Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tactical Highlighter #19

Sorry it’s a bit late. Lots of really good stuff this week. And if you haven’t read them, my VD2009 and VD2010 projects are up. They are Shades of Grey and Paranormal Romance respectively.

  • If you’re paying attention to the Amazon/Macmillan kerfluffle, you’re probably already bored of it. That said, Mur Lafferty’s episode of I Should Be Writing on it is brilliant. And includes an awesome interview with Ursula Vernon. And while you’re at it … read, memorize, and apply the lessons of her post Apologies and Confidence.
  • A Princess of Earth by Mike Resnick (Dunesteef). This story is based on The John Carter of Mars series, and it’s a real tear-jerker. I hadn’t read any John Carter prior to listening to this and I still enjoyed it a lot. I think you will too.
  • Debris by Kiini Ibura Salaam (PodCastle). Creepy little tale about the afterlife and the wisdom of people who seem a little bit insane.
  • Going Deep by James Patrick Kelly. Part 1, 2, 3. I’ve been trying to find an easy way to link to this story for awhile. Easy for you, not for me. A few extra links don’t chuff me at all. This story is really great and I was really pleased when it came to audio format. Don’t let the inconvenience of downloading it get in your way.
  • Life Insurance by Matthew Warner (Variant Frequencies). An urban fantasy story involving a very unusual insurance policy.


Rish Outfield said...

Thanks for continuing to mention us in your blog.

More importantly, though, has publishing some of your fiction on your blog helped you:

1. Create more of it?
2. Get positive feedback and/or encouragment from others?
3. Express yourself in a way that a more conventional blog post wouldn't allow you to?

J. McNeill said...

It's definitely helped me create more of it. Posting fiction in public puts me on the line to create more of it in a way that posting fiction on a forum doesn't necessarily always do.

Feeling guilty about posting so little on my blog inspired me to start posting regularly last September ... which in turn basically got me back on track for finishing NaNo for the second time, and inspired me to submit one short story before the end of 2009 and two other ones starting in early 2010.

Most of my feedback still comes from my beta readers and/or forums though.

I'm not sure conventional blog posting helps me express myself. I've tried it in areas other than this blog and I generally got less response in those areas than I do here. Plus, being a news commenter has never been high on my list of "things I want to be when I grow up" so I have a hard time keeping myself motivated to do it.