The State of Social Media (As It Pertains To Writers In Particular)
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by terribleminds
7h ago
This is a post about social media, which is the most boring kind of post. But for writers in particular, it’s an essential one. And here is why: we are at a time when traditional media is a fucking shitshow. In general, sure, but also, specifically as it relates to book stuff. You’ll find far less book coverage than you used to in years past, in part because — at least, as I understand it — a lot of outlets have reduced the staff dedicated to book-related and publishing-related topics, sometimes cutting down to the bone. Unless you’re in the one percent of authors who sell a WHOLE LOTTA BOOKS ..read more
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The Book Of Accidents For Five Bucks? Sure!
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by terribleminds
1w ago
The Book of Accidents is five bucks for your various E-MACHINE CYBERBOOK platforms. Why is this? I don’t know. How long will it last? I’ve zero idea. But it’s true right now, at the moment I type this, and you’ll find this to be the case at Amazon and Kobo and B&N and Apple and all that. So, enter the old house, find your way through the boulder field, down to the old coal mine. Something waits you there. And it’s $4.99 ..read more
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Cover Reveal: Black River Orchard, Coming September 26th, 2023, from Del Rey Books
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by terribleminds
1w ago
Stand fast root, bear well top Pray the God send us a howling good crop. Every twig, apples big. Every bough, apples now. — Apple Wassail song, 19th century Sussex, Surrey This is the apple in your hand. Some would say it is so red that it looks black, but that’s not quite right. It’s the color of wine and offal, of liver soaked in Pinot Noir. Bruise-dark and blood-bright. The skin shows little russeting, if any. But it is home to a peppering of lenticels—the little white dots you sometimes see on appleskin. These lenticels feel somehow deeper than the skin itself. As if you are staring into ..read more
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Reminder: B&N Bethlehem, This Weekend
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by terribleminds
2w ago
That’s the news, hoopy froods — a reminder that my rescheduled B&N Easton/Bethlehem appearance is this very weekend. I’ll be at B&N in what they call Bethlehem but I think is kinda sorta Easton — it’s this store right here. I’ll be there at 1pm! I’ll sign books! I’ll talk! I’ll dance! I won’t dance! It’ll be great ..read more
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Wanderers: On Sale Today, $2.99 At Your Major E-Monger Book Receptacles
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by terribleminds
1M ago
That’s it, really, that’s the post — WANDERERS is on sale! $2.99 at your major e-book platforms. So if you haven’t checked it out, now’s yer chance. And if you have checked it out and care to spread the word, that’d be awfully nifty. The links, if you need ’em: Kobo B&N Apple Google Play Amazon Aaaand of course if you do check it out, especially at this oh-so-shiny price point, it would be utter aces of you to leave a review somewhere. A nice review. A pretty, precious review. *pets the review* *stares at you* (Plus, if you read WANDERERS, then you have the sequel, WAYWARD, waiting for yo ..read more
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Eat Shit, Robots! (Or: “No, The Absolute Intrusion Of Artificial Intelligence Is Not Inevitable”)
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by terribleminds
1M ago
On this, the first ‘official’ morning of 2023 (meaning, a work morning), I read an article, as one does, at Bookseller: “AI narration is inevitable.” Written by Mark Piesing, it argues that AI narration is already very good and will only improve, that it’s cheap-as-free, that human narration is not necessarily better, and so on and so forth. (It also begins with a paragraph suggesting the writer is stung because people praise the audiobook narration done for his own work, but do not instead praise the writing he did for said book, which is an awfully strange way to begin the opinion piece, as ..read more
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Writer’s Resolution 2023: Mounting An Aggressive Defense
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by terribleminds
1M ago
(If you’d care to read last year’s 2022 resolution — here ’tis.) This year’s resolution is simple on the surface, if difficult to implement: Be vigorous in your defense of your work. Now, already I want to be clear that I don’t mean “defend it against bad reviews” or “against healthy criticism” or “editors” or whatever. So, let’s unpack what I do mean. As a writer, everyone wants a piece of you. They treat the act of writing as an unserious endeavor, failing to see it as the result of the three corners of art, craft and work. It’s something anyone can do, they think. You’re replaceable. None ..read more
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The Death And Rebirth Of A Year: What Happened In 2022, What May Happen In 2023
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by terribleminds
1M ago
TIME HAS SUCCESSFULLY PASSED, I say, though I don’t find nearly as much evidence of that as I’d like. My wife compared Pandemic Time to defragging your hard drive — the relevant data bits are fewer, and so they get juggled together to free up space, which makes time and memory collapse and crumble in really weird, off-putting ways. I definitely exist, mentally, in this strange in-between zone. It is, I expect, purely the nature of the pandemic that has caused this — I am increasingly aware that the pandemic made us all Definitely Not Okay, and that there are a great many tremors and temblors r ..read more
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I Saw The Blue Goat Cat Fish People Sequel Movie, And It Was Definitely A Movie That I Saw
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by terribleminds
1M ago
I have a theory as to why people kept going back to see the first Avatar in the theaters, and it has nothing to do with the beautiful CGI world or the powerful 3D effects. It has everything to do with simply trying to remember the thing you just spent a lot of money and time to see. I mean, that’s the joke, right? The first movie was one of the biggest movies of all time, and yet left very little imprint on our pop culture consciousness. We don’t meme it. We don’t talk about it. We don’t think much about it. We can’t remember the character’s names. And so, I’m wondering now, did we return to ..read more
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The Bird Site Is Fucked
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by terribleminds
1M ago
It is, I think, the sensation of a phantom limb: it itches, the limb that doesn’t exist anymore, and so I want to scratch it even though nothing will ever satisfy or resolve that sensation. It’s like how I sometimes want to call one of my parents even though moments later I am reminded, “That’s right, they’re both dead.” This is Twitter for me at this point. It’s a severed limb, a dead place, a broken tooth, and yet the old urge to poke at it remains present. So I go over there, even though I’m mostly gone from it, and I rubberneck — and oh boy, there’s always something to rubberneck. Twitter ..read more
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