Starting October 1 is the annual Halloween Haunts. That's where HWA members post cool stuff on the HWA blog about horror and Halloween during the month of October. There are even chances to win prizes. And it's all free. Check it out often. My posting is scheduled for October 10th. There's a banner on this very page that will take you to the HWA blog.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
There was real fear in my eyes at the hotel I work at yesterday. Something came through the door that scared the bejeebers out of me. I guess I should mention the door was open. And in walked the scariest thing on earth. There was a skunk inside my lobby. You can chase a fox or a raccoon out the door. but skunk? No way. I've been sprayed by a skunk. It's no laughing matter. Fortunately, it went back outside and left. I closed the door, pronto.
The only wild animal, at least North American wild animal, that I fear is the skunk. Bears, wolves, snakes don't even concern me. But send a skunk after me and I am instantly in terror mode.
Friday, September 26, 2014
Every year about this time the tree leaves turn color. Around here that's yellows and a touch of orange as the primary tree that drops its leaves is aspen. And people drive around to look at them--often coming from far away. Trust me, they look exactly the same as they do every year.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
People in many creative vocations often complain about being pigeonholed or typecast I recently learned I'm no exception. I was talking to another writer about an anthology that came out a while back. Frankly, I didn't think it was very good. Then I mentioned I could've come up with something far better than a lot of the stories in the book, had I known about it. That brought a surprised reaction--very surprised. I was informed I was never considered as a contributor because I only do weird westerns. I was somewhat dumbfounded. I guess that's become my label. I'm the weird western guy. Ironically, most weird western editors hate me because they don't think my work is dark enough. I counted up my cumulative body of work. Only 20% of my published stories are weird westerns. I've written steampunk. I've written all sorts of horror. And half of my stories are science fiction. But I am perceived as the weird western guy. I guess my other material wasn't as memorable as I'd hoped.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
I am so sick of the horrible TV ads relentlessly attacking everyone running for office. But not for the reason one might think. Most of these ads are funded by outside interests flooding million of dollars to try and manipulate the election.No, it's not that they're vicious and dishonest. It's every single one of them says "for Colorado." Too extreme for Colorado. Too stupid for Colorado. Not right for Colorado. Hell, we know what state we live in. We don't really need to be told we live in Colorado. We already know that. But they never end with too crooked or too ugly. Nope, it's ALWAYS for Colorado. Frankly, if they took half of the words out of these ads they'd be more effective, but they're mass produced out of some hate mill ad agency somewhere. I think it's the people cranking out these ads who need to be reminded what state they're going to.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014
When you write, or more specifically when you publish stuff, these people called reviewers turn up and tell you what they think of it. The knowledge and ability of reviewers varies wildly, but in the anything goes blogs e-sites world, most of the reviews are written by people who haven't a clue what they're talking about. Gone are the professional reviewers in newspapers. Now we have Moe, who puts down "It was really bad." Followed by Larry who puts down "It was good." Do either of these provide anything particularly useful? Not really.
I used to get ripped by some guy who I once rejected for a project. He seemed to make it his life mission to bash me at every opportunity--always anonymously. But always with the same telltale poor spelling that gave him away anyway. Alas, I haven't heard from him in a while.
A good review should contain objective information where a potential reader could decide whether to purchase or not purchase a book they might be interested in. "It was bad" is a little lacking in detail for that. The blog type of review sites seem overwhelmed by the number of books out there. The paid professional reviewers seem to have disappeared. No wonder the publishing world is in so much turmoil, eh.