I’m not going to do my usual “links everywhere” for this one, because I’m just throwing down my thoughts here, and I’d like to know what you think about it. “Fingerthinking,” from brain to paper, without any filters in between. Not just what I’m doing now, but what we all do online, all of the time. A New Way of Thinking?
I’m no neuroscientist. I don’t know a lot about how the brain works, beyond the things we all know, because we learn them in school. Our brain is made u
Something amazing is happening right now. #CRISPR is being tested, and is already starting to save lives. The technique is in its infancy, but if it works, it could lead to entirely new fields of medicine, as it enables a level of medical care previously only imagined in science fiction.
CRISPR is the name given to the process by which living bacteria edit their genetic structure, and swap out genes with other living bacteria. It’s how they evolve immunity to antibiotics so quickly. H
Sex & Violence
Of all the scenes to ever trouble the weary fingers of the career author, those which rely on sex or focus on action and violence are the most difficult to write—and, from the writer’s own perspective, often the least satisfying. Both involve the same two hang-ups: action, and intense and passionate emotion, which can be difficult to convey in swift and sudden fashion.
This, of course, is how you often want the heart of an intense scene to progress: buildup aside,
The Devil’s Bean?
Currently, this article condemning Red Bull is #trending on Facebook. It is an example of #fakenews. It contains shoddy, limited, and low-effort research. The low-quality graphics and basic errors in grammar show a lack of careful editing, which also manifests itself in the subjective content.
Here is why you should read such content with a critical and otherwise well-informed eye, and never accept it as the sole source of input for your opinion. The Source
by Kyle Perkins. Time for another rant. So, this year Virginia Johnson and I are hosting the Tampa Indie Author Book Convention, and we have had our ups and downs. From trying to find a place that …
Source: Why it’s practically impossible to host a first year indie event anymore.
Ancient Stories: The Wild Hunt
The myth of the Wild Hunt, or “Raging Host,” is based on an ancient European folk story. It has been told and retold by many different cultures over thousands of years, but its origins are popularly held to lie among the ancient Germanic tribes of central Europe. It usually takes the form of a cautionary tale about a supernatural hunting party, pursuing its prey through the woods (or the night sky). Its pre-Christian origins have taken different forms over the
Writing Prompt #1: The Reboot
New website, new series of prompts! I’ve had some issues with image prompts in the past, and will not be making images for every prompt this time around; some reported finding them distracting, or having issues with contrast. Image prompts will still make the occasional appearance, but will be categorized separately.
Anywho, since I’m rebooting my prompts, I thought that I would use the concept of a “reboot” for my first prompt’s theme! Isn’t that TREMEN
Modern Genres: Five Characteristics of Successful Steampunk
Steampunk has been described as “Victorian science fiction,” a futuristic version of a world long past—but never far from our hearts. It’s characterized by a solid industrial setting, advanced steam-powered technology, defunct scientific theories, Victorian English aesthetics, and (frequently) alternative history; it is worth noting, however, that—unlike cyberpunk, which is usually set in the urban landscape of near-future Earth—ste
You Should Know: The Ninth Amendment
First, let’s have some background. There are a lot of popular misconceptions about the Bill of Rights, ranging from the false, but relatively harmless (“it wasn’t called that at the time”) to the alarmingly misinformed (“it wasn’t the work of the Founding Fathers, and shouldn’t be regarded as a real part of the Constitution”). Here’s a quick summary of the actual history of the writing of our Constitution, including how the Bill of Rights (the first ninet
How to Tell an Indie Author that You Love Them I mean, who doesn’t? We’re all so clean and well-irrigated.
Write a review. Please. And, thank you.
There’s a lot to be said about this, but that’s the cold, hard gist of it. Each year, hundreds of thousands of new writers join the millions who are already engaged in self-publishing. Thanks to platforms like Amazon and CreateSpace, millions of new books are flooding the worldwide market.
I recently joined the ranks of new authors