3 exciting reasons not to feel lonely in 2014

3 exciting reasons not to feel lonely in 2014

I’ll be honest. I miss you all. Just a couple months ago, we had our fifth–and I think, best–Crossroads Writers Conference and it was chock full of awesome, but now I’m lonely again. It happens every year. I just never get used to it. This time, I decided to do something about it. That’s why I’m happy to tell you about three things we’re doing between now and the next conference that gives me a great excuse to talk/text/email/pester you.  (Yes, you!) #1) the Wordy South podcast Do you like things that are free? I do too! That’s the deal with podcasts. Download ’em for free then go workout, take a walk, stream it in your car on long rides. You may think they’re soooo 2005 but I love ’em. That’s why we’re launching our own on Thursday, December 19, 2013. Every week, there’ll be a new installment featuring some of our favorite guests from past conferences, members of the Crossroads family and writers new to the whole Wordy South thing. You’ll find each episode online, via iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud and whatever else we can get set up. Our first guests include Bernice McFadden, Adam Mansbach, Carrie Howland, Delilah S. Dawson and Cat Scully. We’ve got a couple of surprise guests and dozens of cool folks from the five previous conferences so this is going to be fun.   #2) Webinars, tweet-ups and Hangouts, oh my! Early in 2014, we’re re-launching this website. The idea is to keep regular blogs with tips, advice, insight, prompts and whatever else we can think of to help keep you motivated. But we’re also working...
Creepy Carnivals & Steampunk

Creepy Carnivals & Steampunk

REVIEW: “The Three Lives of Lydia” by Delilah S. Dawson a Blud Short Story, included in CARNIEPUNK Reviewed by Meaghan Walsh Gerard   Full disclosure: I don’t read romance books. They’re just not my thing. I do however love creepy carnivals and some steampunk literature so I was thrilled to see Crossroads veteran Delilah S. Dawson had a short story included in a book called “Carniepunk.” Let’s just take a minute and acknowledge how cool that title is. Alright, proceed. The entries vary but most are in some way related to fantasy worlds. Titles include “The Demon Barker of Wheat Street,” “The Werewife,” “Freak House” and “Hell’s Menagerie.” One can already hear the rusted calliope cranking out a tune in the distance… In “The Three Lives of Lydia,” Dawson tells a tale connected to her already-established Blud series. Lydia wakes up in a field, unable to remember what happened. As she slowly comes to, she recognizes the unmistakable features of a traveling circus. Right away the reader is hit with sharp descriptions. Running a finger over the crooked heart tattooed on her left wrist, she inhaled the scent of grass and cold iron and waited for something to happen. “Am I dead?” Her voice was overloud in the moon-bitten night, and she suddenly felt like an extra in someone else’s movie. Pg. 24-5 Though Lydia is confused, and perhaps a bit shaken, she is not useless. She examines her surroundings and knows that to blend in she will need new clothes. One of my favorite passages is the description of the costume car. A series of Victorian-looking sconces lit...
Some Q, Some A: Trauma Comics founder Simon Sanchez

Some Q, Some A: Trauma Comics founder Simon Sanchez

One of our favorite Crossroaders, Rachel Helie, recently started writing a column for The Comics Cube called ‘Double Helix’ and she’s agreed to share some of that goodness with us. In this installment, she interviews Simon Sanchez, the founder and force behind Trauma Comics. Sanchez is also the writer of Trauma’s grindhouse revival comic ‘Nazi Werewolves from Outer Space.’ Catch the rest of their conversation (including the story behind this photo) on Double Helix at the Comics Cube! Simon Sanchez aka “Trauma Comics” by Rachel Helie, Double Helix   Rachel: When did you first think “Hey, I can write a comic”? What was your inspiration? Are you a fan and if so what specific kinds of comic books do you prefer? Simon: A few of my friends and I were kicking around ideas one day at lunch and we started talking about werewolves and then one thing led to another. Before I knew it I was talking about ‘Nazi Werewolves from Outer Space.’ I contacted Don Marquez through an Ebay cover auction and told him my idea. He sent back his sketch. I sat down and wrote 8 pages of text and the rest, as they say, is history. That Marquez painting became the cover art for issue #1. I’ve been a fan since I was a boy. That was a while back and I loved horror movies too. My dad took me to see ‘The Excorcist’ when I was seven and it scared the hell outta me but I loved it and grew to love it more as I became an adult. Some of the best times I can...
Wordy South Women’s T-Shirts: the Pre-Pre-Order

Wordy South Women’s T-Shirts: the Pre-Pre-Order

Thanks to the stellar work by our phenomenal designer Jason Frost (Modern Giant Design), we had a healthy run on our Wordy South T-shirts at the 2012 conference. The only complaint was that they’d been made just for men: thicker cotton, boxy shape. So, we’re taking orders on women’s tees for the next month. If we get enough, we’ll print them up and ship ’em to you. If not, well… we’ll cross that bridge later. At least this can help us correct our mistake at the conference to ensure the ladies of Crossroads can kick it in the literary-themed style they prefer. The shirts will look *something* like the photo attached. (Shirts will not come with someone else’s torso already inside.) For the time being, we’re going with the grey/steel color from before, but on the order form, we’re taking a poll for a different color. If we get enough of the same color, we’ll offer that. Deal? No money up front, just a handshake commitment to buy a shirt later. We’d like to get 50 pre-pre-orders but if we get close-ish, we’ll move forward. Each shirt will be in the $16-$18 range depending on how many orders we get. By filling out a pre-pre-order form, you are reserving the first batch of these shirts. Click here to get to the pre-pre-order form. If you have questions, just ask them in the comments section or give us a holler at @CrossroadsMacon on Twitter or via email at...
Post Up: The Baty Booster Shot

Post Up: The Baty Booster Shot

It’s only been four months since Chris Baty delivered his moving keynote speech at Crossroads 2012. In the time since, many of you have started and completed novels during November for NaNoWriMo. We’ve been quietly working on ways to up our game in 2013. (More on that soon, we promise.) And Mr. Baty? Well, he’s taken his inspirational ways another step further. First, if you want to hear his speech again, here it is for your listening pleasure. (Videos from the conference are coming soon… ish.) Between globetrotting and working hard at his own writing, Chris Baty has also opened a little Internet shop of wonders, which you can–and dang sure better–check out here. There you will find posters and signs with that special Chris Baty touch of sincere care and interest in you as a person and a writer. Grab one and close your eyes, hear his motivational words echo around your head and remember that he believes in you so you should too. Then get to writing. And then write some more. And more. Make us all...