Category: Jumbled Thoughts

“The River Mouth” by Karen Herbert, is highly problematic.

I first heard of this book through the Writing WA newsletter, who are really quite great about pimping new books by local authors. Then one of the Big Reader September Author Talks came to my local library with the author of The River Mouth, Karen Herbert, David Whish-Wilson (one of my faves) and Dave Warner, a legitimate Rock Star. Warner ran the microphone and was really quite entertaining. David WW was every bit the introvertLearn More

Why most authors have a “look”.

I’ve noticed this for a long time and I think I’ve finally figured a few things out about the Book Publishing Industry and some of its inner-workings. On one side, we’ve always known that Video Killed the Radio Star. Which is a polite way of saying that fat and/or unattractive people aren’t really stars based on their talents any more. You have to be a bit nice to look at too. This isn’t 100% true,Learn More

Still looking for “community”

S’funny to have a rant all ready in my head and then sit down and check the last entry only to see I’ve already written it. Must mean it’s a real thing then. Every post, every tweet, every email newsletter I get, even if they’re ostensibly about “helping” me become a published author, they ALL WANT MONEY from some method or another. There will be a nice, long article about character development or some shitLearn More

The Writer’s Community

I never wanted to come to the point where I piss and moan about The Internet, but I’m at the end of my rope with Writer’s Communities online. I risk looking as foolish as claiming we wore onions on our belts (which was the fashion of the time) when I talk about how it was Back In The Day, but things are so different now. And they’re not necessarily better. I used to be aLearn More

The Miles Franklin Award

I want to stress that I have nothing against the Miles Franklin Award, as I see only positive things about it. I just don’t feel like it should be so… celebrated. I mean, your book is published and Out There and being read. Why is it so important after that, that you get $60,000? Maybe I’m being myopic about it all, but when I watched the winners being announced on stream and heard one pastLearn More

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