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Monday, July 15, 2019

Reminder to Vote (Best Post Apocalyptic Book or Series) [Semifinal 2]

What is the best post apocalyptic fiction book (or series)? 

I started a sweet new nanny schedule today, which means all KINDS of good shit is right around the corner, including a new update schedule that should be pretty off the hook. However, as it takes a couple of days for the "behind-the-scenes" changes to work their way through the plumbing to what is ready to be posted "onstage," and ALSO seeing as Wednesday is the day this semifinal poll will end, a reminder seemed in order.

Please remember there's a second half to this poll before you snark it for missing the title you feel should totally be on there. (And remember that if you want to see a title on ANY poll, you need to nominate it during that part of the process.) In this process, though I occasionally second something I love, I am mostly just a bookkeeper.

Everyone gets three [3] votes, but as there is no way to "rank" votes, you should use as few as you can stand.

The poll itself is in the lower left at the bottom of the side menus.

If you're on mobile you can scroll ALLLLLL the way to the bottom and click on"webpage view" to see the side menus and get to the polls.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

June's Best 2019

Reminder: I know I'm being a little extra with the "jazz hands" type posts these last ten days or so. I had some company, a profusion of side giggery, I have a new nanny schedule coming up (and this might be my last chance for a slow period for a couple of months). We're going to hit the ground running HARD on Monday.  

June is a fading memory, and these are the articles that will go on to fame and glory in our Best of W.A.W. archives.

What We Fight For (I Am the Night)

I try to glean (though most days it's more like "shoehorn") some kind of writing lesson out of my monthly Vampire game.

9 Things Dungeons and Dragons Taught Me About How to Write (Part 2) 

Being a Dungeon Master or a player doesn't matter when you're wresting writing lessons from storytelling nerdery.

Announcement: Speaking Engagement

A lot of mid-June's bandwidth got taken up by a speaking engagement that I did at Dominican University. For some reason, the announcement that it was happening was quite popular.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Best Post Apocalyptic Book (or Series) [Semifinal Round 2]

What is the best post apocalyptic book (or series)? 

I'm spending the week knocking out our backlog of "business posts" because they take an hour instead of five or six, and let me have a little break from the usual fare around here. Starting Monday next week, we will have a whole new schedule and a lot more posting (stay tuned).

The semifinal rounds go FAST. I'll have the results of this poll posted by a week from today and the final round goes up on Thursday. So don't dilly dally. Vote today!

Half of these titles are not going forth to the final round, but WHICH half is entirely up to you.

And while I know the laws of large numbers have begun to determine that a certain number of people won't read anything but the preview text and the poll before commenting that "OH THE HUMANITY!" please consider that 1) this is only half the titles  ("Oh my god how could Lord of the Rings not make it????" It did. It was on round one.), 2) there were rules that disqualified titles (particularly series titles that didn't conclude until after '75), and  3) we arrived here through a nomination process, and I controlled literally NONE OF IT but rather my readers made all the decisions, so if a title never got nominated, acting like it is a crime to the genre might make you look a little foolish, and maybe you should chime in a little sooner next time.

Don't forget you get three (3) votes, but that there is no ranking, so using as few votes as possible is better.

The poll itself is in the lower left at the bottom of the side menus.

I'm told if you're on mobile you have to click "webpage view" then scroll alllllllllll the way to the bottom, you can find the poll.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Best Post Apocalyptic Book (Or Series) [Results of Semifinal 1]

What is the best Post Apocalyptic book (or series)?

We have our winners!  I was a little surprised to see The Chrysalids not even make enough votes to go to the final after it got such strong shoutouts in the nomination process, but I even extended the poll an extra day because I don't like splits between "finals" and "lovely parting gifts" of only one or two votes, and during the grace period, it fell even further behind.

Personally, I was sad to see Girl With All the Gifts fall short as well, but that's more of a personal preference.

