A.R.Yngve's "Notes Toward Becoming A Better Writer"

Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Trouble With Blogging In The Age Of Facebook

I've got a blog...
And email...
And a website...
And text messaging...
And Facebook...
(But I refuse Twitter.)
And I still have only 24 hours per day.

I'm in a dilemma here. Should I keep blogging, now that almost all of my posts end up on Facebook anyway? Is it worth the time?

The argument FOR blogging: Facebook is a different social environment. Its rules - and circle of members - makes certain kinds of posts unsuitable. The odd, the controversial, the very long - one could keep a blog for those.

The argument AGAINST blogging: The more channels, the less time available for each of them. I'm busy already, man! Who's got time to write lengthy blog posts that very few people have time to read anyway? (And do I have something to say?)

Until I've figured what I need this blog for, I'll keep it in "Pause" mode...

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Sneak Peek: My Novel VAERNEN - DEN FÖRDÖMDE (="Vaernen - The Damned One")

This is the official book cover to my novel VAERNEN - DEN FÖRDÖMDE (="Vaernen - The Damned One") which will be released as a Swedish-language e-book -- coming this Summer later in 2012, from Wela Fantasy.

Monday, April 16, 2012

OUT NOW For The Kindle: BLOOD & SWINE - A Comedy Of Terrors

My vampire/satire novel BLOOD & SWINE - A Comedy of Terrors has now been released for the Kindle e-book reader:


Carl Olson Krocek, an idealistic young man, applies for a middle-management job in the multinational hog-farm corporation Hogoration, Inc.

Through luck and pluck, Carl gets the job... but soon finds out he shouldn't have taken it. Because the big boss of the corporation is looking out for him. And the boss is not only a vampire... though that would be bad enough... he's also a soul-sucking psychopath with a sinister agenda.

Carl is stuck. If he quits or gets fired, he won't get a severance package... more likely the boss will get him a severed artery.

Can Carl survive the palace politics of a modern corporation, save the world and the girl, and fight a vampire in a business suit... all in a day's work, plus overtime without compensation? 


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Nick Mamatas: "Beware The Wineglass-Shaped Story"

Some good advice about story structure.

Choice quote:
First there is generally a long sentence about the setting. A character can be introduced right away, that's for sure. But the character is primarily there to think about the setting. So to better explain it to the audience, you see. All the senses are engaged, as is the writing-class rule. Then finally, dialogue.
Short elliptical sentences of dialogue.
A tiny bit of action.
Some more.
Then it picks up a bit again.
The setting becomes important, something is discovered.
Then, there is a finger-wagging moral, or a piquant little turn of phrase. Thus, you know that the author has decided to stop writing. The story stops rather than ends.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Homepage Update, Feb.9, 2012

My homepage has been updated with the darkly humorous short-short story "Served!"

If you like that kind of story, also check out the collection THE FLATTERED PLANET...

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Will Nurglon Be The New Republican Contender For 2012?

After the coming and going of one GOP contender after another, angry old white racist voters are feeling increasingly frustrated with their shrinking options. Where is the candidate who gives voice to their fears, their phobias, their dementia, their deepest darkest urges?

Ladies and gentlemen, the Great White Hope is still waiting for another shot at the brass ring. I give you... NURGLON in 2012:

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Homepage Update Dec.31, 2011

My homepage has been updated with a new chapter of the Web serial DARC AGES: CITY OF MASKS.

Enjoy -- and Happy New Year.