Of Puppies and Sadness: A Hugo Award post-mortem

By Chris Meadows
August 23, 2015 // 8 Comments

Earlier this month, when I described the latest Hugo Puppies blow-up, I closed with the paragraph: This is really something in the nature of a pre-game show to the kerfuffle that will invariably follow the announcement of this year’s Hugo winners (or “No Award” votes, as the case might be). [...]

No going Barefoot: If you see a suspicious ad on TeleRead, tell us!

By Chris Meadows
August 17, 2015 // 4 Comments

As I’ve mentioned, we run advertisements on our front page here at TeleRead, but we do have our standards. I just noticed an interesting-looking ad pop up from an outfit called Barefoot Writers Club, clicked through to where it offered a “free report” in return for an email address, and got [...]

Hugo nominations closing does not end Puppies Hugo controversy

By Chris Meadows
August 12, 2015 // 4 Comments

The Puppies Hugo controversy really is the gift that keeps on giving. Even though the nominations closed at the end of July, the arguments continue. While we wait for the awards to be announced at this year’s WorldCon, Sasquan, held August 19 to 23 in Spokane, Washington, there is still plenty to [...]

Will the ‘big dogs’ ever leave the big publishers?

By Chris Meadows
August 11, 2015 // 1 Comment

Most of the the time, The Passive Voice just excerpts and reposts interesting articles, but every so often Passive Guy adds commentary of his own. Recently, he had some interesting things to say about a story on Thought Catalog in which Porter Anderson discusses the pieces by Mike Shatzkin and [...]

Troubleshooting writer’s block

By Chris Meadows
August 11, 2015 // 1 Comment

What writer hasn’t had to deal with writer’s block from time to time? There’s plenty of advice out there to help get over it, but this piece on Mythcreants has some of the best advice I’ve recently seen. If something seems to be bogging down your story, the problem might not be you—it [...]

Of communities and writing quality

By Chris Meadows
August 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

On Futurebook, Porter Anderson has been doing a lot of thinking about the writing community lately. In particular, they’re wondering whether “community” is a good or bad thing. “Community” can have a lot of shades of meaning when it comes to writing. For example, there are shared [...]

Can someone out-compete Amazon in these six areas?

By Chris Meadows
August 7, 2015 // 1 Comment

The ever-thought-provoking Joe Konrath has posted an essay with six areas Amazon seems unwilling or unable to pursue, that might provide fertile ground for some competitor to come in and disrupt the company. The areas Konrath thinks are promising include ad-supported e-books, libraries, [...]

Ursula K. Le Guin on how to write: ‘There are no recipes’

By Chris Meadows
August 4, 2015 // 2 Comments

Feeling that she no longer has it in her to write another full-length novel, novelist Ursula K. Le Guin has started an on-line writing workshop at the Book View Café, and gotten such a huge response that the question submission form had to be disabled. She has posted her first answer, which is to [...]

Live Gen Con Storium panel amused audience, raised money for charity

By Chris Meadows
August 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

L-R: Chuck Wendig, Brian McClellan, Stephen Hood, Stephen Blackmoore, Delilah S. Dawson Thursday night at Gen Con, Stephen Hood of the collaborative storytelling web game Storium got together with a number of authors for a two-hour public exhibition (and exhibitionist?) game of Storium, raising [...]

‘25 women to read before you die’: Like the list?

By David Rothman
July 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

“And so,” says Powell’s City of Books, “we present to you 25 female writers we admire for their vision, their fearlessness, their originality, and their impact on the literary world and beyond.“ Choices range from Donna Tartt to George Elliot and Mary Shelley. From a male viewpoint, I can [...]

Confessions of a notebook addict

By Joanna Cabot
July 29, 2015 // 1 Comment

I follow several folks in the art blogging community, and became aware, too late, of a fabulous little venture called “One Book July.” The premise was for all the notebook addicts out there to get “back to basics” as it were, and spend the whole month doing all of their [...]

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