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What happened to Warm Bodies?

Friday, April 27, 2007 by sky

From an e-mail thread about Lasang Pinoy's months of absence, similarly I think I have a lot of explaining to do. At least out of courtesy.

We had trouble getting a sufficient number of entries to reach critical mass, we were busy, we were travelling a lot (work, not pleasure) and the project was shelved indefinitely. The question whether to continue WB was left hanging until now. Taking the time to address this question, likewise.

Vonnegut's Rules for Short Stories

by sky

Words of wisdom from Kurt Vonnegut, or some dude patient enough to go through all of his works and come up with these:

1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.

2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.

3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.

4. Every sentence must do one of two things — reveal character or advance the action.

5. Start as close to the end as possible.

6. Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them — in order that the reader may see what they are made of.

7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.

8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

via chronicpaint via sfandf_writers.

Paranoia, redux

by sky

Somewhere between these posts and the last I had this paranoia that if I write for this blog I definitely can't write anymore. I'll lose my duende.

Bollocks. It's countdown time and I'm still not complete with my submission to Palanca. Epiphany number two: A piece looked like sf poetry according to christie, so I might have a new item to advocate. Obviously an offshoot of writing for the PSFVx anthologies.

TCLS in SP1 2007

by sky

I was waiting for this to happen before I say anything more:

Right there, on the fourth line. I've seen the website and the issue's still not there. Interesting spams on the forums, btw.


It's red.

I know it's blatant vanity, but I went straight to see my picture on the first page, and then jumped to my story. I'm sure it was me there in black and white. I thought the author pics would still be rendered in color but the effect is still great. I was singing "Remedy" in my head.

Still the same great art direction. When they said Fiction that Swims in Your Head before, I still agree until now. Vertiginous.

While reading my story I had this cheesy epiphany that I felt that I didn't write this piece. I don't know if it's a normal reaction, but because I knew what the draft was like and how the editing turned out, the difference juts out every now and then. But I'd definitely say that it didn't do any damage to the story and it made it look better.

Gratitude goes to Dean Alfar for doing something magical.


Punch me, I'll bleed.


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