Chapter 23 – March 2021

Hi! Welcome to Chapter 23.

Become evil. Rule the world. Maybe drink tea first and sit down for a bit.

“Life + Significance = Magick.”

— Grant Morrison

I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure. Sorry, wrong meeting.

This is the not-so-secret paid newsletter that goes out on the 23rd of every month to paid members.

If you’re a free subscriber you will also get it this month because I’m incredibly generous and also an evil marketing genius who wants you to see what you’re missing out on.

It’s absolutely not because I pressed the wrong button, ok? Ok.

I’m infinitely grateful to each and every subscriber — both free and paid — and without you this newsletter wouldn’t be possible or nearly as much fun to do.

If you have any feedback on this newsletter — or there is something you’d like to see more of — then now is the time to let me know.

Do you, for example, prefer to read one piece at a time like the extracts I send out every week or to get a bumper edition like this with links to lots of different options?

People have told me: I post too much. They don’t have time to read. I post too little. Why don’t I give them more to read? I don’t market myself enough. And once on Patreon when I promoted a free event: “Fuck you and your marketing bullshit.”

So that’s encouraging.

I don’t know what to tell you. I’m a writer. Writers gonna write. Writers write, right? No one is forcing you to read what I write or expects you to read it all. Don’t like the look of something? Don’t read it. Read the next thing or the one after that. It’s ok. I still love you.

If you don’t like the look of something? Don’t read it. Read the next thing or the one after that. It’s ok. I still love you.

I wrote drafts of these newsletters in advance to the end of the year. I’ve got material planned. I’m a DJ, not a jukebox — I don’t play what I’m told but I am open to suggestions.

This month, there’s Issac Asimov on Creativity, The Case for Writing a Story Before Knowing How It Ends, and Uncle Setnakt Sez Become Evil And Rule The World.

That’s it, man! Game over, man! Game over!

Friend Links

Here’s some of my stuff to read on the interweb. They’re all Friend Links so anyone can read them.

Breathless Sleep No More — Learn how to sleep well with Mindful Buteyko Breathing

A Brooklynite Author Who Gives Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett a Run for Their Money — A review of The Devil and the Wolf by Richard L Pastore

The Obligatory Post about News Break — An opportunity for writers that people won’t shut up about.

My Secret Visualisation Technique to Dramatically Improve Your Stories — The true shape of a story.

So You’ve Been on Medium for Two Weeks and That Suddenly Makes You an Expert on the Subject — How to gain followers like a money-grabbing sociopath.

Asshole Astrology — Horoscopes for horrible people. What does the universe have in store for you? Don’t worry, I’m sure that you’re lovely.

Chapter 23 Archives — Every previous newsletter and post for your amusement and edification.

Graffiti Living — My Medium publication. Open to submissions.

Friend Links for Medium in 2020 — My best Medium posts for 2020.

Friend Links for Medium — All my Medium posts to the end of 2019.

Vocal — Check out my stories and articles on Vocal.

News Break — Follow me on News Break.

Linktree — Links and resources. Free prize inside.

jamesgarside.net — My professional portfolio of stuff and things.

jamesgarside.net/links — Keys to the Kingdom.

Note: If you have a problem opening any of these links just try to view them in private browsing mode and that will probably do the trick.

Thanks for reading.

As always feel free to #AskMeAnything