Archive for February, 2014

5 Stars: “Wool” by Hugh Howey

Posted: 26th February 2014 by Jason Kristopher in Books
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5 stars for one of the best sci-fi books I’ve ever read, from an author who’s blazing a trail for the rest of us.

4 Stars: “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson

Posted: 24th February 2014 by Jason Kristopher in Books
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From Back in America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. The AT offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakes—and to a writer with the comic genius of Bill Bryson, it […]

The Rising Tide of Bad Self-Published Books

Posted: 21st February 2014 by Jason Kristopher in Publishing
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Yes, I started out as a self-published author. The Dying of the Light: End was, in every single respect, a self-published book. And yes, things were a lot different back in The Beforetime (aka 2011). Of course, since then, I started Grey Gecko Press with some friends, and am officially published in every real sense that […]

From iO9: Six experts talk about what bugs them about alien planets in science fiction.

4 stars for this Aztec murder mystery. Take great action, throw in some suspense and a fascinating historical setting, and you have a recipe for one of the most unique books I’ve read in years.

“How to Write for a Living” by James Altucher

Posted: 18th February 2014 by Jason Kristopher in On Writing, The Craft
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Altucher’s book Choose Yourself! is on my list of books to read. It’s about 7th in the pile at the moment. I’ve never read his blog before today, or any of his other work, but now I will. Why? Because he wrote this: How to Write for a Living If you’re at all interested in writing, go […]

The Benefit of a Critique Group

Posted: 18th February 2014 by Jason Kristopher in My Work, On Writing, The Craft
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I joined a critique group last month in the hopes of writing faster, even with my limited time. The name of this group is so exceedingly appropriate, I had no choice but to join: Team Armageddon. I kinda skated by with last month’s submissions, using what I’d already written for The Dying of the Light: Beginning. […]

Hemingway – the App, not the Author

Posted: 14th February 2014 by Jason Kristopher in On Writing
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I have the image to your left here blown up and framed on my wall, because I think it’s great. Whether or not it’s actually true for my writing, I cannot say. Well, I can say, but I won’t. Names changed to protect the foolish, and all that. I’ve never read any of his books — I […]

“The Walking Dead Escape” Experience

Posted: 9th February 2014 by Jason Kristopher in Zombies
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…is coming to Houston. The Walking Dead Escape is an obstacle course that you can run either as a survivor, a zombie, or both. You can also just watch, but who wants to ‘just watch’ all the fun? As a walker, you get your makeup done by professional makeup artists, and get to spend a couple […]

Write Some Science Fiction for i09… in Only Six Words

Posted: 3rd February 2014 by Jason Kristopher in On Writing
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iO9 is asking readers to contribute six-word sci-fi stories once more. Hop on over to their page and check out some fascinating story gems from folks around the world!