CONVERGENCE is SciFi365’s Book of the Week

Breaking news: CONVERGENCE was chosen as SciFi365’s Book of the Week. I’m absolutely thrilled by this. They write:

Our new book of the week, ‘Convergence’ by Michael Patrick Hicks, is one of those where it’s summary just doesn’t do justice to how good it is. It is truly an excellent Sci Fi novel and a worthy ‘Book of the Week’.

A cyberpunk thrillride…. The conflict between the humanity of the main character, Jonah, and the things he has had to do to survive in this harsh new world makes ‘Convergence’ an absolute pleasure to read.

Again, just sheer delight from me, and many thanks to the SciFi365 team for their support and their kind words.

CONVERGENCE is still on sale, for a limited time, for only 99 cents, so go feed your eReader!

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Also, be sure to check out SciFi365 and sign up for their mailing list. I’ve found lots of great suggestions from their e-mails, and plenty of good deals. You can subscribe right here.

CONVERGENCE is SciFi365’s Book of the Week

The War On Christmas

It’s that time of year again… Pundits of a particular “news” station are frothing about the annual “War on Christmas.” Over on twitter, I, and a few others, reminisced about the ordeals of last year’s struggle and the impending holocaust that will no doubt be upon us this month with the hashtag #WarOnChristmas.

What do you remember of last year’s atrocities? Did you battle against the Elves and the chaos the Kringles wrought? Share your tales of woe and horror here, or on twitter with the #WarOnChristmas hash tag.

Here’s a few I enjoyed and retweeted:

The War On Christmas

The Writer Emergency Pack just received full funding (and well beyond!) on Kickstarter, which is excellent news because I have absolutely no idea how to wrap up my current WIP!

Congrats to John August on this wonderful project. These helpful cards got the backing of 5,714 awesome people (me among them, of course) and raised $158,109, which is well above the initial $9,000 goal.

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Inforgraphic: Self-Publish or Traditional?

The folks at The Write Life developed this infographic as a bit of a tongue-in-cheek guide to choosing your best publishing options.

Self-Publishing or Traditional Publishing: Which Should You Choose?
Courtesy of: The Write Life

 

What are you thoughts?

Inforgraphic: Self-Publish or Traditional?

Quick Update On Revolver (A Sci-Fi Short Story)

Today, I finished up the second draft of REVOLVER, my contribution to a short-story science fiction anthology that will be releasing in 2015. No word on an exact release date yet, but keep checking back for more info!

This one clocked in a bit shy of 11,000 words, or close to 20 pages. Every page had revisions, some of them pretty significant (remember: writing is rewriting!), with more than 300 changes made to this 796 line manuscript. There were a lot of deletions, some insertions, and plenty of sentences that were altered and put under the knife. I’ve now sent it off to the editor and our other contributors and am awaiting their feedback, while keeping my fingers crossed.

Here’s the quick-and-dirty blurb, which may change as things progress but should give you a good idea of what to expect:

In a near-future America, poverty has run rampant and political apathy has allowed special interests to gain control of the country. A crowd-funding platform, Revolver, has been established by the nation’s moneyed elite to combat the increasing blight. Their latest participant is Cara Stone, a depressed woman with no hope for her future and nothing left to lose. There’s never been a Revolver entrant quite like her before. The corporate states of America are hungry for blood, and Cara promises to deliver.

REVOLVER is a bit of a dark work, and definitely the most political my fiction has gotten to date. I understand that may turn some folks off, but that’s simply what the story is. It’s dark, it’s angry, and it contains a few issues that I needed to get off my chest.

And for the moment, it’s now out of my hands. I’ve sent it up the chain, so to speak, and we’ll see what happens next. Stay tuned!

Quick Update On Revolver (A Sci-Fi Short Story)

Reblog: Writer Emergency Pack – helping writers get unstuck by John August — Kickstarter

I came across this Kickstarter project on Twitter today, thanks to this post from Chuck Wendig:

And that led me to John August’s page, and this tweet in particular:

So, now being pretty darn curious as to what the heck this all is, I hit up August’s Kickstarter page and pledged some support. Here’s the link:

Writer Emergency Pack – helping writers get unstuck by John August — Kickstarter.

And here’s what August says about the impetus behind his Writer Emergency Pack project:

Writing is hard. You’re constantly trying to figure out what word comes next.

Creative writing is even harder. When you’re working on a story, you’re not just trying to decide what word comes next, but what idea comes next.

It’s easy to get stuck.

I know what that’s like because I’m a screenwriter. I’m lucky to have had ten movies produced, from GO to BIG FISH to FRANKENWEENIE. I also host a popular podcast about film and television called Scriptnotes.

Over the years, I’ve had conversations with hundreds of writers, both on the podcast and around the lunch table. No matter what genre or medium, all writers face story problems. Plots that plod. Characters that don’t connect.

Every writer has her own techniques for pushing past these problems — little nudges and prompts to help get the story clicking.

Writer Emergency Pack is a curated collection of some of the most useful suggestions I’ve encountered. It’s by writers, for writers.

I’m really looking forward to getting this deck of cards and checking out the Dark Mode booster pack when it becomes available next year. I think this is going to be pretty darn entertaining, and who knows what kind of crazy stories this could lead to!

As an added bonus that makes donating/pre-ordering all the more worthwhile, August is taking a Get One, Give One approach to help get these cards into the sweaty palms of both writers and youngsters just starting out in local creative writing programs. I think this is a pretty exciting initiative to help bolster support for writing and show kids just how truly fun and awesome this thing we do can be.

Reblog: Writer Emergency Pack – helping writers get unstuck by John August — Kickstarter

Now Available: 30 Days In The Word Mines « terribleminds: chuck wendig

Now Available: 30 Days In The Word Mines « terribleminds: chuck wendig.

Since I know there’s more than a few of you out there who are into the writer’s process and constantly looking to hone your own technique and pick up some helpful tips and wise words of advice, here’s a new release from Chuck Wendig. Check out the link, above, for purchasing links and more details on this release.

Here’s the lowdown:

30 Days In The Word Mines takes you on a month-long journey of writing, offering pages filled with practical writing tips, motivational throat-punches, and ruminations on the craft of writing and art of storytelling. Whether you’re running with National Novel Writing Month or just want to hunker down and write to see just how far you can get, this book will help you every step of the way with a new tip, trick or thought every day of the month-long journey. From the mad mind behind terribleminds comes an original companion book to help you navigate the maze of writing every day. Good luck, and art harder.

I plan on checking this one out soon. In fact, I just bought it on Amazon this morning. I follow terribleminds regularly, and if you do, as well, then you know he’s chock full of terrific, on-the-money, frequently vulgar yet sage advice. And personally, I am always happy to throw money to supplicant the Wendig, that great, hairy beast of lore.

Go check it out!

Now Available: 30 Days In The Word Mines « terribleminds: chuck wendig