A. Quinton — Dec. 1st 2016
Hello again for the first time in a month (holy) and a half (shit)! Something happened in November that meant I got to (and had to) write the draft for a novel. I’m sorry for the long unexplained absence, and I’m grateful to Craig J. Clark for keeping things alive with not one but two great Full Moon Features.
Nobody likes to read these sheepish “I’m back” posts, so instead of this, why not read the post that’s going to follow it in like 30 seconds? There’s lots to catch up on, so let’s get back to that good werewolf stuff!
A. Quinton — Jun. 15th 2016
If you hadn’t noticed from the dearth of posts, I’m on vacation! My wife and I are driving 10,000 km (6,200 miles) around America. Internet access and time to research & write posts are scarce. I’ll be back the weekend of June 25th.
Total werewolves encountered on this road trip so far: 2.
A. Quinton — May. 14th 2016
I’m writing my first novel.
The draft will be around 120,000 words, if my outline is even remotely accurate. I’ve been trying to put down 1,000 words a day since the beginning of the month. That’s an ambitious daily goal for a slow writer like me, and I’m not quite making it, but I’m getting closer with each day.
I’m finding some comforting parallels between this effort and the 4 months I spent training for my first marathon, which I ran the day before I started writing this novel. Getting up early to run or write, grinding out 10 miles or three pages when I’d rather be reading or having a leisurely breakfast (especially when my goal was 12 miles or five pages) and then knowing I have to do it again tomorrow… it can be miserable, but the delight and satisfaction that comes from the cumulative result far outweighs the disappointments.
My posting schedule here will continue to be sporadic as I dedicate my daily commutes and lunch breaks to the novel. My goal is to get the first 30,000 words done as quickly as possible, then take a break to write more here and focus on Werewolves Versus Music while that first quarter draft mellows. In the meantime, I appreciate your patience and your continued readership.
I’m superstitious and shy and I’ve learned to under-promise and over-deliver, so I’ll share just two things about this novel for now. The working title is “Lilly & Jack”, and one of those two people is a werewolf.
A. Quinton — Mar. 31st 2016
I stopped going by “Andrew” on this site and elsewhere a few years ago – most people in my life know me as “Angela” or “AQ”. I never mentioned it here on Werewolf News before now because it’s not germane to the site’s content, but in light of all the recent anti-trans legislation being passed around the United States, I feel like positive visibility is more important than ever. Things are getting better around the world for LGBT folks, but there’s still a lot of work to be done.
If you’re LGBTQ and struggling, you’re not alone. If you’re straight and/or cisgender and don’t really care about trans people because you “don’t know a trans person”, well now you do!
It’s nice to be out here, finally – the people I’ve met over the years that I’ve been running this site are some of the best people I know, and it’s a relief to stop maintaining any kind of separation of identity between “person who runs Werewolf News” and literally every other facet of my daily life. I’m @aquinton on Twitter if you want to say hi.
Happy Trans Day of Visibility!
A. Quinton — Sep. 9th 2015
In what’s become an almost yearly tradition, I’ve just created a new theme for this site. This year I’ve reworked things to be as simple as possible.
My main goal with this revision was to focus on the stuff I like to write, and that you like to read: individual posts. That means removing a bunch of stuff, including
- the jumbo photo header
- featured posts from the home page
- “related” links and the mini sponsor badge at the bottom of single post pages
- category links
- mandatory featured photos
The full text of each post is now visible on the homepage, too – no more “first three lines, then click to read more”.
I used to be a designer but I’ve recently come to the realization that I’ll only ever be moderately competent in that arena. Consequently I’ve been cribbing layouts and concepts from other, more talented folks. The outgoing design was pretty much a (credited) blatant rip-off of Tools and Toys. This one borrows pretty heavily from Daring Fireball, with a little touch of Lore.
If you find anything broken, weird or illegible, please let me know in the comments for this post, or on Twitter.
As always, thanks for reading!
A. Quinton — Aug. 30th 2015
Just a quick note to let readers know that due to an unexpectedly intense wind storm, I and many others in the metro Vancouver have been without power or reliable internet since Saturday. Posts will resume as soon as both of those things return.
A. Quinton — Apr. 24th 2015
Hello! I’d like to spend more time writing for this site and the Supernatural Registration Authority and less time taking on side jobs I’m not really into. To help make that possible I’ve created a Patreon!
I love writing. I try to write about monsters and the supernatural as often as I can. I’ve typed hundreds of thousands of words between Werewolf News and the SRA since 2008, and it’s all available for free. That’ll continue for as long as I can put words on a screen.
Over the past few months I’ve made some changes to Werewolf-News.com that hopefully make it easier than ever to browse, read and share the werewolf stuff I post about. I’ve also increased my posting frequency, which has been a fun exercise in 1) finding things to write about, and then 2) writing about it quickly and well. I’ve been managing four or five posts a week, which doesn’t seem like a lot to me, but is apparently enough that some people are having a hard time keeping up.
But I want to do more!
I have a day job that I really like, and I also need to work side jobs to support Real Life Expenses. Those side jobs take away from the time in my day that I would otherwise dedicate to writing things like
- even more posts for Werewolf News, including new stuff like reviews, editorials and in-depth looks at artists and creature effects
- articles, short stories, and eventually novels for the SRA
Your support on Patreon would make it easier for me to focus on writing these kinds of things, instead of spending my commutes fixing HTML and CSS problems in other people’s broken web sites.
There will always be opportunities for these things to pay for themselves (sponsorships here, and the paid SRA registrations). Patreon is a way for you to support me if you don’t want a PDF certificate of your werewolf registration you don’t care about (or already have) whatever the sponsor is advertising, and you just want to give me a dollar because you like what I do. It’s also a way to get ahold of some cool things like a portrait of yourself as a monster on the SRA site, and access to the Secret Werewolf Tumblr Firehose.
Unless I have a cool new reward or milestone to share with you all, this will be the only time I post about my Patreon. Whether you visit it or not, I appreciate your readership and support over the years, and I look forward to bringing you more werewolf goodness!
A. Quinton — Nov. 9th 2014
Hey, friends! I’m working on an update to the features and layout of this site – changes that will make it easier for me to share all the great werewolf stuff that’s out there. There will be less clutter, fewer ads, and (regrettably) no comments section on posts. I’m not overjoyed about that last – I’ve made some good friends in the comments – but it’s a necessary simplification. I hope those readers who want to share their thoughts will get ahold of me on Twitter.
A. Quinton — Sep. 27th 2014
Apologies for the recent lack of posts. Other than a once-monthly post by Craig, it’s just me running this site, and I have been very busy with my day job and two side projects I need to finish in order to make my financial advisor retrieve my credit card from the deep freeze. This time/attention crunch is happening at the worst possible time – Halloween is coming and there’s a lot of awesome werewolf stuff happening! I’m going to try to get back into posting at least three times a week, starting today (no this post doesn’t count), but I’d also like to point you to Lycanthropology 101, a terrific werewolf news site and soon-to-be-home of “upcoming werewolf micro-encyclopedia, Pocket Lycanthropology”. Check it out!