“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”
― Mark Twain



December 31, 2015

Dragonfly by Maxim Salnikov “All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” — Edgar Allan Poe The metal membrane of the ceiling shuddered, sending shockwaves through the hangar as cluster bombs rained death from the skies of Ganymede V. The mechanized ceiling held … for now. Captain John Parkin exhaled…


Laser’s Edge

December 7, 2015

Inspired by artwork by Steve Argyle (DeviantArt link to the piece). Written in the festive spirit of an upcoming new Star Wars movie. Laser’s Edge by Maxim Salnikov My anger burnt with hate inside my phantom limbs. I inhaled, glove-clad cybernetic fingers curling around my lightsaber’s hilt.  You fool, I thought, sensing Luke’s resolve behind me. The son of Anakin Skywalker…


Cyberpunk 101: A Sós Dóra Gabriella Presentation

November 30, 2015

My partner, the Hungarian writer, academic, and a beautiful human being, Sós Dóra Gabriella gave a speech to an audience of about 50 people in Budapest’s Fuga art gallery on November 26. Her subject? Cyberpunk in modern culture. You can find the picturesque .pdf here: Hungarian ISSU edition, 120 mb. What follows is the (somewhat) edited version…


Why Gambling Addiction Software Is Only As Good As The Addict

November 30, 2015

“Do you know anything about Gambilng Addiction Software?” I asked my reformed professional eGaming champion poker player friend (let’s call her Maryjane). “Is it like an automatic thing that disconnects you if you play too much?” Maryjane said. The reason I suddenly cared about Gambling Addiction Software was because it was Friday, and I had two days until the deadline…


A Writing Jam Set to Music By Cory Perschbacher

November 8, 2015

This was the catalyst for my earlier post. A talented composer named Cory Perschbacher wrote to me on a whim, I checked out his music, and thought it would be appropriately avant-garde to write to his short composition samples for as long as they play.  Check out Cory’s website here: coryperschbacher.com Here is the (edited) writing jam. The titles and music are Cory’s….

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A Writing Jam Set to Music by Jessica Curry

October 30, 2015

Somebody once told me to skip the part where I talk about what I’m going to do to actually doing it, but I think this little jam deserves an explanation. As some of you might or might not know from my @WordCowboy Twitter account, I like music.  So when a Twitter user (who is apparently…


Writing “Royal Trouble: Honeymoon Havoc” for Orchid Games

October 20, 2015

Royal Trouble 2 from the amazing Polish developers Orchid Games is finally out! Let me know what you think about the writing. Just married! Loreen and Nathaniel couldn’t be happier on their honeymoon when they decide to make a detour to the Merry Castle: rollercoasters, magic tents, and fun abound. But when the Merry Castle turns out to…


Word Cowboy Goes to Slovakia

October 15, 2015

I’ve just returned from a trip to Slovakia, where I went for a Joe Satriani concert together with a good friend of mine. The concert was awesome, but this post isn’t about the concert itself, it’s about my impressions of the 1-day stay in the post-Soviet country. Post-Soviet is a good way to describe it. The architecture…


Dreams in Soft Focus

October 11, 2015

Dreams in Soft Focus by Maxim Salnikov I am thirty five years old. Two candle flames dance, reflected in Linda’s pupils. I brush her hair. “It’s all right, Jonas. You’re right. We needed the money.” She kisses me then, a long, slow kiss, her tongue tasting of summer flowers and hope, and puts her palms…


Writing Advice: Crit & Be Critted

October 5, 2015

As sure as that “the road to hell is paved with adverbs,” the internet is full of writing advice. These are quotes from famous writers, these are the articles telling you to use strong verbs and to get rid of “weasel” words like, “most, generally, kind of,” these are the self-righteous calls to “shut up…