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Tags: Brian Koscienski, Chris Pisano, Drunken Comic Book Monkeys, Fortress Publishing
Tags: Barnum's Revenge, Fur Face, Garden State Speculative Fiction Writers, Jon Gibbs, writing
Writer Jon Gibbs recently contributed a piece that I think is worth reading for any aspiring writer. He gave me permission to repost it here. And once you finish reading this post, be sure to check out his Website and his blog, both of which have a lot of informative and entertaining stuff.
So take it away Jon …
Give Yourself Permission to Fail
by Jon Gibbs
For many writers, rejections are a bit like a trips to the dentist. We’ll do almost anything to avoid them, rather than risk getting bad news.
You can understand someone being afraid of dentists (I know I am), but why fear rejection? What’s so terrible about someone passing up the chance to publish your work?
I think it’s partly because, no matter how much we like to pretend we don’t care, it hurts to have a story turned down.
And so it should. If you don’t care if your story gets accepted, why submit it there in the first place?
But I believe there’s more to it than worrying about the sting of being told ‘No thank you’ by someone you’ve probably never met.
A rejection, especially when we’re starting out, is a hammer blow to our self-confidence. The bad news for would-be writers is that you’re going to get rejected, probably quite a lot. If getting published is important to you, those rejections are going to hurt.
The good news is that it gets easier. The more knocks you take, the tougher you’ll get, and if you make the effort to improve your craft, if you’re willing to recognize your mistakes and learn from them there’s a good chance that you will get published.
So go on, give yourself permission to fail. Take a deep breath and pitch that story.
One day, your dream will thank you.
Born in England, Jon Gibbs now lives in New Jersey, where he is the founder of The New Jersey Authors’ Network (www.njauthorsnetwork.com) and FindAWritingGroup.com, Jon’s middle grade fantasy, “Fur-Face” (Echelon Press), was nominated for a Crystal Kite Award. The sequel, “Barnum’s Revenge,” is scheduled for release in February, 2013.
Jon has a website: www.acatofninetales.com and a blog: http://jongibbs.livejournal.com. When he’s not chasing around after his three children, he can usually be found hunched over the computer in his basement office. One day he hopes to figure out how to switch it on.
Tags: boob, Dick, dirty nurses, FEMA coded road signs, French sperm, hot beef infection, Revenge of the Nerds, Search engine optimization, topless cheerleaders
Well, it’s happened again. Week after week, two blog entries I’ve written get the most views.
This one deals with a bizarre conspiracy theory about coded messages from FEMA on the backs of road signs. I used it to explore a hypothesis of mine regarding the nature of conspiracy theories, which is that they’re essentially the result of a pattern recognition impulse gone haywire.
But this one gets by far the most views. In it, I examine the way that one’s values can change gradually over a span of decades, to a point where popular entertainment once regarded as innocuous can later seem offensive. As an example, I cite the movie “Revenge of the Nerds,” which features ostensibly sympathetic characters engaging in exploitative behavior toward women such as surreptitiously taking topless photos of cheerleaders with hidden cameras.
And week after week, according to the metrics helpfully provided by Word Press, variations of two search terms garner the most views on this blog: “FEMA road signs conspiracy” and “topless cheerleaders.” (more…)
Tags: Eva Halloween, The Year of Halloween
I should be doing more of this — spotlighting blogs I enjoy reading.
If you like “Chamber of the Bizarre,” I assume you like Halloween. I mean — it’s cool if you don’t. I just assume that nobody visits a blog called “Chamber of the Bizarre” in search of tasteful home decoration tips.
Anyway, if you ARE a fan of Halloween, do yourself a favor and check out “The Year of Halloween,” brought to you by haunted hostess Eva Halloween. The subtitle “All the Halloween You Can Handle” pretty much sums it up. Enjoy.
You may notice a lack of thematic consistency for Chamber of the Bizarre. I hope you can live with that. As I mentioned in a recent post, the subject of this blog is basically whatever the hell I happen to be interested in at the moment.
One subject I’ve been interested in ever since the Ultimate Fighting Championship started airing in the U.S. is mixed martial arts. A few years back, I used to follow it pretty closely. I don’t really have time to follow it anymore, but I still enjoy it whenever I have time to catch a match .
For my money, there isn’t a more exciting or fascinating sport on the planet. (And yes, it IS a sport. You haters out there are going to have to get used to that sooner or later.)
So I’d like to put in a plug for my friend Ted Czech’s video channel and blog: “MMA Explosion.” It’s a great source for MMA news in general. And if you’re interested in MMA news specific to the northeastern U.S., it’s literally the best information source out there.
Here, Ted weighs in on the upcoming UFC 152. It should be exciting. But then again, aren’t they all?
And here’s a link to his blog:
Tags: Codorus Press, erotica, Immaculate Deception, science fiction, Scott Pruden
Once again, I join the talented and charming Carlette Norwood Ritter for her “Lette’s Chat” broadcast. Here we interview Scott Pruden, author of the satirical science fiction novel “Immaculate Deception.” How is being a book lover these days like being an indie music fan back in the day? Can men really write erotica? Is junior high more survivable for the young science fiction geeks of today? And what are some creative uses for grapes? Listen and find out.
Tags: blog talk radio, Carlette Norwood Ritter, Dracula, Jonathan Maberry, Lette's Chat, vampires
My friend Carlette found my previous blog entry about the book “The Vampire Slayers’ Field Guide to the Undead” intriguing, so she decided to make it the subject of one of her blog talk radio broadcasts. And she graciously (foolishly?) asked me to sit in. Give it a listen if you want:
Tags: flash fiction, ghostly hitchhiker, Horror story, Microhorror
Yaaaay! I got a story published on a Website called “Microhorror.” The gimmick is that every story on the site has to be horror fiction that’s 666 words or fewer in length. I found writing that short to be quite a challenge. So I’ve been doubly impressed with the consistently high quality of the submissions.
All of the stories I’d seen on there were serious. Mine, obviously, is a spoof. I didn’t really expect it to be accepted, and was pleasantly surprised when it was. Here’s the link:
Tags: Blogs, Mind of Ferg, tech blog
Hi. My name is Tom, and I’m a 45-year-old technological illiterate who still hasn’t figured out DVD players, much less all this newfangled post-P.C. stuff. Fortunately, there’s a place I can go to acquire a semblance of tech savvy. “The Mind of Ferg.”
This is a blog by my very gifted friend Doug Ferguson. Doug was into this stuff back in the days when personal computing was an obscure subculture. And a younger, mulleted version of yours truly used to give him a hard time about being into some dorky hobby that was CLEARLY of no practical use to anyone. Yes, I was a moron.
Anyway, after a hiatus, “Mind of Ferg” is back. Check it out for useful information presented in a way that even somebody like me can understand it.
Here’s the link: