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My Fyrecon Schedule

I’ll be teaching a couple of classes and moderating a panel at Fyrecon on June 9-11. I may also be doing an author spotlight (signing thing) at some point. Friday, June 10 10:30 AM – Podcasting 101. All the basics you’ll need to know if you want to podcast. I’ll cover mics and other hardware, […]

My Favorite Pulps: Lester Del Rey

I love the pulps. Seriously. Have I talked about Lester Del Rey on here before? Yes, but it’s been a long time. So I have to do it again. He was an author and editor (Del Rey books still carries his name) and he wrote a bunch of great stories. I think I first bumped […]

Podcast: Interview with Carl Hackman

http://storyhack.com/podcast/storyhack-03-CarlHackman.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSAnother author interview! This time I had a chance to meet Carl Hackman, who before becoming a published author had a number of adventure careers. Some interview notes: [0:13] – Off continent? Out of the country anyway. I’m a doofus [0:33] – 3 things […]

The Biggest Bummer of Issue 0

StoryHack Action & Adventure is now over halfway pledged to the goal, and we have about three weeks left in the campaign. I am just so grateful to everybody who has pledged, retweeted and posted about this project. I think we’re on track to hitting that goal. Also, the first couple of reviews are in […]

StoryHack, Issue 1 is live on Kickstarter!

All right, everything is finally ready. The campaign for StoryHack Action & Adventure, Issue 1 is now live. Check it out and let me know what you think. I’m kind of a one man show in this thing, so I never know if the jokes are going to land, etc. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1738328302/storyhack-action-and-adventure-issue-1 If you haven’t seen […]

Here we go!

I’m uploading Issue 0 to the various online retailers today. It’ll take a day or two for everything to be made live. I’m setting the price of the ebook to free, where I can, for at least the duration of the kickstarter campaign, which should go live tomorrow. I know amazon won’t let me set […]

Story Hack, Issue Zero Cover

Here’s the cover: Hopefully, all the names are now right. Here’s what to expect now: This week I’ll polish up the last few edits, lay it out, and start uploading to the various sites. The short crowdfunding video is filmed and edited and I think I have the content written for the campaign page. I’m […]

The Last Private Investigator on Earth

For a long time, part of my day job had me driving to Wyoming and back once a week. That added up to quite a few hours with not much to do. Not like truck driver hours, but for me it was a lot. Several years ago, during one of my trips I gassed up […]

StoryHack Action & Adventure, Issue 0 Lineup

EDIT 4/17: David Boop has completed the lineup with “Turk and the Lost City.” I think I have now sent out responses for all submissions to Issue 0. Sending out rejections is really hard for me to do. It hurt to make that last round of cuts. But now is not the time for wallowing […]

Slush Pile: 0

I finally finished reading all of the submissions for Issue 0 of StoryHack Action & Adventure. In total, I received around 100 of them. I still need to select the final few pieces from the wealth of good ones. If you’re waiting for a response, you’ll get it by Friday at the latest. If I […]

Progress

I’m still working through all of the submissions. There were a lot of them during the last 3 days. About 1/3 of the total submissions. I took the weekend off from reading to do some work around the house, but last night I think I read 12 more. I’m hoping to have my selections made […]

Last Day to Submit for Issue 0

EDIT: Oops. I clicked “Post” instead of “Schedule,” so this went out a bit early. Oh well. You get the idea. This is the last day to submit for Issue 0 of StoryHack Action & Adventure. Not to worry if you don’t get your masterpiece in on time, though. Before you know it, submissions will […]

Podcast: Interview with Caryn Larrinaga

http://www.storyhack.com/podcast/storyhack-02-Caryn-Larrinaga.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSEarlier this week, I took a break from reading down the slush pile to visit with Caryn Larrinaga, author of Donn’s Hill. I met Caryn this year at LTUE. Some notes from the interview: (0:00) Larringata Larrinaga. Apparently I am an idiot. Or maybe […]

Genre Literary Magazine Parody Cover, #4

Last one. Not even the online audio magazines are safe. Click to embiggen.

 

 

I was going to do this one as “Beneath Ceaseless Guys”, but ended up with this instead. I figured I’d keep these family friendly.

New Flash Fiction

Immortal Works just posted a podcast of a flash fiction I wrote titled “Epic Dad.” It what Conan would be like if he were a modern, involved father. Or maybe its just the story of a father that reads too much Conan. Either way, the recording sounds awesome. Epic Dad  

Genre Literary Magazine Parody Cover, #3

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This one’s in honor of F & SF’s recent feline covers (2 of the last 3). I think this magazine would probably sell. Last cover tomorrow.

Genre Literary Magazine Parody Cover, #2

Once again, click for full size.

I would like to state, for the record, this is totally not just because Clarksworld rejected my last submission.

Genre Literary Magazine Parody Cover, #1

I’ve been designing some parody covers for use in the video for my upcoming crowdfunding campaign for StoryHack Action & Adventure. (The campaign will launch within a day or two of Issue 0 getting released.) They are kind of going to be a throwaway gag, and I probably won’t use all of them, so I figured I’d put them up here. After all, I don’t want all this messing around to go to waste.

So, without further ado, here’s the first cover. Click for the full-size version.

 

On a related note, I sent out the first round of rejections for the magazine this last weekend. That was kind of interesting. The good news is that I’m getting an even better mental picture of what I’d like the the magazine to be. Also, apparently my definitions of “action” and “adventure” are different than most people’s.

By action I mean that there should be characters actively engaged with an antagonist (or entity) who represents imminent physical danger. Fistfights, car chases, vine swinging (alligators or spikes below), all that. But the protagonist must have an active role in it, rather than just having stuff happen at him/her.

By adventure, I mean the character does awesome things (is proactive) in a exotic (not mundane) situation. Heroics often enter in. The protagonist can be in a cool time period, a fantasy world, or have a bizarre profession, something about his/her situation should transport me, the reader, out of the boring real-life world. After reading, I should be able to say a main character “had an adventure.”

I promise not to ramble so much when I post the other covers.

Magazine & Site Updates.

Thanks to some old & new friends as well as some advice from the editor of another modern pulp, the call for submissions is out there and getting found. I know this, because my inbox is filling right up. I was going to wait until the submission period was over to start reading, but it […]

StoryHack Action & Adventure, Issue 0 Call for Submissions

Submissions are closed. They will open again probably mid May or early June, 2017. I recently started reading lots of short fiction. As I’ve picked up a few different magazine titles, I’ve noticed that there’s not really a lot getting published of the stuff I like to read best, which is pulpy action/adventure. A couple […]

The apple cider vinegar experiment.

For the last few weeks, I’ve been drinking a little bit of apple cider vinegar first thing in the morning. I’m not sure what, if any, physical benefits I’ve reaped. However, I can tell you this: my willpower is up 413%.

Once I’ve forced myself to gag that crap down, everything else seems easy.

#LTUE2017 was awesome.

My wife and I had plans last weekend which fell through. I was sad. And then I remembered that it was also Life the Universe and Everything weekend. So I asked her if she wanted to go, she took a look at the schedule of events, and she decided to give it a try. After […]

I need a beta reader or two…

I could really use a beta reader or two for an urban fantasy/supernatural-y short. If you’re interested, email me. The address is bryce at this very website.

Or comment on this post would work.

How to Accept Submissions

One of the other major facets of starting a literary magazine is the receiving and sorting of submissions. There is no way anybody would send me, a nobody, a printed submission in this day and age, so I’m not going to bother with a physical slush pile. As I’ve looked around, there are a few […]

Get Your Horrorscope Today

A while back I was going to play with building apps for android/ios, so I built a little app that generates bad fortunes/horoscopes. I never followed through on the apps, but I did build all of the text-generating stuff. It’s kind of like a hyperactive cross between a long-winded magic 8 ball and a pessimistic […]