Black Hole Sun

"Times are gone for honest men." The man who wrote and sung that lyric has died. Chris Cornell is probably most famous for fronting the Seattle grunge band Soundgarden. He also had success as a solo artist and leading Audioslave (with the remaining members of Rage Against the Machine). Cornell had incredible vocal range and…

Apex Magazine subscription drive

It's the last day of the drive. We're sitting at $5275. A solid number. The goal is $10000 to achieve all I want to do for the zine for our readers and writers over the next 12 months. You can support the zine for as little as $3. Some amazing rewards remain: original signed manuscripts…

Books in Progress Conference

I am leading a writing SF/F/H breakout session at this year's Books in Progress conference here in Lexington. This is one of (if not) the largest professional writing conferences in the state. It's tailored for the literary crowd, though this year they're sneaking some genre into the fun (yay!). My breakout session is planned for…

Updates Updates

My next genre writers group session starts on April 10th at the Carnegie Center for Literacy. They run 5:30-7:00pm. Sign up here. Some Jason-centric items are up in the Revive the Drive (Apex Magazine fundraiser) store. Combo short story critique with Lesley Conner Book layout and design (print) eBook layout and design Hey, guess what?…

Why Revive the Drive?

If you follow Apex Magazine, you probably know we're currently running a promotion called Revive the Drive. It's a mix of subscription drive, fundraiser, and an excuse to have some fun (the Pumpkin vs. Oz cuteness showdown, the live stream of It Follows commentary). We called it "Revive the Drive" because we cut our annual…

Travel Weary

I'm not much of a socializer. I enjoy going out just enough to dispel any sense of loneliness, but otherwise, I am content to stay home, play video games, and work on Apex or my own editing/writing. All the major conventions (and minor ones) I did last year put a toll on my social fuel.…

Locus Awards — Vote!

I don't comment much on awards on the personal blog. I do my offers of congratulations via social media and private emails. And on the official Apex accounts. But I'm changing that today--at least on a one time basis.There's this thing called the Locus Magazine Reading List. The reading list is compiled by the Locus…

Guest lecture at the University of Kentucky

Just got back from my guest lecture to an Intro to Writing Professions course at the University of Kentucky. Great students with some pointed and knowledgeable questions. Several were Apex fans!   Thank you to Dr. Mike Pennell for having me speak. I always cherish the opportunity to subvert the minds of young writers.  …