said, “My greatest fear was that I would write a fraudulent book simply to escape the embarrassments of having written only one novel.” As the kids say today, that … Continue reading
No, that’s not a typo, but a command. The best thing you can do with your audience’s expectations is push against them, but not so hard that you shove them away from you.
It’s been said that a work “gets the audience it deserves”. The first time I heard that, I immediately thought back to Clint Eastwood’s character, William Munny, in Unforgiven: “Deserve’s got nothing to do with it.” And so I think … Continue reading
[Crossposted from Genji Press:] I got interviewed for half an hour by Kurt Sasso of TGT Media, a comics / movies / gaming podcast. Subjects included Flight of the Vajra and my general approach to self-publishing. Go check it out. My … Continue reading
Last time out I talked about the fact that every creator is also an audience member. Now we get to sit on the other side of the counter and see how every audience member is also a creator.
A while back, when I refocused Magrathean Diary from talking about worldbuilding to talking about the interaction of a creator with their audience, I had a realization with I stupidly swept under the rug. I’ve since lifted up the rug … Continue reading
A writer I know who has since abandoned his craft one day admitted to me that his central problem was simple: he was lazy. When he finally realized this, he felt a lot less burdened by the idea of having … Continue reading