Dan Simmons is a writer you might know, and he once said something about writing and reading that has stuck with me ever since. His best-know books are The Terror, Summer of Night, Drood (personal favorite) and Carrion Comfort. The Terror was recently made into a fantastic, if somewhat slow, TV-series, and the book is … Continue reading The 79 Authors You Need to Read to Become a Writer According to Dan Simmons
If you are on Instagram, you should take a look at something called #circleofbookishfriends It's booky-thing (of course) where you get a prompt like "Favorite author" or "Women Wednesday". The posts are, more often than not, Stephen King or horror-related, as the people who started the Circle of Bookish Friends (I think it was mother.horror) … Continue reading Just Some Fancy Books – Instagram
You know how they say that the first sentence of a book is the most important? That writers really need to "hook" a reader in the first pages, really from the first word? Well, as it happens, I just got a few books in the mail, books that are getting great reviews and I really … Continue reading First Lines From 5 New Books
For the first post on the new setup, I give you a great quote on short stories from Michael Kelly, the man behind Shadows & Tall Trees and Best Weird Fiction anthologies. I love short stories. I love the way they whisk you away to another place. I love how compact short stories are. You … Continue reading The Magic of Short Stories
Just a quick note of a few things I saw today that I thought might interest you. First - Interective Novella / Wordy Game My writer-friend Barry Napier's interactive game/story Buried got a write-up in TIME magazine, no less. Bottom line seems to be that they liked the writing and the story but didn't find enough … Continue reading A Few Interesting Things
Do you sometimes feel like the internet is taking up just a bit too much of your time? Do you ever mean to spend the evening doing something productive but somehow fall into a stupor of browser tabs and information-binging? *checks to see if information-binging is a word* *spends 2 hours on Wikipedia, ending on an article … Continue reading Want To Break Your Internet Habit and Read More Books?