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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!




What to Expect When You’re Expecting (Stuff in 2015)   2 comments

The Walking Dead resumes on February 8th and I’m hoping the series picks up after a muddled, confusing mid-season finale in which (spoilers ahead) Beth essentially commits suicide-by-cop, the worst-kept secret of the series (that Eugene was a fraud) is finally exposed, and our heroes are left (once again) without a home after Father Dumbass led a horde right back to the church. It’s got to get better from here, right?

...define "better"...

…define “better”…

I’m a late adopter to Agents of Shield. My original assessment when the series began last year was “eh” but word of mouth about this season, which starts to explore the concepts of the Terrigen Mists and the Inhumans, was enough to make me skip ahead and watch the mid-season finale. I hope to catch up on the rest of the season soon, but will be there when the show commences in March.

...and if you don't, we'll be coming for you...

…and if you don’t, we’ll be coming for you…

The new season of Game of Thrones begins in April and spring has never seemed further away. I’m looking forward to seeing  Dorne and meeting Prince Oberyn’s bastard daughter’s the Sand Snakes. Hoping we get to see Tywin’s funeral. I have a feeling this season we’re going to see a lot more deviation from the books as the show’s writers clean up and combine some of the redundant characters and plot-lines that have begun to crop up in Ser George’s novels at this point in the story.

...blasphemer! The next character I kill will be you!

…blasphemer! The next character I kill will be you!

I think it will be hard to top 2014 for Marvel oriented movies – with the Winter Soldier excellently kicking off Phase 2 of the Marvel Universe, Brian Singer successfully returning to the X-Men with the mind and time bending Days of Future Past (featuring my favorite scene in any movie ever), and even the Amazing Spiderman sequel finding a warm place in my heart. There was also that little movie about a raccoon and his pet tree that set all kinds of records. James Gunn directed a likeable cast of misfits to make Guardians of the Galaxy the highest grossing Marvel movie not called Iron Man 3 or The Avengers.

...we think it's time to talk spin-off...

…we think it’s time to talk spin-off…

And The Avengers sequel is first on my list with The Age of Ultron hitting theaters in May. If the first trailer holds true, it may be that we’re going to have to choose between this being a “Great Movie” or “The Greatest Movie Ever.”

…I’ve already watched this 1,342 times…

The sequel to the surprise success The Woman in Black is an early release, and it looks like it will either be scarier than the original (with a whole houseful of orphans for the lady to feast open) or just plain awful. I might decide to skip it, since the first movie made me scream like a little girl.

...actual footage from the theater surveillance camera...

…actual footage from the theater surveillance camera…

My summer is going to be busy. After the Age of Ultron, we get to watch the world burn in Mad Max: Fury Road, see how Chris Pratt handle new dinosaurs in Jurassic World, and follow Marvel Studios in a new, humorous, (and risky) direction with Paul Rudd as Ant-Man. Arnie is back in a new Terminator that promises to blow up lots of things, including the concept of time-travel paradox.  We also get the long-awaited reboot of the Fantastic Four Franchise, that has gotten almost no press after the uproar that Johnny Storm was going to be played by Michael B Jordan

...because we can believe cosmic radiation gives you super-powers, but no way a black man and white woman can be siblings...

…because we can believe cosmic radiation gives you super-powers, but no way a black man and white woman can be siblings…

And in December, the first of the installment of the third act of the Star Wars franchise hits. The teaser trailer looked awesome and some of the leaked storylines are intriguing. If Disney can do to the Star Wars brand what it did to Marvel, I damn well might worship The Mouse forever. At a minimum, I hope the new trilogy can clean the taste of George Lucas’ prequels from my mouth.

...really best not to imagine George Lucas actually being in my mouth...

…really best not to imagine George Lucas actually being in my mouth…

My creepy little piece of Flash Fiction, Mr. Belial, will soon appear in the Winter Edition of Philly Flash Inferno. This will be the second piece I’ve had published (first being “No Fun Joe” in Tall Tales and Short Stories from South Jersey), and I hope it’s a harbinger of a productive year.  If I can get the rewrites in, this might be the year The Bridesmaids (and others) make it to the alter.

...dream on, writer boy...

…dream on, writer boy…

It’s shaping up to be an excellent 2015 Philadelphia Writers’ Conference, featuring workshops by (amongst others) Solomon Jones, Merry Farmer, Judi Fennell, and KnippKnopp Literary Man-Crush Dennis Tafoya. We’ve got the most excellent Cristin O’Keefe (Dr. Mutter’s Marvels) as our Keynote speaker, and the author of the immensely popular Pretty Little Liars series, Sara Shepard, will be delivering our opening remarks. I’ll be running my second installation of the Cards Against Humanity inspired prompt contest “Apples to Writers” on Sunday morning. We’ll see if reigning Queen of all Writers Melanie Atherton Allen can retain her crown.

