Author: shadowfals

Stories Don’t Have to Create Real Life Conflict

Stories Don’t Have to Create Real Life Conflict

This post is a response to M/M Romance author Kevin Klehr's "Stories Should Have Conflict". In which century were powerful tales not needed? Storytelling has endured through thousands of years because it is a type of power for humans. At this time, we have more humans than ever in known history. We have storytellers. We can … Continue reading Stories Don’t Have to Create Real Life Conflict

Time Jumps: 2018 Review and 2019 Foreview

Time Jumps: 2018 Review and 2019 Foreview

Let's do the time jumps agaaaain! We're going to travel with our imaginations. I'll lead. Ready? I imagine... a world regrowing from the ashes of recent fires... reuniting after evil is replaced by public servants in governments... and new readers searching on my favorite themes and tropes. Yeah. Of course, I have little control over … Continue reading Time Jumps: 2018 Review and 2019 Foreview

Publication: Poetry in Strange Horizons

Publication: Poetry in Strange Horizons

My romantic sci-fi poetic prose titled "Space in Our Relationship" is in this week's issue of Strange Horizons. Editor Ciro Faienza also read this piece in the 26 November podcast! This was my first time hearing my words spoken by another person like this. Listening to that podcast is surreal. Charles Payseur reviewed "Space" at … Continue reading Publication: Poetry in Strange Horizons

NaNoWriMo: Thrills to Counter Chills

NaNoWriMo: Thrills to Counter Chills

Howdy, readers. It's that time of the year when thousands of writers go crazier than usual. Does everyone know that #NaNoWriMo kicked off today? Ya? Guess what? I'm participating. You can follow my attempts through November to write what will either develop into a sci-fantasy M/M romance or a romantic fantasy about queer oracles & … Continue reading NaNoWriMo: Thrills to Counter Chills

The End of CockyGate

The End of CockyGate

At the end of "Oh, Oh, CockyGate, So Much Hate", I promised to update on "the BIG, REBELLION, WEIRDs, and STORYTELLER claims later." That's taking me much, much longer than expected. Happens, you know? Let's take care of the CockyGate updates today. COCKY Author and retired IP lawyer Kevin Kneupper tweeted about the final settlement … Continue reading The End of CockyGate

Oh, Oh, CockyGate, So Much Hate

Oh, Oh, CockyGate, So Much Hate

Why can't we look away for a while without feeling guilty for condoning shit? Is anyone else feeling that way? Content Warning: Unfriendly nicknames and reports of douchey behavior below. Also, more swearing. This post brings to you updates on slimy trademark filings and related acts. Hip-Not Hopkins Faleena Hopkins, who started CockyGate by not … Continue reading Oh, Oh, CockyGate, So Much Hate

Trademark Checks: From Rebellion to Storytellers

Trademark Checks: From Rebellion to Storytellers

This is a quick summary of my recent posts and an update about trademark applications on my watch list. Faleena Hopkins created hoopla over COCKY prosecution of Romance and Erotica authors in what appears to have been an attempt to promote her Cocker Brothers series of books. Her trademarks are pending cancellation. She's still in … Continue reading Trademark Checks: From Rebellion to Storytellers

A Subversive Thought: No One Owns ‘Rebellion’

A Subversive Thought: No One Owns ‘Rebellion’

This is another post about a trademark of a single word. This one was from the United Kingdom and it's insensible. The uses on the application include nearly everything and the kitchen sink. Honestly, I'm not sure the list includes kitchen sinks because I have too much to do than figure out whether or not … Continue reading A Subversive Thought: No One Owns ‘Rebellion’