Reblog: Tee Contest – Jennifer Foehner Wells

Tee Contest – Jennifer Foehner Wells.

Apparently, this is a very good day for author-spurred contests!

I know there’s at least one person who follows this blog and has some artistic talent, and who thinks, like I do, that the term Social Justice Warrior is a badge of honor instead of an insulting pejorative.

Fellow author Jennifer Foehner Wells has started this awesome t-shirt contest, and you can show off your talents! Your design could make it onto a tee-shirt and you walk away with $100 and insane bragging rights.

If you maybe need some inspiration to kick the creative gears turning, check out this post by Joseph Scrimshaw.

Check out the details at her contest page, and good luck!

Reblog: Tee Contest – Jennifer Foehner Wells

Reblog: Wallpaper Contest: Time To Vote! « terribleminds: chuck wendig

Wallpaper Contest: Time To Vote! « terribleminds: chuck wendig.

Chuck Wendig is running a cool little contest to pick a winner for some terribleminds-inspired wallpaper graphics.

This one is Chuck’s personal favorite, and mine too, incidentally. It’s designed by Rebekeh Turner and is just absolutely terrific. I love it badly and I totally plan on saving and sharing this far and wide (with proper credit given and due, of course!), and you can view the full-size version here.

For the full list of contenders, hit up Wendig’s blog and cast your vote over there.

If your curious, I voted for #3, but #5 really caught my eye, too. It’s a tough decision, but I really like the simplistic minimalism of #3. But, #5 has a cup of coffee and some sage advice. This was a very difficult ballot to cast…

The gallery of artist’s submissions is on Flickr.

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Slow Week

Things are going to be a little slow on the site here for the next few days. Here’s what’s happening:

  • Wrapping up Emergence, first and foremost. This sequel to Convergence is with the art designer and formatter, so expect more news on this soon, and stay tuned for the big cover reveal!
  • Writing a story for next year’s anthology. This could also be the start of a new series, one that’s quite a bit different from either of the two DRMR novels and drops me into a whole ‘nother genre entirely.
  • Once that story is finished, I’ll be giving another short story my first-pass of edits since that one is actually for this August’s anthology. It’s all written, but needs some work, some minor tinkering, and hopefully a few new pairs of eyes.
  • Then, I need to figure out what the heck I’m doing with the rest of this year…

Currently reading: Brother, Frankenstein by Michael Bunker. Just started reading this one earlier today, and it’s lots of fun so far. No idea when it’ll be releasing, though…

Slow Week

WIP Blog Tour!

J.S. Collyer nominated me to take part in the WIP Blog Tour, and just at the right time, too! My current work-in-progress is Emergence, a sequel to my sci-fi thriller debut, Convergence.

Collyer and I both made our big debuts in 2014, she with the publication of Zero, a wonderful space pirate story with a whole lot of action and suspense. Terrific stuff, so do be sure to give it a read! She’s currently working on Haven, the follow-up to Zero, which you can learn more about at her WIP post. I really dug her debut, and expect great things from this series. If you haven’t read it yet, get to it ASAP!

Now, before we dive into my end of this tour, here’s the gist of how this blog tour (supposedly) works:

The work-in-progress blog tour rules (which we all know are made to be bent or broken):
  1.  Link back to the post of the person who nominated you.
  2.  Write a little about and give the first sentence of the first three chapters of your current work-in-progress.
  3.  Nominate some other writers to do the same.

About Emergence

Emergence is going through the final round of edits, and then will be shipped off to the proofreader by the end of this month. After that, it’s on to cover design and formatting. I don’t have a release date nailed down just yet, but I’m aiming for a spring release.

Here’s the current description (and I’m going to issue a spoiler warning for Convergence, just in case):

Still recovering from the events that befell her in Los Angeles, Mesa Everitt is learning how to rebuild her life.

The murder of a memorialist enclave changes all of that and sets into motion a series of violence that forces her into hiding.