...I am not amused...

…I am not amused…

And lots of stuff coming out from Philly area writers. Former Philly Guy (and the Hardest Working Man in Print) Jonathan Maberry will be releasing several new works, including Predator One, Cold,Cold Heart, and a new Middle-Grade horror series called Nightsiders. Dennis Tafoya doesn’t have new work coming out in 2015, but his daughter does. Rachel Tafoya’s debut novel “The Night House” launches in January (today in fact) . Personal PWC Siren Kathryn Craft’s second novel, The Far End of Happy, inspired by actual events in her life, hits the shelves in May, and it promises to be riveting reading.

read it....would this face recommend a bad book?

read it….would this face recommend a bad book?

South Jersey Writers’ Group head honcho Amy Holiday is running a prompted short story challenge.  Our friends at Shock Totem are ending their prompt contests and will be moving in exciting new directions.  And those lovable lunatics at Grey Matter Press keep pumping out the excellent anthologies and bringing in the accolades.  Death’s Realm, featuring work by Hank Schwaeble, Paul Michael Anderson, and John FD Taft among many others, will be out in January.

read it...would this face recommend a bad book?

read it…would this face recommend a bad book?

So all in all, a very busy year.  I might even have twenty minutes to fit in some writing!

Can I Borrow Your Couch for a Bit?   3 comments

Today we’re going to talk about constipation

…please don't...

…please don’t…


And emus…little, purple ones….that wear monocles and speak with a British accent, plus Mark Zuckerberg’s personal quest to keep me from realizing my destiny.

OK, this is coming out all weird, even for me…  Let’s back up a bit.

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KnippKnopp interviews….Austin Camacho and Denise Camacho   1 comment

austin-and-denise-300x258So as I’ve said  many times (here, and here, and here), one of the greatest joys of being involved in the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference is the opportunity to meet some great people.

Austin and Denise Camacho, who both participated in the 2014 conference (Austin as a workshop leader, Denise in our agents and editors panel), are a veritable literary power couple.  Austin, who has the coolest name in the business, writes thrillers, including the Hannibal Jones series and the Stark and O’Brien adventure series.  His newest novel, Beyond Blue, will be released in September 2014.

Denise has worked in the publishing realm for a decade.  Together, they formed Intrigue Publishing, a small house dedicated to publishing the finest crime fiction, young adult, contemporary drama, and sensual romance the world has to offer.

Both Austin and Denise were all over the conference, offering advice, reaching out to newer writers, and in general raising the energy and the positive vibes throughout the entire weekend.


I had asked Austin and Denise if they’d share some of there wisdom garnered by over a decade in the biz…  Find out what they had to say after the break!


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Quick Stuff   Leave a comment

Busy, busy week….

First, Check out my Recap of last week’s 2014 Philadelphia Writers Conference:

jim and chris

…yes somewhere within those circles of darkness, I have eyes…



Then hop on over to our friends at Biff Bam Pop and check out my recap of episode 10 of Game of Thrones

I promise to look at least this happy when HBO picks up my (as yet) unwritten, epic fantasy series…

I’ll be back next week with Janice Gable Bashman!


Just Catching Up….   1 comment

Lot’s of things happening in KnippKnopp Land. First a shout out to friend of the show Marie Gilbert.  Our favorite Steampunk Granny has released her first novel:  Roof Oasis.  You can catch a great story about the novel at Biff Bam Pop.


The Philadelphia Writers’ Conference is pulling ever closer.  I’ve been publishing interviews of our workshop leaders.  Check out some great sharing on the writing world by Alma Katsu, Austin S Camacho, and David Greenberg (and many more to come!) on the PWC blog!


My career as a Game of Thrones recapper continues.  The Biff Bam Pop guys have shown incredible patience as my word count grows faster than my waistline.  Check out my thoughts on episode six. Can’t believe only four more left!


KnippKnopp man-crush, Dennis Tafoya, just launched The Poor Boys Game.  More good stuff from the guy I think is Philly’s version of Dennis Lehane. He and fellow friend of the blog Jon McGoran (author of Drift)  just held a well-attended reading at NYCs popular The Mysterious Bookshop.  Jon’s newest thriller “Deadout” will be hitting the shelves in August!


New stuff coming soon.  Interviews with Janice Gable Bashman.  My adventures in garden warfare.  a PWC recap. All just around the corner!

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