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WTF?

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So, I did something rash.

Back in 2012 I shut Bookninja down to concentrate on my personal life and writing. When I started the site in 2003 with Pete, there was very little else like it. Dennis, Jessa, Maud, Mark and a few others were all doing it, but it was mostly American-centred and I wanted something similar for good old Glacierland. But after 8 years, the comments section was often toxic and it seemed to me at the time that many other blogs had sprung up, that could do just as good a job. Why not let younger, more interesting folk might take up the mantel on their various blogs?

Over the last couple years, though, I realized that the unmitigated dumpster-fire known as “The Literary World” had driven me completely underground. I could barely read the news, much less comment on it. I hate living like that.

Recently I realized that when my kids ask me what to do when they feel out of place or under siege by life, I say things like: “Well, then create your own space” and “Time to sally forth with your troops and break the siege.” Which kind of makes me a hypocrite for hiding for seven years.

Further, I feel like I was always out of the loop in terms of what’s happening in the world. Bookninja gave me a chance to go out and seek out daily news that I was interested in.

So, this is me not being a hypocrite anymore. And me trying to “get out” more.

Besides the technical pieces (the new WordPress is bizarre and scary to me), the literary news landscape has changed while I was gone, so please send me stories you think I’m missing. There’s a tips link above that you can send through. Even anonymously.

My goal is to post a few things each day that I find interesting, using the same character/voice I used to use, but tempered by the existential dread I’ve come to rely on in my day-to-day decision making. I’m doing this for me, people. Not you.

Well, a little bit you.

Hope you enjoy. We’ll see how long it lasts! Now to not burn out.

(The old site is lost to time, but there’s a capture at The Wayback Machine, if you’re interested.)

"There is no great writing, only great rewriting"
Justice Brandeis

Random picks

  • Orphans of the Secret War is a page turner. Bruce King's story talks about how the bold North Vietnamese army started it all in the 1960s. Communism was spreading, and the North Vietnamese Army began exploring the possibilities of spreading its wings in the Southeast Asian region; to win its independence and rid their land of foreign rule for the last time.
  • Warning: Hacks for Hacks tips may have harmful side effects on your writing career, and should not be used by minors, adults, writers, poets, scribes, scriveners, journalists, or anybody. Most writers dream of making it big. But what does “making it” mean, exactly? The answer is different for everyone. There are lots of resources about how writers can make money and improve their craft, but today I want to focus on every writer’s purest motivation: to gain the validation, attention, and admiration of important and attractive people. That’s right, Famous Author Bill Ferris is talking about...
  • A blog master wears many hats when it comes to maintaining the site. Blog posting is probably the most recognizable function any blogger has but there are also other roles they must fill of equal importance! Read more to discover the 3 other important roles a blogger has that helps encourage reader participation on their site.
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  • photo by kissabug Last month we talked about the trap that unsuspecting writers are encouraged to walk right into, nay wholeheartedly embrace, from Kindergarten on. And that is: to come up with a “premise” that is out of the ordinary – think: Jane woke up one morning to discover she’s an alien – and then begin writing a story to see what happens. And hey, that is pretty dramatic, right? Lots of things might happen. So many things that instead of being liberating, it’s paralyzing. Especially since neutral “what ifs” like this lack the elements that every compelling story needs. For instance,...

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