State of the Writing: January 2015

I wrote things in January, mostly reviews and my weekly column, Going for the Goldblum, on Pop Culture Crazy. Plus, I plugged away at a little bit of original fiction, mostly short stories. One written last year was rejected in January with a very nice note by Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine, so out it goes again to somewhere else. I sent out a few other pieces and am hoping to hear back on one of them this week. Fingers crossed! I don’t mind the rejections. Some offer great feedback on what might not be working in the story, but I’d like an acceptance at some point. Obviously!

(Not writing, but writing-adjacent: I also produced my first podcast episode for Apex Magazine, a short story by Ursula Vernon​ called Pocosin! The second podcast episode will be out later this week.)

Book reviews:

Movie reviews:

Television reviews:

Going for the Goldblum:

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Better Living Through List-making

There’s a lot of satisfaction in making a list of things you can cross off. Or so people tell me! I don’t make those kinds of lists, because I forget they exist before anything reaches a cross-off-able state.

I also don’t think much of New Year’s resolutions. Nothing about the arbitrary turning of one year to the next makes me likely to stick to a new diet, habit, or lifestyle. In fact, it’s usually the opposite. Time off work ushers in the kind of ludicrous optimism that leads to pledges like: no caffeine, no food after 6pm, no TV ever. I’ve known myself long enough to know not a single specific resolution is ever going to stick.

Instead, what I’m planning to do in the new year is step up what I’m already doing.

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Secret project no more

Little bit of a peek today on Twitter and Tumblr, but here’s the formal announcement: 

Introducing Bossy Britches! It’s a new weekly podcast I’m doing with Julia duMais, in which we talk pop culture–everything from books and TV to movies and sports. Plus video games! Fandom! Feminism! History!

Our first proper episode is a look at the first half-season of Outlander, in which we touch on related subjects as wide-ranging as Doctor Who, New Criticism, and sexposition.

Coming up in future episodes: The Roosevelts, How to Get Away with Murder, Gone Girl, Gracepoint, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Plus, you know, everything else. (Have suggestions? YES PLEASE.)

New episodes are going up every Thursday, starting this week.

So, please, if you’re so inclined:

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Strange things are afoot

Some cool things this week:

  • I’m recording a guest spot on The Televoid tonight! More details later, but if you remember what I lost in a bet to Kacey Bange after the Super Bowl (HASHTAG KACEYWHY), you’re already prepped for the horrors to come what’s about to ensue.
  • Speaking of Kacey, in the next couple of weeks I’ll be launching a weekly column on her Pop Culture Crazy blog: Going for the Goldblum. Yep, that guy.
  • I wrote a thing for one of the Flash Fiction challenges at Terrible Minds this week: Fee. Anybody else interested in jumping in? You write 500 words but don’t end the story, then link it in Chuck Wendig’s post so someone else can finish it for you next week. (Promised myself I wouldn’t look for stories to finish until after the weekend, but…)
  • I’m officially launching this fancy new blog. Hello, Twitter!
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The Power of Magical Thinking

In class this summer, I’m writing the first, terrible draft of a novel. The plan was for a gritty murder mystery; it turns more toward a light-hearted and gentle story with every link I follow from Twitter or Tumblr, especially this week.

For class, our prof asked us to do some magical thinking: specifically to put ourselves on The New York Times Best Sellers list. I figured, why not go for number one with a bullet? If I’m dreaming, I’m dreaming big.

A Fictional Fiction List
Look at that debut!
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