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Cthulhu F'htagn

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Just picked up this book. Should be good inspiration for the podcast. Thinking of adding the occasional book review as well. Speaking of the podcast, I should be done writing the first few episodes by next weekend, and some of you who submitted work will hear from me no later than May 22. Also, keep sending me stuff! Episodes 1-3 will be recorded by the end of the month, and the first episode will be released on all podcast platforms (that I know about) (but mostly iTunes and sinisterblog.com) on June 24, with additional episodes released every other Saturday. Cthulhu f'htagn!

NYC Midnight short story competition

Somehow, against all conceivable odds, I have made it into the finals of the NYC Midnight short story competition.  Therefore, instead of working on my podcast this weekend, I'll have 24 hours to write a 1,500 word short story on a subject I will have no idea about until it's time to start writing.

I'm blown away that I made it through the first two rounds.  That means I have two short stories that I think are good enough to send out for publication.  Just need to figure out where to send them.

Podcast is on track still - should be able to record the first few and release them before the end of May.  Those of you who have submitted stories - expect to hear from me soon.

Cheers!


Write Sinister - on track and moving forward

I just finished the script/outline for episode 1, in which I will introduce H.P. Lovecraft's definition of "weird fiction" and read "The Nameless City," the first in the Cthulhu mythos cycle, which I think is a good foundational document for the podcast.

I'm still reviewing the stories you've sent me thus far, which are all pretty fantastic.  I'll definitely let you know if and when I'm going to read one of them on air, but look for at least one of them to be featured starting as early as episode 2.

Stay sinister, my friends.

Write Sinister - New details and timeline

I've spent the weekend hammering out my story for the 2nd round of the NYC Midnight competition, but I wanted to update you on development of my new podcast.

I've already received several story submissions, which is beyond awesome, and I'm reviewing them now.  I'd like to thank my good friend Indi Martin (go check out her wonderful artwork) for putting the word out to her networks.

My plan is to get scripts and outlines written for the first three episodes by mid-April, and then record those episodes at the beginning of May.  I'll release one episode per week starting in mid-May.

Things I still need to figure out: 1) Will each podcast be 30 mins or an hour?  2) Will I read someone else's work every episode, or reserve some episodes for discussions and miscellanea?  3) How the heck do I actually use Audacity to make a podcast?  4) Is my voice stupid and terrible?  5) Where do I want to host the thing - here or on a dedicated site? 6) Probably lots of other thi…

Announcing Write Sinister - a new podcast!

Alright, I'm going to start a podcast. And I'd like to read some of your stuff on it! I can't pay you anything, and at first, your stuff will just be thrown into the cosmic aether, unnoticed and unrecognized, as is the case with any podcast starting out. But who knows what might develop in the future?

So send me:

-Stories 3,000 words or under.

-Stories that break genre conventions. Elves and flying cars. Dragons and spaceships. Dungeons and cyborgs. Magic and time travel. Funny noir detective fiction involving imps and alternate universes and a guy named Steve who has three heads. Stories involving a society of sentient cheese. Examples? Read China Mieville, H.P. Lovecraft, Terry Pratchett, Jeff Vandermeer. Listen to Welcome to Night Vale.

-No restrictions on language - say f*ck as many times as you'd like, as long as it's clever. Just make your story grammatically correct and typo-free.

-Let me know how you want me to credit you - name, contact info if you want, copyr…

Podcast?

I'm pondering starting a podcast.  I've been listening to a lot of them lately, especially Cthulhu & Friends, which is a group of people playing a Lovecraftian tabletop game, and I mean, it's so incredibly geeky I can't stand it and I can't stop listening to it. (WARNING: Be aware that Cthulhu & Friends is an "explicit" podcast, and the "explicit" tag is extremely well deserved.  Extremely).

Anyway, I'm pondering starting a podcast.  My initial idea is to have it focus on cross-genre sci-fi/fantasy writing.  I'd read some of my stuff, and then ask you, the three people who read this blog, to send me stuff to read.  I'd also talk about writing and my thoughts relating thereto.  That's kind of all I have right now.  Name ideas - "SinisterCast?"

Thoughts?

Cyberpunk fantasy - or how I learned to stop worrying and combine magic and technology

The short story collection I'm working on takes place in a world I've been working on creating for quite a while. It's not Earth, but it's not a defined "alien" world colonized by humans. It's just another place, like Discworld or Narnia or Westeros. So that makes it fantasy rather than sci fi, right? Also, there's magic in it.

But the world also contains modern/futuristic technology - flying cars, computers, gadgets and gizmos, digital teeth, all of which are powered and operated by a combination of straight up technology and a little bit of magic. Examples:

-Buildings are hexed to be "bigger on the inside" (yes, like Doctor Who but with magic) 

-One of my main characters practices "datamancy," the act of using magic to hack computer systems - she summons "daemons" to infiltrate data systems, crack code, and the like. I'm still figuring out how all that works.

-My main PI character can take an image he has in his mind of…