Category Writing

Cultural Appropriation and Newtonian Physics

This week saw a bunch of Canadian writers rant and rail on Twitter against the “mobbing” of Hal Niedzviecki for his editorial on cultural appropriation (perhaps more appropriately described as his lack of understanding of cultural appropriation). The folks in question are — unsurprisingly — white and privileged. Hell, one of the douchebags is an […]

2016 Black SFF Writer Survey Report

Despite recognizing the importance of diversity in publishing, trying to balance my own reading habits and supporting markets that promote diversity, I am a cis white male neophyte writer and sometimes stumble in discussing it. So, I will leave that to the good folks at FIYAH: Literary Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction: Public conversations about and around diversity […]

#amwriting Update: Ides of March Edition

OK, today is PI Day, but the Ides of March is tomorrow and a better thematic fit. Besides, I’m a recovering mathematician. I started 2017 with an ambitious BigPlan(tm) for writing in 2017. So, how am I doing? Item Target Actual #YearOfReadingShorts 74 78 Write 500 Words Per Day 37,000 16,200 Blog Posts 11 6 In […]

TBR pile o’ Shorts: Part One – The Used

When I decided to do a #YearOfReadingShorts I noted that I have a huge backlog of short stories to read. There are a number of different sources for that lofty TBR pile. Today I’ll talk about the danger of the UsedBook (genus libristritisinsumptuosus). I love used book stores. Real used book stores. You know what […]

#amwriting plans for 2017

2016 was a disappointing year on so many fronts for so many people. I got through it better than most, although I need to remember to leave outrage and justifiable anger to folks who are better qualified to wield them, no matter how good it feels to be part of the crowd … erm mob. […]

Yay! Contributor’s Copies

I have my UPS account set up to alert me when I have packages arriving and was a little surprised to find out that they would be dropping off a package for me today. The only orders that Mrs. Cheffo and I were expecting haven’t shipped yet. We puzzled our puzzlers into a tizzy trying […]

Gamut is over $40,000! Huge new add-on today.

Originally posted on – What Does Not Kill Me –:
We’re over $40,000! Wow. Thank you all for spreading the word, pledging, and upgrading, it’s been so exciting to watch us get closer and closer to our goal. Only five days left to get to $52,000. I know we can do it. Here’s one way…

#amreading: New LitMag on the Horizon: GAMUT from Richard Thomas

Yesterday saw the launch of the KickStarter campagin for GAMUT, a new literary magazine from Richard Thomas. I backed it as soon as it went live. You should back it too. We are already over the first $1,000 and have been selected as a PROJECT WE LOVE by Kickstarter staff. Great start! https://t.co/pXOlfuaTXu — Richard […]

#amwriting: What about Point of View?

We’ve all heard the standard “There’s First Person, Third Person Omniscient, but most genre fiction is written in Limited Third Person. Don’t mix them and — whatever you do — don’t write in Second Person.” Allow me to let my freak flag fly: I LOVE (lovelovelovelove) reading (well-written) Second Person. Stuff like BRIGHT LIGHTS BIG CITY or […]

#amwriting : Christie Yant’s Tools For Writers

As seen on Twitter, here is a link to writer and editor (think Lightspeed’s WOMEN DESTROY SCIENCE FICTION!) Christie Yant‘s Tools For Writers spreadsheet, free and updated for 2016. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1b9kMUG1hJClQ2Vx3CRyqioEb80rXYnkd6JbvCDs9-Pc … h/t to @christieyant #amwriting

#ShouldBeWriting: The Outdoor Co-ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society (NSFW)

It’s a new year. You probably made a writing-related resolution that you should be following through on. Instead, you are here, so allow me to introduce you to The Outdoot Co-ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society: We’re a group of friends, and friends of friends, and friends of friends of friends, and complete strangers, who […]

Cheffo’s Favourites of 2015

Your typical “Best of” list seem to run at least 10 entries and are put out by people who read widely, and with a critical eye. In 2015 I read more widely, and with a more critical eye. I read stories recommended by others, stories by writers whose work I enjoy and stories featured in […]