Semifinal round 2 will be up early next week.
Text results below

The Road - C. Mccarthy 22 18.64%
Oryx and Crake - M. Atwood 21 17.8%
A Canticle For Leibowitz - W. M. Miller Jr. 19 16.1%
Wool/Shift/Dust series - H. Howey 18 15.25%
The Chrysalids - J. Wyndham 15 12.71%
Girl With All the Gifts - M. R. Carey 11 9.32%
Who Fears Death - N. Okorafor 7 5.93%
The Passage - J. Cronin 5 4.24%

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Best Post Apocalyptic Book (Or Series) [Semifinal 1- Last Call for Votes]

What is the best post apocalyptic fiction book (or series)? 

I don't normally post on bank holidays––even the jingoistic ones that are painful reminders of what a landfill inferno the political landscape is lately––but I went to hike a local mountain yesterday. I thought I was going to get home in time to do a quick post, but it turns out my memory of how arduous the ascent could be was smoothed by the haze of time. As this is a semifinal round, and I will be tabulating the results TOMORROW, it felt important to give everyone who hadn't voted yet a nudge.

Please remember there's a second half to this poll before you snark it for missing the title you feel should totally be on there. (And remember that if you want to see a title on ANY poll, you need to nominate it during that part of the process.)

Everyone gets three [3] votes, but as there is no way to "rank" votes, you should use as few as you can stand.

The poll itself is in the lower left at the bottom of the side menus.

If you're on mobile you can scroll ALLLLLL the way to the bottom and click on"webpage view" to see the side menus and get to the polls.

Monday, July 1, 2019

The Bush Unbeaten (The Future of This Blog)


One of my best Patreon rewards goes out to everyone who donates $3 or more. The reason is because small donors are so important to me and to what I do.

I will try not to beat around the bush. If you've been with us for a while, you know that by this time of year in other year I would be teaching summer school and kind of losing my head. And the past couple of years I've used the six weeks to do a "full court press" of trying to get more people signed up to be patrons.

Well, largely thanks to all of you, there's no more summer school. I was able to give my notice last year (which was good because they were cutting more and more corners and treating the teachers like shit). And this year (at the end of summer) I'm going to be able to hang up my leash and catnip and stop doing pet sitting. (Which was a great side-gig for a writer, but still took time away from writing.) Two years ago I was able to stop teaching night classes. And three years ago I was able to step up from one "real" post a week to two or three. Several years ago, I was able to remove ads from Writing About Writing, which gives me a bit more latitude in the kinds of things I can post but mostly just means an ad free experience and a place where I don't feel dirty for selling out. Also, I've been able to commit to making sure all of my writing is always online for free.

All of this is because of my patrons.

But I still have rent to pay and the lights to keep on I still have side gigs. I still spend 20 hours a week wrangling the wild baby. (Time I could spend writing.) I still live in a two bedroom place with three roommates. Last year my insurance and taxes went way up due to the political situation in my country. I'm still not making ends meet without side gigs, and that's where (hopefully) you come in.

I'd like to be posting more and better quality posts. I'd like to post more fiction. And I'd like to keep Writing About Writing an ad free experience. But there are some numbers I just have to hit, and right now I'm coming up short. I've got some plans in the works and a book that's cooking. And I really don't want to have to introduce ads.

Please become a Patron through PATREON.

A single dollar goes a long way. It might not seem like much, but they add up faster than you think. As much as I completely adore my big ticket patrons, my ideal donor "ecosystem" would actually consist of many many $3 patrons. It puts a lot of pressure on a big donor when they are 10% of my income. If something goes wrong in one of their lives, sometimes it takes me months to recover. I'd rather be able to roll with those punches because I have so many $3 and $5 dollar patrons. Even a single dollar (just $12 a year) will get you in on backchannel conversations, polls, and news, as well as make a difference.

Of course if you do not want to make a recurring donation (or if you just want to make it through Paypal because you don't like Patreon) you can do so here: paypal.me/WritingAboutWriting