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FXXK WRITING THE GUTTERS: “TASTY AND NASTY” FAILURE

Last month I talked about the first three of fourteen novels I wrote before I got a traditional book deal. None of them are published or will be. They’re me learning by doing before I set down to actually write novels as the main goal of my profession. Surely, once I did make novels my […]

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FXXK WRITING: THE GUTTERS – STINK LESS, STINK BETTER

  I’m thrilled that people are digging HEX-RATED, the first novel in the Brimstone Files series I’m writing for Night Shade Books. But the whole reason for the Gutters to exist is to crash your idea about overnight success and smack the myth that we can all be living off our writing (and that such […]

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FXXK WRITING: The Interview

This month, we shook things up a little. Jason’s newest novel, HEX-Rated: A Brimstone Files Novel released this month and I had a couple questions for him about the process. And a few questions about his writing life in general. What’s your writing process? Are you a pantser or a plotter? Or do you throw […]

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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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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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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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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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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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