Attention, writery types – allow me to draw your attention to LitReactor, which is a new project from the people who run ChuckPalahniuk.net. LitReactor is gonna be part online writer’s workshop, part book-geek community, part webzine. It launches at the turn of the month, but if you sign up now for the mailing list you’ll get an introductory e-compendium of writing tips from an assortment of luminaries including Neil Gaiman, Brett Easton Ellis and (of course) your main man Chuck. Go take a look.
Oh yeah, and they’ve hired some limey called Paul to write their tech column. 😉
2011 continues its rollercoaster procession of highs and lows; this morning I heard that Colin Harvey passed away after suffering a massive stroke on Monday morning. He was fifty years old, and was just hitting his stride on a promising career as a novelist. Colin was a client of mine, and while I wouldn’t say I’d spent enough time with him in meatspace to really qualify as a friend, I hung out with him at a few convention dinners and other such shindigs; he was a wry and funny guy, always giving other writers a hand up, always paying it forwards. He’ll be much missed by a lot of people.
Rest easy, Colin. As a tattoo’d millionaire airline pilot once sung: only the good die young.