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FXXK WRITING: CAUTIONARY TALE – THE BIG EMPTY

There is an emptiness that creeps into you when a major project is completed. Because you define your life by work, accomplishment, and completion. When you’re not working on a novel or a history project or some other creative exploit, when you’re only working the day job, you find yourself questioning your identity. You call […]

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FXXK WRITING: CAUTIONARY TALE 2 – CONFIRMATION BIAS AND SELF-DELUSION

You have been working in this field for nineteen years, and you must be cautious of the distance between improvement, competency, and conservatism. You notice this most when you hear the advice that hums like the highway in writer groups and chats. When you find comfort in being told things you hold to be true… […]

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FXXK WRITING: CAUTIONARY TALE 2 – THE OBLIGATION

In the Unlikely Event of My Rabid Success You have an obligation, and it is simply this: Let your art be art. Don’t let your art be an excuse. Don’t use it to justify your loneliness. Don’t use it to hide from your responsibilities. Don’t make it more important than people or survival. Don’t let […]

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FXXK WRITING: CAUTIONARY TALE 1

The hard truth is that everything is fleeting and control is often an illusion and we tend to make art to obliterate our own sense of mortality so that perhaps we will in some fashion endure beyond our bones. Some built pyramids on the graves of their workers. Some wrote poetry locked in an asylum. […]

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FXXK WRITING: BIG TIME vs. MAKING IT

We have two more installments before the GASP third anniversary of FXXK WRITING here at Flash Fiction Online! All I can say is that next year I will try a more considered approach. For the past three years I’ve written largely reactionary pieces, though some with deep time and thought behind them. But I wanted […]

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FXXK WRITING: THE GETHARD EQUATION, OR, YOUR SUPERPOWER SUCKS

When not writing the Brimstone Files, preparing for the debut of Mavericks of War, or teaching six classes at various schools, institutions, and search engines, I’m an improv actor. Which means in exchange for stage time, I perform completely improvised theater that is mostly comedic but often dramatic and weird to an audience of primarily […]

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FXXK WRITING: THE SEDUCTION OF MY SUCCESS

I read an awful and highly successful business book. Many things made it awful. Bad logic. Simplistic assertions. Dubious correlations between neuroscience and business practices. But my major gripe was that it used historical case studies without scholarship or depth. Historic “successes” were used to sell a simple message with supposed deep and profound meaning, […]

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FXXK WRITING: WAR WITH THE DEVIL’S OWN TIME-SUCK: AN INTERVIEW WITH SPENCER ELLSWORTH

Spencer Ellsworth is, first and foremost, a fan of FXXK WRITING but is also the author of the Starfire Trilogy from Tor.com, beginning with A Red Peace and Shadow Sun Seven, released in 2017, and concluding on February 27th with Memory’s Blade. You can read up on him and subscribe to his newsletter on his site, […]

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FXXK WRITING: WRITING WITHOUT A MAP

Careers in the arts are tough. So much so they are actually a series of part-time freelance gigs wrapped in the word “vocation.” Ones with no employee benefits, and retirement is whatever you can save when not eating Ramen. I’m at a weird place in my career as a writer, teacher, and historian. For four […]

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Brimstone by Jason S. Ridler

FXXK WRITING: THE END OF THE GUTTER

TEN TIPS TO TURN EIGHTEEN YEARS INTO OVERNIGHT SUCCESS! For over the twelve-plus months that THE GUTTERS ran, I unpacked the spaces in between writing and success in publishing my first major novel, HEX-RATED. Because the kids these days love listicles, I thought I’d round up the year by distilling 10,000 or so words into […]

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