Attempting to Define the Pulp Revolution: What It Is and What It Is Not

The Pulp Revolution and the focus on Appendix N fiction are to me the most exciting thing out in SF&F right now. It has greatly influenced my current writing by inspiring me to go back and apply the same adventure and excitement from my childhood imagination to new and modern themes.

The “Pulp Revolution” seems to be met with confusion, misunderstanding, and conflation when those unfamiliar with what is going on first catch wind of it. As such, I wanted to try to def…

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Conquest of Paradise

This is a game I want to try. I like the Pacific Ocean Polynesian theme. Tropical islands, canoes, cool villages. This review makes me want to play it even more.

When I was a kid, I remember watching the most awesome movie called The Gods Must Be Crazy. It was a South African made comedy that featured the story of Xi and his tribe of bushmen who are “living well off the land” in the Kalahari Desert. They are happy because they believe the gods have provided […]

via The Gods Must Be Crazy! A Review of Conquest of Paradise 2nd Edition by GMT Games — The Players’ Aid




Larry Correia Writing Advice

Correia just posted about dialog and audiobooks. Worth the read and so is going back through his older posts on writing.

The Ask Correia posts come about because people would ask me writing related questions, and my answers wound up big enough to turn into blog posts. This one was a little different because it came from a conversation I was having with one of the directors at Audible. He was teaching a seminar about how…

via Ask Correia #17: Writing for the Ear, Tweaking Your Writing To Work Better in Audiobook Form — Monster Hunter Nation

Grimdark Magazine(Issue #4)

I continue my reviews of Grimdark Magazine. This issue had some good stuff in it.

Grimdark Alliance

We continue our ongoing review retrospective of Grimdark Magazine with Issue #4 published in the summer of 2015. Like previous issues, this one has four short stories, two novel excerpts, two interviews, one book review, and one short article. grimdarkmagazine4

The standout non-fiction piece is the article by John R. Fultz. Its main thesis is that modern Grimdark fiction is the direct descendent of pulp era Sword & Sorcery. A thesis I fully agree with. Grimdark, at least how I see it has more in common with Conan the Barbarian than Frodo Baggins. This article is the perfect example of what I want from Grimdark Magazine. Intelligent pieces that help develop the intellectual foundation of the subgenre.

The Short Stories:

In Brazen Dreams by Matthew Ward. Outstanding, easily one tied for the top of the hill with Lawrence’s issue one piece. This story has betrayal, murder, isolation, loss of control…

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NaNoWriMo and The Simpsons — Brink’s Chaos Theory

A great post on the perspective of writing perfection. I’m guilty of making perfection the enemy of my progress. I wait around for the perfect time, the perfect idea, the perfect mood, and instead of a great or even mediocre piece I end up with nothing. Give this a read, well worth it.

With the National Novel Writing Month on at the same time as FXX’s 600-episode Simpsons marathon, I figure now was a good time to writing down the “Simpsons Writing Theory” that I’ve been thinking about for a while now. It really goes back to the pulp writers of old and the teachings of modern-day writing […]

via NaNoWriMo and The Simpsons — Brink’s Chaos Theory