Friday, March 26, 2010

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Makes me want to edit photos for no reason

I'm not a photographer by any stretch, but seeing this new feature--which is an upcoming release for Adobe Photoshop--makes me want to get it just to mess around with pictures and see how much I can change them. Hooray for technology!

Check out the video of the new Content-Aware fill feature. Trusting our eyes has now become even more impossible. The video starts of a bit basic, so skip ahead a bit to see the really impressive editing.



Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Featured on WEbook

A fun side note this week. I've posted a bit about WEbook, an online writing community with tools to help writers submit queries to agents, and also their ongoing Page-to-Fame contest, where readers rate manuscript pages and chapters to advance them through each stage.

WEbook's March newsletter has a sidebar for a featured member, and I got picked to show up there this month. I'm enjoying my experience with WEbook and the P2F contest has been fun as well. My first pages are being moved to the second round where I will post a first chapter to be rated. Let's see how far this all goes.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Author Peter Watts found guilty

The verdict is in, and it isn't a happy one. Canadian science fiction author Peter Watts, who was beaten and arrested by border guards when traveling back home from the US, was found guilty in the charge of having assaulted those border guards.

Further info on the case and people's responses on my Speculative Fiction Examiner page.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Background noise

I know it's been kinda quiet around here lately. Partly it's because of some freelancing work I picked up that has eaten up the hours. Progress is also being made on my latest manuscript, though slower than I'd hoped.

In the meantime, here's a recent interview I did with David Louis Edelman, science fiction author of the Jump 225 series. I also did a review of the last book in his trilogy, Geosynchron, which just came out.

What's been happening in your world?

Monday, February 08, 2010

How to kill your (imaginary) friends

After discovering this blog, I knew I had to pass it on for anyone who hasn't heard of it yet. How To Kill Your Imaginary Friends is run by Dr. Grasshopper, who is a med student finishing his residency, and also a sci-fi/fantasy author. He got tired of seeing all the inaccurate ways injuries, death and medical procedures are misrepresented in books and movies and decided to do something about it--post the proper details and show how they can be best used in story scenes.

So far, he discusses why not to shock a flatlining patient, proper ways of tapping spinal fluid, and how to starve the bloodstream of oxygen.

He won't write your story for you, or create some detailed disease or murder process to fit your plot, but he's more than willing to (potentially) post some facts that might help you do research on your own.

Enjoy!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Sci-fi flash fiction contest

For anyone who has read this blog for a bit, you'll notice my participation in the Clarity of Night short-short fiction contest (taking an honorable mention in the last round) which comes around every so often. I find flash fiction a great challenge, plus it's way faster than writing a novel, so the sense of accomplishment isn't as much of a time investment.

Anyways, now there's another flash fiction contest that's been announced lately, geared towards science fiction. Hilobrow magazine wants submissions that are no longer than 250 words and center on a troubled superhuman. Below are the guidelines and details as found on their website.


CONTEST: Hilobrow.com readers are INVITED TO SUBMIT a short-short (250 words maximum) story about a troubled/troubling superman or -woman.

JUDGES: The stories will be judged by Hilobrow.com editors Matthew Battles, author of several SF stories published on this website, and Joshua Glenn, who writes about pre-Golden Age SF for io9.com; and Hilobrow.com contributor Matthew De Abaitua, whose 2009 novel The Red Men was short-listed for the Arthur C. Clarke award.

PRIZES: The author of the winning story will receive a Hilobrow t-shirt, and his or her story will be recorded as part of our podcast (see below) and also published on this site. A few honorable mentions will be awarded; those stories will also be published.

PODCAST: Next month, Hilobrow.com will record the 2nd episode of our pre-Golden Age science fiction podcast, “Parallel Universe: Pazzo.” (Click here to listen to excerpts from the 1st episode; theme: ROBOTS.) The 2nd episode will be devoted to fiction about SUPERMEN, from Olaf Stapledon’s Odd John to Hugo Gernsback’s Ralph 124C41+ to Philip Wylie’s Gladiator.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR STORY: Publish it to the comments section of this post, no later than 5 pm EST on Monday, February 15th. Don’t include any personal info besides your name (i.e., no phone number, mailing address, website, etc). You must enter your actual email address when posting, but only the editors of this website will be able to see it. The author retains all rights to his or her story; but Hilobrow.com retains the right to publish/record the story as described above.

WHO’S ELIGIBLE: anyone, including Hilobrow.com contributors and friends.

GUIDELINES: No more than 250 words, and only one story per author. NB: The superman or -woman should not be a caped crusader type. Many of the first fictional supermen were portrayed by their creators as homo superior, an evolved human whose superiority was mental, physical, or both. Stapledon, Wylie, and many other authors of the time agreed the superman — whose values and worldview the rest of us can’t share, or even comprehend — would seem cold, inhuman, alien, or worse. Even, or especially when, he or she is trying to help us. However, a few authors took a rosier view of the superman; Gernsback’s Ralph 124C41+, for example, is a scientist whose inventions help ordinary mortals. Read more about troubled & troubling superhumans here.

How to give advice to a writer

Hat tip to Colleen Lindsay for this hilarious video of how to work as a literary agent and provide feedback for your author.




Friday, January 22, 2010

IGMS new episode is up!

Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show has published its latest issue, containing my short story, Odd Jobs.


There's a snippet of the story available here, along with this great illustration. Excited to see this story released. Thanks to everyone from OWW and otherwise whose feedback contributed to a stronger final version.