All posts by SteveKarmazenuk

Character Backstory and Why You Need It

424863_10150565031583912_2046016596_nI’m not in the habit of giving writing advice.  But I would like to share with you what I think is an important fact about a story’s characters.

So, a little backstory on this post.  When I was writing what I thought was going to be my masterpiece as an author, but turned out to be an extremely poorly-received disaster that I’ve left up only so it may serve as a warning to others, I would, before writing, literally imagine myself sitting down with the character whose perspective the story was being told from, and listen to them tell me what happened. Continue reading Character Backstory and Why You Need It

Liars and Cheats and Why I Hate Them

424863_10150565031583912_2046016596_nSo…what kicked off this week’s blahg post, you might wonder?  I had yet another (Blocked, reported for spam) Twitter follower today attempting to sell me multiple five star reviews of my eBooks.

This pisses me off, because “buying” reviews got the movie studios in trouble back in the 1990s, I think, and it was as despicably shitty then as it is now. Continue reading Liars and Cheats and Why I Hate Them

CleanReader Update: WE BEAT THE BASTARDS!

424863_10150565031583912_2046016596_nWe did it…the thousands of independent authors who rose up and told CleanReader, through Twitter and Facebook, through our blogs, through interviews and forum posts in no uncertain terms to keep their hands off our dirt, got our books removed from their app.

Smashwords, the major eBook broker out there (Besides Amazon, who are in no way affiliated with CleanReader – so far as we know), ordered their subsidiaries to take down the feeds of ALL THEIR TITLES into CleanReader, effectively shuttering their store.  Their reason: it violates Smashwords’ Author Agreement, by allowing third-parties to modify the content of an eBook. Continue reading CleanReader Update: WE BEAT THE BASTARDS!

So  yes, this will be confessional.

424863_10150565031583912_2046016596_nI wasn’t going to actually write a blahg post tonight, but my idiot asshole upstairs neighbor is blasting his stereo tonight, and the air mattress needs refilling, so instead of sleeping in before going to spend the day with maniac kids happy to see me, I’m forced to stay awake.

So it occurs to me that my first few posts have been both manic and depressive; in terms of tone and content.  I’m sorry if this makes you feel uncomfortable.  I’m a human being first, and everything else comes second.  Except possibly fatherhood…which is a state of being that even as I live it I cannot by any way, shape or form define in terms of language, spoken or written.  Writing is a distant second to both. Continue reading So  yes, this will be confessional.

Something I Could Never Have

Photo0001I still recall the taste of your tears.
Echoing your voice just like the ringing in my ears.
My favorite dreams of you still wash ashore.
Scraping through my head ’till I don’t want to sleep anymore.

– Trent Reznor, Nine Inch Nails

The last three years of my life have seen some dramatic – and often traumatic changes.  I could go back a fourth year that was underscored by my father’s death literally followed the day after by the death of my favourite uncle. Continue reading Something I Could Never Have