That Awkward Conversation Thousands of Men are Having Right Now   Leave a comment

Hi, honey, why are you on my computer….Is that the Ashley Madison info dump you’re paging through?  C’mon, you really don’t think I… oh look…what a surprise.  There’s my name right there on the screen…

..with five stars next to it...I wonder what that means....

…with five stars next to it…what could that possibly mean?


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Posted August 19, 2015 by Jim Knipp in Catnip

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This Week!   1 comment

Head over to Biff Bam Pop to check out my thoughts on Episode 7 of True Detective!

...really, you're just going to send me away like that?

…really, you’re just going to send me away like that?

Posted August 3, 2015 by Jim Knipp in Writer's Block

What Else is Going On?   2 comments

So….interesting story, I’m not exactly ignoring you.  It’s just that I have all these excuses, that I’ve already used here and here and here…so they don’t really bear repeating.  Let’s just agree to agree that I’m working very hard, just not at the things I really wish I were working on.

...keep it classy, Knipp...

…way to keep it classy, Knipp…

And I haven’t been completely silent.  The good folks at Biff Bam Pop continue to defy all reason and logic and are letting me write for them.  In addition to my Game of Thrones duties, I’m recapping a weird (and somewhat disappointing) second season of True Detective.  I also have some interesting things to say about Dungeons and Dragons, Time Travel, and going way back…the private horror that is Rankin Bass.

...oh, the horror....

…oh, the horror….

Those crazy writers at the South Jersey Writers’ Group continue to grow.  I gave my reasons to go to the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference back in April.  Those reasons still hold true for most conferences, so if you have one coming in your area, you really should consider it.

And big news on the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference front.  I selected the black stone from the sacred typewriter case, which makes me president of the PWC!  I’m fully committed to embracing all of the benefits and boons the office has to offer.

...including the "no sleep between January and June" provision...

…including the “no sleep between January and June” provision…

My first correspondence as president is right here.   Our conferees had a lot to say, with reports from SJWG, the irrepressible Kerry Gans over at the Author Chronicles, the always entertaining and uplifting Heartprints author Mary Mooney, and Doreen McGettigan, who was  kind enough to share everything from her pre-confernence prep to the aftermath.  It’s always a joy meeting (and re-meeting) folks at the conference. I already can’t wait ’til next year!

Philly Flash Inferno publisher Catt Colburn and fellow winter issue contributor Elaine Paliatsas-Haughey have started an online community called “Scars and Tattoos: Our Story on Our Skin”  The group will include original stories, poetry, and artwork from and about women who bear the marks of their battles.  It’s an ambitious and inspiring project and well worth a look.

Literary lady-crush Kelly Simmons (One More Day) has a book coming out.  Friend of the Blog Kathryn Craft (The Far End of Happy) has one out now; and fellow Friend of the Blog, Jonathan Maberry released his latest Joe Ledger novel Predator One in April.  Jonathan has not let his move to the Left Coast slow him down, and he’s got more Joe Ledger, a new Rot and Ruin, and an X-files anthology all queued up and ready. the time I wrote this post, this guy finished two more novels...

…in the time I wrote this post, this guy finished two more novels…

(Hopefully) future Friend of the Blog , Fran Wilde, has her first novel, Updraft, hitting the shelves in September.  I had the pleasure of meeting Fran at the 2015 PWC and she’s smart, funny, and possesses an ungodly amount of talent. If she were a baseball player, she’d be considered one of those “high-ceiling” superstars in the making, so be sure to watch her.

The One Who Started it All, Jenn Brozek has had an exciting summer, winning a Scribe award and gearing up for another GenCon.  I think my biggest regret for missing this year’s geek mecca is simply missing the opportunity to chat with Ms. Brozek and talk about what’s changed since she first got me kickstarted in 2009.

What’s ahead for the rest of 2015?  Well the good news is the purple emu is still chattering, despite my inability to let him out of the cage for more than a few moments at a time.  I’m working on a piece now, inspired by Catt, Elaine, and my good friend Sam Lockwood who has done incredible things with HERA.  “Change” is out to market, but I’m going to fine tune the rest of the bridesmaids before I put them out again, and (let’s say it in unison), I’ll be expanding “Jonesing” to novel length someday soon.

...get on it Pop Pop!

…say it like you mean it, Pop Pop!

Until next time, KnippKnopp out!






What’s Going on?   1 comment

Hey folks, I’m in my usual pre-Philadelphia Writers’ Conference “ignore everything else” phase, but I haven’t been entirely mute.

...oh how we wish you were...

…oh how we wish you were…

The good folks at Biff Bam Pop have once again given me a forum to discuss my perception of Game of Thrones each week.  You can find those ramblings here.

...strangely, though, they've expressed no interest in my Star Trek/GOT crossover fan fiction...

…strangely, though, they’ve expressed no interest in my Star Trek/GOT crossover fan fiction…


And speaking of the conference, I’ve posted several interviews (and transcribed others) over at the PWC Blog.

...I even interviewed this guy, really!

…I even interviewed this guy, really!


I’ve also waxed rhapsodic with my friends at the South Jersey Writers’ Group as to why I go to the conference and why they should too.

...little known fact: PWC practices mind control..just stare into the feathers and relax...

…little known fact: PWC practices mind control..just stare into the feathers and relax…

And while my make-believe world has tended to be ignored,  the biweekly Shock Totem flash contest continues to be an inspiration.  I might be posting some of those entries later.

...maybe some Warner Bros/GOT fan fiction?

…maybe some Warner Bros/GOT fan fiction?

As if I haven’t mentioned it a million times, Philly Flash Inferno published my creepy little tale of obsession and the afterlife Mr. Belial.  So check those folks out.

...all about the wonderful world of key making, sort of...

…all about the wonderful world of key making, sort of…

And in general, good news…the Purple Emu has returned.  Story ideas and all the energy that comes with it have been running roughshod through my grey matter for several weeks.  Many thanks to all of you who helped me through my long (and scary) bout of writers’ block.

Hopefully more good news to come!




KnippKnopp is Five!   3 comments

On January 30, 2010 I wrote this:

“KnippKnopp is going to become my Weight Watchers for writing, my Gold’s Gym for building up the creative muscle.  Idealistic?  Absolutely, but maybe, just maybe, the act of putting hand to keyboard for something other than functional design documents and interface specs (yes, doing this IS as awful as it sounds), will kick-start me and start to get those writing muscles warmed up and moving.” 

I must have been having fun this past half-decade, because it really doesn’t feel like I’ve been writing this blog for five years.  It seems like just yesterday that I took those first tentative steps on this mid-life crisis induced writers’ journey; And it’s impossible not to ask, did the blog do its job?  Did it really “get those writing muscles warmed up?”  Find out after the break.

...oh boy, can't wait!

…oh boy, can’t wait!

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Favorite Horror Novels (non King edition)   Leave a comment

I’m in a list-y sort of mood today.  I thought I’d share some of my favorite horror novels.  Since any list of mine would probably be dominated by that guy from Maine, I left him out.

...this guy...

…sorry big guy…

Check out my list after the break!

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My Life as a Chaos God   2 comments

I am a god.

...why you blasphemous little...

…why you blasphemous little…


Wait, come back. I’m not saying I’m THE God….only a god…the kind with the little ‘g’, and I’m not even a whole god…just part of one.  I’ll explain right after the break.

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