Notes On “The Curious Legend of the Grade Z Ghost”

The idea for this story began with an image taken from an item from the 1980s era TV show “That’s Incredible”. Unusually for shows of this kind, this segment actually set about debunking a paranormal tale, in this case, the story of The Amityville Horror. The specific image I’m referring to is that of a… Continue reading Notes On “The Curious Legend of the Grade Z Ghost”

Notes on “Your Time On Earth Is Finished”

This is the first published story in this group that depicts the actual making of Howard Zez’s Dope Dealers From Outer Space. I should say that although I’ve been involved in productions where the atmosphere was toxic–not in the Harvey Weinstein sense but more in the Verbally Abusive Asshole Who’s Forgotten He Isn’t Paying Me sense–none of… Continue reading Notes on “Your Time On Earth Is Finished”

Notes On “The Ungriftable Howard Zez”

First off, sorry for having been away for so long. The usual excuses apply. Anyway, I’m afraid I don’t have a ton of notes to give for this story. It started when I asked myself how Howard Zez would try to finance Dope Dealers From Outer Space, and it occurred to me that since Howard was… Continue reading Notes On “The Ungriftable Howard Zez”

A Few Behind the Scenes Notes on the Making of Stanny Couldn’t Make It

“Stanny Couldn’t Make It” came out today in Across the Margins, and, as my practice will be with stories in this series–I’m currently calling it the Zezverse–come out, I have some notes to share about how this story came to be. So, short story trivia fans, prepare to feast. –The fictional movie in the interview, The… Continue reading A Few Behind the Scenes Notes on the Making of Stanny Couldn’t Make It

Should You Outline Your Next Novel?

I don’t write a ton of stuff on literary craft here. (I haven’t blogged a whole lot period in the last couple of months, I know.) But the Twitter chat I had with Ann B. Gelder, who spends a lot more time blogging about craft than I do, should prove of some interest to those… Continue reading Should You Outline Your Next Novel?