The Curious Case of Chelsea Cain, Part 2: Narrative Trumps Facts

October 28, 2016 Rob 5

Who needs facts? We’ve got a narrative to push! On Wednesday I published a post about the circumstances surrounding writer Chelsea Cain’s departure from Twitter. The prevailing narrative at that time was that Cain had been chased off Twitter by harassment from an army of misogynistic trolls. I dug into the matter a bit and found no evidence of any sort of harassment or abuse. Since then, there have been a few developments. First, someone finally managed to produce a […]

The Curious Case of Chelsea Cain

October 27, 2016 Rob 13

When Social Justice Warriors don’t have a problem to complain about, they create one. Late Wednesday evening I got on Twitter to find several people I follow tweeting their support for a comic book writer named Chelsea Cain. Cain is the author of the recently canceled Marvel comic book Mockingbird. I learned from these tweets that Cain had deactivated her Twitter account in response to harassment from “misogynist trolls.” Curious, I decided to look into the matter to see what kind […]

Self Publish Your Novel Part 9: Ebooks

October 21, 2016 Rob 0

  This post is part of a series of posts about self-publishing. I’m revising my book Self Publish Your Novel and posting the chapters as I finish them. If you’d like to be alerted when the new version of Self Publish Your Novel is available, please click here. Creating an e-book is actually quite a bit simpler than creating a physical book. The two main e-book formats are MOBI (.mobi) and ePub (.epub). Amazon’s Kindle (.azw) is a variation of […]

We need to talk about the godawful writing in Luke Cage (minor spoilers)

October 20, 2016 Rob 2

The critical consensus seems to be that Luke Cage is the superhero show we’ve all been waiting for. It’s urban, it’s gritty, it’s powerful. Unfortunately, it also has some of the worst writing I’ve seen since I accidentally watched an episode of CSI: Miami a few years ago. For the sake of those who haven’t watched the whole thing yet, I’m not going to focus too much on the weird dramatic structure, erratic pacing, lack of dramatic tension, or painful […]

Come hang out with me in Costa Rica this winter

October 17, 2016 Rob 1

After moving away from California, I spent the winter of 2015 in Michigan, which was enough to remind me why I never wanted to spend another winter in Michigan. So last year I decided to take a break from the cold and gray for a while. I had long wanted to visit Costa Rica, and I found a listing on AirBnB for a small resort near Alajuela called Norma’s Villas. The price seemed reasonable, the pictures were gorgeous, and the […]

For a very limited time: signed posters!

October 13, 2016 Rob 0

By popular demand, I have added posters to my online store. The store will only be open until 10/20 (that’s one week from today), so if you’ve dreamed of having the beautiful artwork from Starship Grifters or Aye, Robot on your wall (or the gorgeous map of the Land of Dis), don’t dawdle! This is probably the last time I’ll be offering these posters for sale.                   Seriously, I’m not screwing around here. […]

Autographed paperback sale!

October 11, 2016 Rob 0

Great news! For a limited time, I am offering autographed hard copies of all of my books at a special discounted rate. If you’re missing a few of my books or want to give them as a gift (Christmas is coming up, you know), this is the time. I will even personalize the inscription in the book if you like. If you are giving the books as a gift, you can have them sent to you or directly to the recipient. […]

Last chance to get in on my audiobook library Kickstarter!

October 7, 2016 Rob 0

My audiobook library Kickstarter is currently 80% funded, and the Kickstarter ends on Monday. Looks like this one is going to come down to the wire! If you enjoy listening to audiobooks or know someone who does, please consider pledging. More details on the Kickstarter page. I will be producing audiobooks for Schrodinger’s Gat, Mercury Shrugs, City of Sand and Aye, Robot (the not-yet-released sequel to Starship Grifters). You can choose to receive any or all of the books. Great […]