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Brimstone by Jason S. Ridler

FXXK WRITING: THE BIG DAY

When this column started, I had given up on writing novels. Now? The debut novel of my first series is HERE! Behold, HEX-RATED: A BRIMSTONE FILES NOVEL is now released from Night Shade Press! Publisher’s Weekly: “Steeped in the style of 1970s pulp detective fiction . . . Brimstone is cut from the cloth of […]

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Writing Advice for the Frustrated Artist by Jason S. Ridler

FXXK WRITING: COMMERCIAL INTERRUPTION!

  Zzzzpssttbewbewzapzap-HUM! Dear sacks of carbon. We interrupt this regularly scheduled program of THE GUTTERS to bring you this commercial message! FXXK WRITING: A GUIDE FOR FRUSTRATED ARTISTS is here! Yes, after nearly two years of shaking fists and pounding the keys, Jay Ridler has compiled the best bits from year one of this column […]

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FXXK WRITING: THE GUTTERS V, OR, WRITING IN THE WAKE OF LAKE

The Gutters return!  The Gutters are spaces between brag-worthy milestones and achievements, the space where we spend most of our lives. In this case, the short seventeen-year sojourn between first published short story (2000) and securing my first traditional book deal (2017) for The Brimstone Files (and pre-order HEX-RATED now! I need money for gas!). […]

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Jason S. Ridler, professional author and historian

FXXK WRITING: ON STUPIDITY AND SILENCE, PART DEUX

Last month I noted the key milestone moments that convinced yours truly that he was stupid, how this belief rolled through my brain like a mixtape with auto-reverse, and how punk rock gave me the attitude to say “Fuck you, I’m going to learn how to write.” Now, if this was a TED talk that’s […]

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Volume III: HORROR

Flash Fiction Online 2016 Anthology Volume III: HORROR $2.99 Purchase   I was a child of horror movies, not books. Shameful, I know. But my family was never really into books unless it was THE book. The good book with all the life lessons. My mother was the preacher in the family, so when she […]

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Jason S. Ridler, professional author and historian

FXXK WRITING: ON STUPIDITY AND SILENCE, PART I

Note: an early and incomplete version of this column was presented at Nomadic Press’s GET LIT event in Oakland, CA, March 21st. Please support their mission of being a venue for the marginalized. Many thanks to Christine No and Paul Corman-Roberts for allowing me to share a piece of this action. The tone here is […]

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Jason S. Ridler, professional author and historian

FXXK WRITING: THE GUTTERS IV, IN MEMORIAM

This is a short return to the Gutters, the space between successes that dominate our lives and work. Not sure when the rest will return, so, a mild refresher of where we left off. By 2005, I had a couple of okay sales, one nice payday, but for six years of trying it didn’t seem […]

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FXXK WRITING: WRITING IN THE SHADOW OF MORDOR RISING

I know some writers are having a tough time finding the enthusiasm to write in the face of Trump’s administration taking power and committing itself to the most heinous of its election promises (currently walls on the US/Mexican border and travel bans from non-profitable “Muslim” countries). I’ve tried to gather some ideas about writing and […]

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Jason S. Ridler, professional author and historian

FXXK WRITING: THE END . . . OF 2016

By the time you read this, I will have personally killed 2016 in a Latvian Death Match before a packed studio audience within the nomadic and fabulous Forbidden City of Wrestling. You’re welcome. No coins, please. 2016 was an awful year, just see my last post for how to punch the worst of it in […]

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Jason S. Ridler, professional author and historian

FXXK WRITING: ELECTION 2016 EDITION

It feels trite jumping back into THE GUTTERS of my salad days as a writer. The GUTTERS of today are far too real, horrific, and sad. The country elected a racist, xenophobic, homophobic, misogynist demagogue. Hard to get in the time machine and go back into the world of publishing’s zaniness of 2005 with any […]

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