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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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FXXK WRITING THE GUTTERS: 17 YEARS OF TOIL

Last month I talked about writing during the Ebook Revolution Hysteria of 2010-2013 and how this crashed against the realities of not only the market and my own stupidity but also the compounded tragedies of being unemployed, beginning a divorce, and having my mother killed by four different kinds of cancer all within months of […]

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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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