Martin Stellinga Posts

January 19, 2015 / Reviews

I saw Sharknado 2: the Second One last week. What to say about that? Well, I liked it. You know going in it isn’t going to be the movie of the year. It actually tries to be bad. However… it’s actually kind of fun. You can learn something from that as a writer: a guy cutting a flying shark in half with a chainsaw is just fun.

January 15, 2015 / Writing
Writing process

One of the things I do to keep writing, is set goals for my weekly writing and log how far I get. Setting goals for yourself is a good way to keep focused. You should be careful what you want to achieve, though, and not set your sights too high, otherwise it might backfire.

January 11, 2015 / Reviews
Reviews

I like stories in all their forms. I like books, movies, video games, comics, and anything else that tells a story. I can’t help but filter all that stuff through writer-vision, so I’ve decided to share my reviews with the world. 

January 8, 2015 / Writing
Writing process

I finished plotting a new novel a few days ago and started writing. Given it was the Holiday season, with vacation time, New Year’s resolutions, and bad weather, maybe you decided to also write that novel? Two months from now, when two paragraphs of writing are angrily staring at you from your desk, you might wonder where it all went wrong. It used to happen to me. I have a big folder of unfinished work on my laptop. Okay… So then what?

December 31, 2014 / Writing
Typewriter

John Scalzi wrote an article about the new Amazon all-you-can-eat-self-publishing model, and why it’s bad news for self-publishing authors. I agree that this kind of subscription model makes writing a zero-sum game, but I disagree that that’s not the case for other forms of publishing.

Full disclosure, I’ve written a book, but haven’t published it yet, so I have limited knowledge of the publishing industry. I have been part of the software industry for fifteen years, and seen the way economics work there, which I feel has some bearing on e-books at the very least.