Posts Tagged ‘wtf’

One thing that makes me put down a book or a submission is a world where the behavior of the inhabitant doesn’t bear any resemblance to what you can expect of people as a whole with a their cultural history. The Pearl Harbor attack affected the American psyche because it was the first attack on […]

Good Day, I’ve had the privilege of meeting many very smart, talented and interesting people in the years I’ve attended conventions and been part of the professional end. It’s been an undiluted pleasure to meet people like Elizabeth Bear, David Drake, and Lois McMaster Bujold. I’ve met artists and editors, publisher, agents and publicists. The […]

Creator Convienient Content

Posted: 15th October 2012 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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There are lots of forms of this, in writing there’s the ancestral sword that happens to be sharper and stronger than normal metal. My absolute least favorite is the plot convenient personality traits. The character who has an issue with authority so big they pick fights with anyone who tries to direct them. Most of […]

Some reviews are bad, but ok because they just show the reader picked up the wrong book. I’ve done it, some books just aren’t for me and I can recognize this. I grok that not everyone thinks the same, or likes the same things. Romances, or novels that spend more wordage on emotional exploration than […]

I’m going to start off with a shocking and possibly even blasphemous fact about the publishing industry.   The Publishing industry is an entertainment enterprise. Just like comic books, movies, television, major league sports and music. People turn to fiction, and some forms of non fiction for entertainment. A handy definition of entertainment is: “something […]

Question of The Day: Updated

Posted: 27th February 2012 by onyxhawke in Question of the Day
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Is it just plain silly, or delightfully ironic that someone has post a manual on how to get nasal decongestant out of meth? It is probably just as easy to find meth in some places, and unlike sending your kid to the corner store for an effective cold medicine where they couldn’t show the goobermint […]

I was tripping the light fantastic across the internet and came across this fantastic piece of work: That Time We Beat the Americansa piece of writing by a Canadian, referencing the War of 1812. The logical faults of the article are legion, but for a quick look at them: Canada wasn’t even Canada then. It […]

Sorry for the long absence, nothing I’ve thought of related to writing and publishing has arrived in my head lately that wasn’t fit to peel paint and melt the steel or concrete behind it. I’ll be delving into politics today, with the reminder that I am not a member of any political party. One of […]

Espresso Book Machine

Posted: 25th October 2011 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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I’ve been watching the instant print machines for years. The first time I heard of one was about ten years ago. I was really expecting them to take off then well, instantly. With all the other things done instantly (or claimed to be done instantly) or at least quickly they idea that a book that’s […]

Rant Ahead: Waste of Science

Posted: 13th September 2011 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Dear Idiots, Please stop using science as the medium in which you open your mouth and remove all doubt. I know you probably didn’t make the connection that keyboards, and “research papers” can be a very effective tool for painting “fool” across ones forehead, but it is so. It is so so in fact that […]

I Am Not A Wall

Posted: 20th April 2011 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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There are times when I become convinced that people who send me their work think they are trying to cook spaghetti and not get a book published. These people have me half convinced my submission guidelines are all written using Polish words, Bantu grammar, and that they still only appear on my website about as […]

Thanks Stacey.

Agent’s Value

Posted: 13th November 2009 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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There have been a few posts lately about the value of agents across the internet. Some by agents, some by writers who love their agents, and some by people who seem to think agents are on the far side child molesters on their list of favorite kinds of people. Leaving completely aside the debate of […]

Popping Pop

Posted: 16th May 2009 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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The text below was written a while back for a psychology class. It was written with no thoughts to the issues of my last post, but it does have some neat tie ins when you look at what is being done and how.  

This months tempest in a tea-cup is based on the thin skin of people who might be the topic of discussion. That’s right ladies, gentlemen, writers and readers of all ages, we’re talking Queryfail. A great summary of the event is posted by Jim MacDonald over at Making Light, and while there’s not much to […]

Oh Joy

Posted: 7th March 2009 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Not that I’ve been around much lately, but expect me not to be reading anyone’s LJ for a few days until the current round of "X is a racist. Y is a bigot. Z is a fathead just stirring shit up is over." There are two reasons for this: 1) Drama is a nice thing […]

I’m not sure I’ll ever figure out the publishing industry. Leaving aside some of the arcane intricacies of how things are paid for, and the interesting paths a book may take from writer to publisher to book stores, there are all sorts of weird things going on. The latest and at least to me most […]

Facebook’s new TOS

Posted: 16th February 2009 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Facebook’s current terms of service give them the right to do what they wish with any content you post for as long as you leave it up. This means your stories, pictures, wall conversations and comments on other peoples notes. I’ve already stopped feeding my LiveJournal into Facebook and won’t restore it until they have […]

Does your book sound like this?

Posted: 13th February 2009 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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If so, revising may be a good idea. Thank you Darius.

This video reminded me of some of the stories I’ve seen that have rather sharply juxtaposed elements, some working well, some working horribly most working for only a very small slice of the market. I suspect this video falls into one of the latter to categories. Thanks Mel See more funny videos and funny pictures […]