Write Night 2018

So. I’ve been thinking. Always danger, I know. Usually, when I think I have a good idea I take a couple Advil and go lay down for a nap, and by the time I wake up the idea doesn’t seem as good anymore.

Whether it’s because I thought of this idea while I was meditating, or perhaps I didn’t follow my usual advice and take that Advil and a nap, I’ve sorta dedicated myself to this idea of Write Night 2018.

Write Night 2018, Saturday, June 3rd-Sunday June 4th. What this means is an all-nighter. An all night writing marathon. 7pm to 7am. Of course, breaks are a good idea. Food is also needed, and lots and lots of coffee.

Why do this? Well, if you must know (and of course you must, you’re here reading this to find out), it’s because of a few reasons.

  1. I start a ton of pieces I don’t finish and then skip around from one to another trying to figure out which one to finish. Write Night is a moment to finish. That’s what Write night is all about. Get as many pieces, as many drafts done, as you can. This might just mean finishing those last 6000 words on that novel you’ve been avoiding (that’s not me) or wrapping up the plot thread of your first volume graphic novel (that’s me) and maybe finish revision a couple short stories (also me). The point is, NaNoWriMo exists for people to write 50,000 words in one month. Write Night is the other part of that. It’s all about wrapping something up.
  2. I just haven’t had much dedicated writing time as of late. June 3rd-4th is my first weekend when I don’t have to get up and go teach high schoolers on Monday. I want to celebrate with a huge writing marathon!
  3. Maybe some people will take notice. Probably not the first time around, but this is something I’d like to do every June. 1 night a year. Write Night. I will be live streaming myself–maybe on Twitch or something. It will probably be a pretty boring stream, but that’s not the point. It will be 12 hours (more or less) of writing time. Maybe other people will join in some day. Maybe not. But this should be fun, and difficult. And I love both of those things.

My Not Quite Year of Short Stories

As with most of my endeavors, My Year of Short Stories has come to an end before it was really complete. The last few months I have simply not had the time I need to read, due to my job. I will still be reviewing stories often, but I can no longer function under the premise that I have kept my word.

On the other hand, I am thrilled to announce that I will be reviewing the May/June issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction for Tangentonline.com Which is a review of short genre fiction. It’s been up and running for over 20 years, which is pretty cool. It’s very established, and while I won’t be able to post quite as much on my own blog, I am hoping that more people will see my work as I branch out.

I’ve gotten more and more into comics lately. Abbott, as you have seen, has become one of my favorites. Sadly the first run is only 5 episodes and the last one comes out next month. I’ll continue reviewing those and try to find more comics I enjoy as well.

That’s all for now. Hopefully, I’ll have time to post a review tomorrow.


Amazing Stories Print Magazine Reboot!

I just wanted to toss this out into the world. The first ever SF magazine, Amazing Stories, is trying for a reboot. It will start as a quarterly print magazine and go from there. In an era when print is so difficult to find, I think this is admirable. Take a look at the Kickstarter. It’s only $25 for the first year of printed issues. Totally worth it. Just CLICK HERE to check it out.