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Featured Author in the Madhouse: Irene L. Pynn

What About Shakespeare? , guest blog by Big Time Nerd Irene L. Pynn It’s cool to say you’re a nerd these days. Quick nerd test! Do you love… ·          Comic books? ·          Video games? ·          Anime? ·          __InsertNerdyTopicHere__ conventions? ·          Doctor Who ? ·          Anything Joss Whedon has ever touched? If you answered YES to any of those, or if you scowled because I left something out, then you can go ahead and wear your Nerd badge with pride. Maybe once people kept their love of all things cool a secret, but today being a nerd is almost a form of street-cred, like knowing the titles of all early albums of the band-before-they-were-popular. If you know why Cloud Strife is sad and how a Dalek sounds when it talks, then you can most likely enjoy nerdiness and all of its perks. I can throw down with the nerdiest of nerds in most situations and come out looking fairly cool. There’s little question that I belong with this crowd. Most of my obsessions fall

Many Genres, One Craft (Part 6)

One Writer, Many Genres by Ryan M. William : I’m considering a pen name. Damn I never thought that I would say that. When I saw this article in the book, I’ll admit…I cringed. Ever since I was younger, I couldn’t understand why anyone would ever consider making up a fake name to hide behind. To me, it sounded like they were ashamed of their writing, and then when I started freelancing erotica. It became routine procedure when I received my contracts to click the box that said ‘Yes, you can use my real name.’ I mean, yeah I wrote a steamy sex scene and was proud of it so why should I put someone else’s name on it? And then word started to spread. And it wasn’t that I was writing sexy romance scenes. It was that I was writing porn. Really? So I read this article in the hopes that it might help me come to some decision about the concept of a pen name, which I still hate the idea of but are warming up to. For instance, if I end up writing erotica, I highly doubt my horror fans are go

Featured Author in the Madhouse: Meg Mims

Create Your Own Creative Process by Meg Mims   With NaNoWriMo on the doorstep (two weeks! Only two weeks away, augh), writers are chewing nails about how in the world they can possibly get 50,000 words written in one month. Some are lucky to write 5,000 words in that time period. Some can barely manage 500. I’m not going to discuss whether NaNoWriMo is crazy, or whether it works (kudos to those writes able to turn off that pesky internal editor), or even if you can actually get a decent first draft—or an absolute mess of a draft. The point is to try. And I do. I usually fail miserably, coming up with between 1,000 and 10,000 words. I also fail at writing challenges, where writers set the clock and challenge each other to rack up words. A clock doesn’t serve me well, except as my profile picture. Neither does a calendar. Oh, I’ve given myself deadlines and usually meet them—for an hour or a day, a week, even a month. But I know it’s my goal and not imposed by someone else. I