Archive for February, 2008

Bittercon! Announcement!

Posted: 17th February 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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I declare a Bittercon for this weekend. It will start at 3pm eastern time on 2/15 and run through 2/17 at 10pm et or so… What con am I bitter about missing? Boskone! http://www.nesfa.org/boskone/ So for those interested in joining, pick a topic or two, post! Then post a link here in the comments for […]

And now for something totally different!

Posted: 16th February 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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    Last night as I was for some inexplicable reason watching Celebrity Rehab and thinking about what to post for Bittercon., i was struck by a thought. That thought was struck by a question. After filing assault charges and a brief flirtation with a civil suit, I decided that I’d go with thought, that I’d […]

Brain Fodder!!

Posted: 13th February 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Today we feed the brain. Tough Clothes http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7038686.stm Power Suits http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7241040.stm Hot air car? http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7241909.stm Interstellar hotspot http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080103.wsaturn0103/BNStory/Science/home Whole lotta sweat http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080205.wsptgator4ptr/BNStory/Science/home That’s just batty http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7243502.stm Don’t be stupid http://madmikein08.com/stupid.html

I was talking to a writer friend tonight about him doing a new character. I asked him what he knew about his character? This ties in really well with some of the points that Laura Gilman, myself and others made at Arisia about building characters because the more you know about your characters, the better […]

Winter Workout – First stage done

Posted: 11th February 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Everyone should have received either a “Still reading after one.” or a critique form by now. If you haven’t, either post here with the title of your book, or use the contact form on my website to let me know. A lot of interesting projects this year. Some were very hard to say no to, […]

Work Reward by Intelligent Thorough Execution.

Wow! What a response, it looks like there’s about a twenty five percent increase over last year. And quality wise, i think the percent that made it past chapter one is almost absurdly high. Right now, I’m probably going to do the one that’s open and then call it a day. Yes I know I’m […]

Winter Workout – Mid day

Posted: 6th February 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Well, my slushing muscles are in good shape, I’m working at something comfortably over one sub per hour. So far there’s been nothing wretched, and nothing that made me struggle to finish the chapter. When I get a chance tomorrow or so I’ll probably go over any common issues with the submissions.

We are now under four hours from when I start reading. The turnout is looking like it will be even better than last year. Better still it looks like a better mix of genres as well. I’m well stocked with submissions, coke, vodka, mixers, and and junk food. There’s chicken in the fridge, and chili […]

Winter Workout inbox now open

Posted: 4th February 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Let the madness begin. The Winter Workout is here and you may now submit. You may also tell ten friends, or even twenty. Cheers, Mike

The weirdest ones…

Posted: 3rd February 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Someone asked what the oddest submission i’ve ever gotten was. Great question, i needed something to blither talk about in this space. So… The science fictions ones stories that make not just interesting addendums to the laws of nature as we know them are always ah, eye opening to say the least, I can’t call […]

Ravencon!

Posted: 3rd February 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Yeeee-Ha!! I’ve got my flight to Ravencon booked. You should book yours too.

Rejection letters

Posted: 2nd February 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Last piece before bed: Bad Writer! No Agent! My website clearly states I do not do query letters. Mike