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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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Jason S. Ridler, professional author and historian

FXXK WRITING: THE GUTTERS III, OR, HOW BEING BROKE FORCED ME TO WORK SMART

LAST column, I told the tale of why you should always get paid and why a lot of micro-presses are horrible. The “sale” of my second story was a pyrrhic victory, and not really a sale, so there I was with two pathetic credits on my cover letters. How long would it be until I […]

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INTERVIEW WITH THE MAN BEHIND THE CAT KING OF HAVANA, TOM CROSSHILL!

Tom Crosshill is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in Flash Fiction Online, Clarkesworld, and other fine establishments. His novel, THE CAT KING OF HAVANA, is a YA story set in Cuba published by HarperCollins. How does an award-winning Latvian author of science fiction and fantasy end up writing a novel that deals with […]

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Jason S. Ridler, professional author and historian

FXXK WRITING: THE GUTTERS

I recently read The Usual Path to Publication, a collection of essays edited by Shannon Page, where genre writers share the story of how and why their first novel was published. It has its merits, and if you’re a beginner I recommend buying it. I was interested in each of these stories, too, since my […]

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Jason S. Ridler, professional author and historian

FXXK WRITING: THE GLOM OF DOOM

I’ve been investing more time into short stories, essays, and articles, and with a nice bump of success, too, as I finish a novel and conclude a massive historical project. It’s been great fun, for the most part, and I’ve tried to improve the quality and quantity of my shorter material. This weekend, I carved […]

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Jason S. Ridler, professional author and historian

FXXK WRITING: THE TOILET OF ADVICE, PART II

In the first installment of THE TOILET OF ADVICE, I enjoyed the bliss of offering you the worst .02 cents about writing careers I could muster, a parody of what I see being handed out like free crack to eager first-time addicts. I now feel obligated to offer some genuine and helpful advice. And I […]

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Jason S. Ridler, professional author and historian

FXXK WRITING: THE TOILET OF ADVICE, PART 1

“What do you do?” is a normal question that is now a pain to answer. When people find out I’m a military historian, crime and horror and fantasy novelist and short story writer, graduate school adjunct, freelance non-fiction writer and writing teacher, and professional (insert laugh here) improv actor and sketch comedy writer/actor who is […]

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Jason S. Ridler, professional author and historian

FXXK WRITING: WHEN GOOD NEWS PUNCHES YOU IN THE FACE, HAVE A PARTY!

If last month concerned managing bad news, this month leaps to the opposite end of the spectrum. Because I’m writing a new series of books for Nightshade Press. Ink spilt. Checks cashed. So, now what? I’m not used to good news. I have no blueprint for what to do with it. In fact, my workaholic […]

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The Shared Victories of Art

Growing up, I didn’t have television; I had books. Our house was tucked away in the mountains, down a mile and a half dirt road. From there, it was a fifteen-minute drive to the pit stop of a town stamped on our home address. I wouldn’t have chosen any of that (I envied the other […]

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An Interview with Laurie Tom – Author of “The Ancestors”

Anna Yeatts: When we bought “The Ancestors” for FFO, you and I discussed holding its publication until April so that it would coincide with Ching Ming, a famous holiday also known as Ancestors’ Day. Would you tell us about your personal experience with Ching Ming and how it influences this particular story? Laurie Tom: When […]

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