Ever since Duotrope went behind a paywall, I’ve been meaning to make a master list of literary journals to which I can/should/do periodically submit stories. This list is not exhaustive, but will hopefully be a good starting place for any other SF/F writers who would like to expand their list of short fiction markets. Continue reading
Since I could not attend the Nebulas this year, Ken Liu graciously offered to accept on my behalf should it be necessary. This required that I write him a speech. This is that speech. Continue reading
I’m always amused by spambots. At first they were all about the penis enlargement or prescription drugs and then they moved on to excessively complimenting me on the information I provided and assured me that they had bookmarked my blog for future perusal (a promise I can believe in given the frequency of our interactions) but now they’ve switched tactics: accusing me of privilege!
Does your comment improve upon the silence? Then why comment? I don’t understand? why you have to talk like you’re unhappy about the fact that this lecture isn’t catered to you or something. You should be grateful to even have this information available to you because people used to PAY in the past just to SIT and LISTEN, but some people just don’t comprehend because they’ve had life served to them on a platter.
Is this a sign that the bots are becoming aware of social justice? Trolling YouTube for hateful speech and giving them a what-for?
I may have marked you for deletion this time, Ms. Spam Bot of Intersectionality, but I am listening. Fight on.
Robot is this week’s featured story on Escape Pod. You can listen to it here:
It’s quite different from Cat Rambo’s version from Clarkesworld (link) which is a good thing. The narrator is also from the New Orleans area which is a nice bit of serendipity, and Norm’s intros and outros were fantastic. My favorite line:
You should listen to old people, there’s a lot to be afraid of. –Norm Sherman
Unless I blinked and missed it, tonight’s Game of Thrones episode had zero sex.
Clearly my blog has magical powers.
I’m about ready to give up on this series.
It started with the first season. I thought they were constrained by adherence to the book and everything was just a bit… dull. Tyrion was worth watching, the wolves were pretty, and all the added scenes were excellent (the conversation between Robert and Cersei on the failures of their marriage was exquisite), but overall I just couldn’t work myself up to care. Continue reading
In the future I may do a follow-up regarding deductions, in the meantime this is just a follow up with links to forms mentioned in the article itself. Continue reading
Lesson 1: Never take tax planning advice from someone who is not a tax attorney or your personal accountant.
Lesson 2: Just because someone is a tax attorney or your personal accountant doesn’t mean their advice will be completely accurate and/or audit proof.
Lesson 3: Don’t be scared of the IRS; don’t ignore letters from the IRS; respond to letters and requests for information from the IRS as quickly and as accurately as you can.
In the most recent SFWA Bulletin a writer wrote a quick guide to the tax laws affecting writers. It was meant to be “high-level review of tax guidance that might help you organize your writing life a little better.” I don’t know the author in question, but I think it’s safe to assume that he is neither an attorney nor an accountant. I applaud him for taking the initiative to write such a guide… but unfortunately it’s not very good. Continue reading
If you can’t be a good example, then you’ll just have to be a horrible warning. –Catherine Aird
Two stories of blatant sexism from just this morning: Continue reading
HT to Sarah Grey for the title
Over on the writer’s forum Codex there’s been a long and interesting discussion on the wisdom of cover letters. This post will attempt to explain my theories on the practice based on my experience both as a writer, and as a reader for Crab Orchard Review from when I was at SIU. I don’t expect I’ll be saying anything experienced writers don’t already know, but feel free to check my post for general accuracy and disabuse me of all my notions in the comments (plus share slush stories! I love slush stories ).