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Friday, August 29, 2014

Happy Fantastic-Schmantastic Birthday!

It is Fantasy-Schmantasy's one-year-iversary today!

And it's not just us, all these other famous people are celebrating birthdays as well:

Michael Jackson
Lea Michele
John McCain
Ingrid Bergman
Rufio -- I mean Zuko. I mean  Dante Basco.
John Locke
Paul Frank

And, most importantly and schmantastically of all, my baby sister, Rainey who is a infantile 17 years old today.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

*NSFW (or grandparents)* Upcoming Author Interview

You ever have that moment where it's after 5pm and you suddenly realize it's a posting day and you haven't even thought of what you're going to write?

... yeah, me neither.

In totally unrelated news, today's post is a teaser! I will be interviewing self-published erotica author Jessica Satin, recent winner of the Bad Girls' Bible Erotica Contest with her piece Snow White and the Seven Huntsmen.* We'll discuss what got her into writing erotica, why self-publishing, how the process has worked for her and what her ambitions are as an author.

Get ready!

And readers of an appropriate age**can find some of Jessica's work on Amazon.

*To any parents and grandparents of the Blog Lady who might be reading this right now -- if you click any of these links, I seriously do not want to know.
**Whatever that may mean.

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Problem Child (or Child Problem)

Think about everything that makes up a person. A person is a sum of their experiences, their circumstances, their genetics. They are influenced by friends, family, enemies, acquaintances, events. They are motivated by lust, greed, empathy, generosity, hormones, or even just the phase of the moon.

There is a lot that goes into writing a character that feels real -- even the most obvious author simulacrum creates headache and heartache as the writer attempts to create motivation and consistency that represent a personality and establish real personhood.

Which is why things get even stickier when we're talking about child characters.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Superman and the Suspension of Disbelief

As genre authors, one of the most complicated things that we demand of our readers is the suspension of disbelief. Whether you are writing a outlandish mystery, a sci-fi opera, a paranormal dystopia or any other world where you are messing with the laws of plausibility or reality, suspension of disbelief is necessary for readers to buy into your story.

But the cost cannot outweigh the perceived benefit. Asking a reader to stop believing what they know to be true -- that no heist can be so complicated and run so smoothly, that no man can dodge all those bullets, that aliens probably wouldn't be following over themselves in lust with humans, that society simply doesn't lose its sense of entitlement to self that easily, that vampires don't exist and they certainly don't sparkle -- and to buy into your world is an action that costs the reader something. To stop believing what we know is real and invest in your world and your story, we the reader need to know that our forfeiture is going to pay out in a story that is worth it.

That is why I believe, no matter how fantastic your story is, you need to limit the price you're asking of your reader.

Let me ask you: why does nobody recognize that Clark Kent is Superman?

Friday, August 15, 2014

Call to Action: Normalize Diversity

This post is not going to be funny. Instead, I'm going to pull out my soapbox, and ask you to do something. Something important. Because I don't have any clout or any high platform to talk about important issues. But I do have this blog and a feeling of obligation to say something.

I do not want to diverge completely from the purpose of this blog. I am here to talk to you about writing and publishing and genre fiction. I'm not here to give my op-eds about the world. So, I am going to frame this in the context of writing.

You have a responsibility to normalize diversity.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I'm back, and I've brought pictures!

To repeat myself: I'm back!

It's been a long break, but I'm happy to let you know that it was not for nothing not only did I break the 70,000 word mark after buckling down and rubbing the letters off my keyboard* thanks to Camp NaNoWriMo, but I also had a fantastic GISHWHES hunt.

Oh my. What is GISHWHES? You haven't heard of GISHWHES?

GISHWHES is the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen. Created by Misha Collins, actor/philanthropist/extremely absurd human being, the short version of it is I just spent a week doing some good deeds and making a fool of myself.

So it goes without saying that I did not come back from my hiatus. Your prize, for bearing with me, is insider access to some photo moments from the Hunt. Enjoy!