I grew up in a town so small that traffic lights were, and still are, completely unnecessary. There were seven bars, but to balance things out, there were also seven churches. Main street was only a couple of blocks long. There were only about 80 kids grade 7-12 when I was in school, and that number has since dropped to around forty or so. I started shooting a rifle when I was four, just like all of the other country kids, and I started driving about the same time. (No lie.)
According to the latest census, seventy-nine percent of the U.S. population lives in urban/suburban areas. I don't know if seventy-nine percent of U.S. authors live in urban areas, but I think it's safe to say that the majority of America's authors do.
To me, the disparity shows. If a small town is used in a setting in a story, it's nearly inevitable that one of the following negative stereotypes will be included. Nosy gossips.Ignorant yokels.Inbred, ignorant yokels.Homophobic, inbred, an…
I'm notoriously nitpicky about my sci-fi. I've been a fan of all versions of Star Trek since before I knew how to properly pronounce Rene Aberjoinois. I like Star Wars, but I don't feel the need to wear my light saber to work. Other than that, I really am more into Tolkein and Butcher than Bradbury or Asimov.
When I received Michael Pickard's novel, billed as "space satire," my ears perked up a bit. The first chapter made me chuckle, so I threw caution to the wind and decided to dive in. The Good
Mr. Pickard's experience as a previously published author made this book's quality a definite cut above most self-published books. The text had good flow and a defined voice. Language use by the Frobs were consistent and had voice.It was filled with clever puns that made me chuckle.There were parts that reminded me of Monty Python, which always brightens my day, even if it doesn't involve fish slapping, silly walks, or shrubberies.It was easy to v…
I have good news and bad news. The good news is my blog is picking up a lot more traffic. The bad news is that, since some of the new readers know me personally, I had to delete a very popular post called, "The Real Horror Story Behind My Character's Motivations."
The children involved in that years-long ordeal are not yet safe, and I'm terrified word will get back to the psycho they have for a mother that I posted their story. She holds the upper hand because the law will not step in, even though her abuse has been reported. I fear what she will do if she is angered.
I took great pains to disguise the kids' identities, but one reader recognized enough details to know who they were. It's not her fault. It was mine. I had hoped by posting it I could show people how kids fall through the cracks, but it's too risky.