I've already draft seven more posts about how the cocky trademarks popping up might give everyone a hard time in the near future. The research alone is draining. I don't want to spend much time on post headers for each announcement of these ridiculous-appearing trademark applications. You're going to see repeats or nothing in header … Continue reading More Cocky Trademarks: Weird Stuff
Puns are fun but they're too easy when words everyone use are claimed in the recent rash of trademark abuse. Today's focus on trademark applications is "BIG". An application to trademark “BIG” was just filed. More information: Status: https://t.co/57eZmDHrC2 Documents: https://t.co/7R99NdT4mf AMZN: https://t.co/z5gUv3aHwL keywords: fiction — CockyBot™ (@cockybot) June 16, 2018 I don't yet know … Continue reading The BIG Distraction in CockyGate
Stop for a moment, will you? You're reading this, presumably from my blog, which is a space to talk about erotic romance, speculative fiction, and the politics of technology. At this time, I can't think of any event that brings those topics together with more immediacy than CockyGate. In my previous post, I assumed readers … Continue reading Watching Out for Dicks in CockyGate
The grab for common words in USA-based fiction publishing quickly grew into one Hell of a cocked-up situation. CockyGate involves deception, bullying, and risks to the publishing industry as a whole. Romance Writers of America and Authors Guild have support the scattered authors and publishers who were threatened with legal action or who watched their … Continue reading A Ridiculous Expansion to CockyGate
A security guard returns home to a surprise from his boyfriend. “Chapped Hips” on Medium is cocky flash fiction about a gay vampire's cowboy-themed adventure at home. It was originally available on the Patreon membership platform. When Patreon clarified in emails that they want no erotic material on their site, I closed my creator account … Continue reading Flash Fiction: Chapped Hips
My supervillain/-hero flash titled "Locked up, Tight" won second place in Scribophile's Through the Eyes of a Villain contest! The contest...
An update about Fals' publications. A lot of links.
Annual awards are one of the incentives in the publication world for writers to experiment with stories and to ensure that work is well edited. Since I've started deliberately writing queer-centric fiction, I've been keeping on an eye out for awards focusing on stories featuring queer characters. While these stories could and do win big name awards, … Continue reading When the Rainbow Wins: Annual Awards
Hey. Guess what? We survived 2017! For me, the year was not the worst of my life but certainly one of the more traumatic. Whatever. It's over. Much of the personal and social drama will drag on into this new year, but that doesn't mean we can't recover from the past. The horrific, emotionally draining, … Continue reading Rebooting for 2018
While the "cyberpunk" label is relatively old these days, new works continue to develop from the most iconic examples of cyberpunk. Here are several works mixing Western and Asian cultures in their near future worlds.