Tuesday, 18 April 2017

That Time I Found Myself on Some Random Online Database


I was surfing the information super-highway the other day and found myself on some science fiction database: namely, Internet Speculative Fiction Database.

I actually wound up on the site while scouring the web for paying sci-fi short story markets. The rejections keep coming (way over 150 now) and I need new places to send my stories before I'm forced to resort to non-paying markets.

So there I was staring at a database for what appeared to be sci-fi pulp magazines with a blank search bar. So of course I typed in my last name. It wasn't a case of vanity, I swear! I was more curious to see if anyone sharing my surname (there's not many out there with the surname Westgarth) had ever been published, be it in pulp magazines or otherwise.

My name was the only one that came up.

It was a confusing moment, then I realised that the site also categorises modern, web-only journals, including Grievous Angel, in which I had flash fiction published 100 years ago. The title of the story was "Memory Lanes". It's still available to read for free if you fancy it. Here's a link. Enjoy.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Chuckle-Bits Sequel Shitshow Ep. 6 - Spy Kids 3D: Game Over


Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (also known as Spy Kids 3: Game Over) is a 2003 American spy adventure comedy film produced, written, shot, composed, edited, and directed by Robert Rodriguez, co-produced by Elizabeth Avellan, Dimension Films and Troublemaker Studios and the third instalment in the Spy Kids series. It was released in the United States on July 25, 2003 by Dimension Films. The film stars Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara, Ricardo Montalb├ín, Holland Taylor, Mike Judge, Cheech Marin, and Sylvester Stallone.

Chuckle-Bits Sequel Shitshow Ep. 6 – Spy Kids 3D: Game Over [Download]

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Submitting to US Literary Agents: Done and Done


It took me over six weeks, but I've submitted Soci of Metro to all of the US-based agents on my list. That's 73 agents, some of which specialise in sci-fi, some who work with speculative fiction authors, and some who only ask for "genre fiction" in general.

What did I learn? American agents reply far more rapidly than UK agents. A good handful got back to me within a week, some within a few days, and one within a few hours. So far I have 14 rejections and two requests for further material. Most of those rejections were form emails, but a few of them commented on the strength of my idea and my query letter.

The query letter works. I spent weeks on it before submitting to UK agents, and I've been tweaking it ever since. But at its core, it's the same letter, and I'm glad I put the work in to get it right (at least I hope it's right) first time.

Now I'm going to wait. I know there's more agents out there, but the house move I mentioned in a previous blog post is happening at the end of this month. It'll be good to let the remaining 57 agents discover my submission in the mean time.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Metal Gear Rising 100%: Progress Report


I receive hundreds upon thousands of emails every damn day begging me for progress reports on my 100% save file quest for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.

I reply to none of them.

But standing here, I realise, that maybe I should put down my tool of justice and let you guys know that I've been kicking some toned cyborg arse. Well, sort of.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Chuckle-Bits Sequel Shitshow Ep. 5 - Mortal Kombat: Annihilation



The other week Stevie and Michael recorded a cosplay meetup without the people involved knowing. But once they watched the footage back they realised they'd actually recorded Mortal Kombat: Annihilation!

Listen in wonder as Stevie and Michael talk over nobody's favourite film, while sometimes making direct reference to the film. Exciting!

Chuckle-Bits Sequel Shitshow Ep.5 - Mortal Kombat: Annihilation [Download]