Hunted by a squad of corporate mercenaries, with the lives of her friends and family in danger, Mesa has no one to turn to, but she holds a dark secret inside her skull. She has no knowledge of that secret, but it is worth killing for.

The ghosts of her haunted, forgotten past are about to emerge.

Stay tuned for more details soon!

The Excerpts (Or, Breaking Rule #2):

Chapter One

Sex and death flowed freely, amped up across the nightclub’s bio-fi. The emotions and sensations were intoxicating. The music was loud; the bodies, sweaty. Strangers ground against one another, riding the waves of euphoria.

Chapter Two

Coffee was the lifeblood of a memorialist, Mesa thought.

Chapter Three

Her underwear missed the hamper. Mesa bent down to pick them up, heard the glassine pop, and felt plaster fall against her wet hair. She dropped flat to the floor, quickly crawling away from the point of attack. She glanced up and saw the bullet hole in the wall, exactly where she would have been standing if she hadn’t gotten clumsy.

Soft thumping noises peppered the mattress, sending puffs of foam into the air. They were trying to draw her out, get her to panic and run.

She cursed Jonah’s paranoia—only because he’d been right.

And the WIP Blog Tour nominations are:

Seeing as how J.S. Collyer and I are both contributors to the upcoming anthology, No Way Home (releasing March 2!), I thought I’d tag some of our fellow writers from that collection:

Headshot-140117-0001Lucas Bale writes the sort of intense, gripping science-fiction thrillers which make you miss your train. Stories which dig into what makes us human and scrape at the darkness which hides inside every one of us.

His debut novel, THE HERETIC, is the gateway to the BEYOND THE WALL series, an epic hard science-fiction space opera about the future of humanity and the discovery of the truth of its past.

He wasn’t always a writer. He was a criminal lawyer for fifteen years before he discovered crime doesn’t pay and turned to something which actually pays even less. No one ever said he was smart, but at least he’s happy. He blushes when people mention him in the same sentence as Iain M. Banks or George R. R. Martin, bless him.

If you’d like to hear about new releases before everyone else, get advance review copies of those new releases and every short story he ever writes for free then subscribe to INSIDE, his semi-regular newsletter, here:

If twitter is your thing, you’ll find him at @balespen


Writing ShotS. Elliot Brandis is an engineer and author from Brisbane, Australia. He writes post-apocalyptic fiction, often infused with a variety of outside elements. He is a lover of beer, baseball, and science fiction.

His stories are about outlaws, outsiders, and the others.

To find out more:

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SWFairbrotherS.W. Fairbrother is an avid reader whose love of stories couldn’t help but spill over into writing them. I read almost every genre, but have a special love of fantasy and science fiction. My debut novel, The Secret Dead, was published on 11 April 2014.

If you’ve read my book and are popping by to stalk me, please say hello. Us writers thrive on feedback.

I’m also on:


WIP Blog Tour!

‘Hannibal’ season 3 first trailer — exclusive

Michael Patrick Hicks:

EW has the first trailer for Hannibal season 3. And hot damn, it is exquisite. I think I’m in desperate need of a series rewatch.

Originally posted on Inside TV:

[ew_image url=”” credit=”” align=”none”]Ready for an amuse-bouche from Hannibal season three?

Below is a teaser trailer with the first batch of footage from the third season of NBC’s acclaimed, cult-favorite thriller. The trailer shows Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) obsessively hunting Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) in what we assume is Florence, Italy.

Expect the new season to mine elements from Thomas Harris’ Hannibal novels, including Hannibal Rising and Red Dragon. According to showrunner Bryan Fuller, the series will mash up elements from the books in a unique way—including revealing a very different origin story for the good doctor.

Though you’re going to have to wait until summer for the main course, this video should at least give a little taste: 

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‘Hannibal’ season 3 first trailer — exclusive

2014 in review

I touched on this topic a bit yesterday, but here’s a nicely automated report on the state of this blog at year’s end. Take it away, WordPress…

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

2014 in review