Many artists are using Patreon to create a subscription service to help them make ends meet. But does that mean instant riches and success? Kinda...
Hi, I'm Tobias Buckell, a science fiction writer, and this is How I Bullet Journal. I mentioned I'd started bullet journalling on twitter and people were curious and suggested I create a blog post. So in September, I had been seeing people mentioning Bullet Journals and seen some Instagram links and Pinterest accounts about bullet… Continue reading This Is How I Bullet Journal
I just finished a new collaboration. It's a short story of nearly 10,000 words that will be in Bridging Infinity (you can pre-order here), edited by Johnathan Strahan "The latest volume in the Hugo award-winning Infinity Project series, showcasing all-original hard science fiction stories from the leading voices in genre fiction." The writer I collaborated… Continue reading How To Collaborate On Fiction in 2016 Using Pair Programming Methods with Skype, and Google Docs
Several times a year I encounter moments where a writer, or a new writer, or a writer yet to be, is reluctant to write an essay or talk about a position they are passionate about. This is doubly so if it's political. They believe that they'll be blackballed from publishing or their career will falter.… Continue reading Dear New Writers: You Do Have The Power To Speak
To dig into why I did the Kickstarter, as opposed to selling it to a publisher: I make more off the Kickstarter. I'd talked to one publisher about it, and they turned it down. And I've run the numbers. A mid list author like me, for a short story collection, can expect something like $1,000-$5,000.… Continue reading Why I Did Xenowealth: A Collection as a Kickstarter
For his 12 blogs of Christmas Paul Cornell asks: Have you, in your life, a mishearing that you've persisted with, froma song or a movie or anything, that you prefer to the original, orthat has special meaning for you? So it's the 80s, I'm a little boy growing up in Grenada, WI and money is… Continue reading The Transformers/Gobots Christmas Surprise
There are two places to lose focus. One: yourself sitting down to do the work. Two: inside the work as the work itself loses focus. I'll tackle number one, as I think that was what was being asked. Caveat: I believe most writing advice is only as valuable to someone as it works. In other… Continue reading How Do I Find Focus When Writing My Novel or Story?
Today, while waiting for my new office chair to be delivered I asked twitter to send me some questions. Mike Douton on twitter asked: https://twitter.com/mikedouton/status/671698182682886144 This is a tricky one to answer. The thing is writers have a variety of approaches and the trick to knowing this is to actually figure out how you work… Continue reading How Do I Know When To Trunk My Story or Novel?
Kate Elliott writes: In the wake of 2009’s #Racefail discussion, LJ blogger delux-vivens (much lamented since her passing) asked for a wild unicorn herd check in to show that people frequently told they don’t read SFF and aren’t present in SFF circles do in fact exist. In some ways I personally think of this as… Continue reading Some Thoughts On the Herding of POC Writers Into Diversity Panels
Here's an article in SF Signal about the lack of SF/F books with people of color on the cover. And here's a fairly typical SF/F fan response in the comments that I want to highlight by a commenter called TheAderian that wraps up all the ignorances I've had tossed my way in one big bundle.… Continue reading Yes, Virginia, People of Color Do Fucking Read SF/F