The Silence Is Deafening

Will do this for my next publishing project.

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One of the joys associated with e-books is the fact that most are accessible to people with a visual impairment. As a blind book lover who is not able to read print I relish my ability to read e-books either on my Kindle or using the Kindle app on my iPad, via the text to speech facility (on the Kindle) or by Apple’s in-built screen reader, Voiceover on my iPad.

I was disappointed to find that a book recommended to me by an acquaintance (and available in the Kindle store) does not have the text to speech facility enabled thereby rendering my purchase of the title in question pointless as I would be unable to read the work in question.

As an author I can understand the legitimate desire of writers to protect their work from copyright theft. All of my books are Digital Rights Management (DRM) protected rendering them…

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The Abruptness of Storytelling

This is a cross-post from The Unicorn Blues. Lately I’ve been thinking about different ways you can tell a story, and how abrupt tonal shifts and/or endings shouldn’t always be considered flaws. No matter what kind of story you’re telling, it is somewhat going to echo life around you; life with its rapid tonal shifts... Continue Reading →

Movie Recommendation: Hansel and Gretel (2007)

No, I'm not going back on my rants against Disneyfucation of good folk and fairy tales with this review. That's something I can't ever see happening. No, this time I'm here to tell you of a regrettably little-known Korean horror film, Hansel and Gretel (헨젤과 그레텔). If you enjoy anything like the other surreal science... Continue Reading →

Novel Writing as TV Competition

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And so the Italian state TV, RAI, decided to do what everybody said would be a bad idea – a talent show for writers.

They gathered 5000 “aspiring writers”, who submitted 5000 manuscripts, and then they did the classic reality/talent routine.
They set up a judging panel of three popular novelists, and let the circus begin.
For the winner, a promised print run of 100.000 copies through a major publisher.

100.000 copies, in a country in which the average citizen reads 0.73 books per year, and 5000 copies are considered an solid success for a well-established author.

The show is ugly.
Granted, a reality show is probably supposed to be vulgar and simplistic, but here we go a lot farther than usual along that road.

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WtF a Fantasy Podcast #18 – Romantic Fantasy

Last night on the broadcast we talked about romantic fantasy and a little bit about romance in general. Some of the authors we mentioned were Neil Gaiman, Brandon Sanderson, Jacqueline Carey, and Elizabeth Haydon. There are going to be a massive amount of notes for this (which will be added later when I’m not so... Continue Reading →

Movie Review: We Are What We Are

This is a day or two after Hallowe'en, but I don't recall ever thinking that we had to limit ourselves. Horror, the unknown, the supernatural, the all-too-natural... all of that happens year-round. Segregating horror to one month a year, or the eight dark hours of the day, sometimes makes it easier to deal with and... Continue Reading →

WtF a Fantasy Podcast #17 – NaNoWriMo Special

Last night on the broadcast we talked about National Novel Writing Month! We discussed our history and past experiences with NaNoWriMo as well as some of the fun things to get involved in within the NaNo community. We also talked about what our projects are for this year’s NaNoWriMo. Curious to see what we’re writing?... Continue Reading →

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