Morning Cuppa – 05/13/13 – Short fiction! Giger bars! Dan Brown!

 

  • How people find the time to write both short and long form fiction is a mystery to me. With working full time I have just enough time to keep my writing and editing on life support. I’m always afraid that any time I spend on short fiction would just directly cannibalize my novel writing time. But, there are huge benefits to writing short form. It gets people familiar with your writing, builds an audience and allows you to experiment in genres you may otherwise not have. Joanna Penn has a guest post with Doug Lance all about the benefits of writing short fiction.
  • Mike Stackpole tweeted an old story from io9 about Giger barsku-xlarge, as in HR Giger, famed artist and probably best known as the creator of the alien from Alien. In another life, I was married to someone who was really into his work and that’s where I first learned about the Giger Bar. As you can see the decor is fairly dark and not a little bit on the horror/macabre side. But still, good fun and a one of a kind place to visit.
    Looks like the only two left are in Switzerland now, so make sure those passports are up to date!
  • Naturally, with a new Dan Brown book coming out, the critics are salivating in anticipation of a chance to eviscerate it. This article from the UK’s Telegraph is no exception (although because it was written a bit tongue in cheek I did find myself chuckling at it). In general, I really enjoy Dan Brown’s stories. Yes, the writing is at times cretinous but the story is fun and why I’ll happily throw money at him, probably for as long as he publishes.