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Sunday, 6 March 2016

SIX OF THE BEST: Singular Points


Charles R. Rutledge, of the Singular Points blog, is the co-author of three novels in the Griffin and Price crime/horror series, Blind Shadows, Congregations of the Dead, and the forthcoming A Hell Within, all written with James A. Moore. His stories have appeared in various anthologies such as Widowmakers and Carnacki: The New Adventures. His Amazon Author page is here.

(1) How long have you been blogging and how did you get into it in the first place?

I started blogging in November of 2006 at the suggestion of a friend. She said that as many books as I read, I should start a 'Book Blog', and so I did. The original purpose of Singular Points was to review books and for many years that was its primary function. I was very into Sherlock Holmes at the time, which is where the blog’s name comes from. “This case is not without its singular points of interest.”

(2) What do you blog about and how frequently do you post?

As I mentioned in my answer to question one, most of my posts are reviews. The scope has widened to include comics and movies over the years. For a long time my blog was very Sword & Sorcery-centric, with an emphasis on Robert E. Howard and his best known creation, Conan the Cimmerian. So there’s plenty of that stuff there if anyone wants to read back through the posts.

However, since I became a published author in 2012, the blog has also shifted to covering my various projects, convention appearances, and such. I also post a lot more these days about horror writers and books, as a lot of what I write is in the horror genre. I talk about H.P. Lovecraft and his circle quite a bit. I don’t post as frequently as I used to, as all the fiction writing takes up a lot of my time, but I try to blog several times a month. I enjoy it and I kind of miss the time I once could devote to it, but such is life.

(3) How does your blog stand out from all the rest?

I’d like to claim because of my deathless prose, but really, if it does stand out it’s probably because of the eclectic mix of subjects. Horror, Sword & Sorcery, mysteries, comic books, movies, etc. I’m considered something of an authority of Southern horror writers Karl Edward Wagner and Manly Wade Wellman and I get a lot of traffic from folks looking for information about those guys.

(4) What’s the best (and worst) thing about blogging?

The best thing is, this is where I can just let my hair down and blather on about things I like. I’m not worrying much about typos and all the stuff I have to be concerned with when I’m writing fiction. In fact, I’ve been asked several times to blog for various websites and I’ve always declined, because this is the place where I can just have fun. I don’t want it to become a responsibility.

The worst thing is the guilt I feel when I don’t blog for a while. I know I have some regular readers and I feel like I’m letting them down.

(5) Do you have any self-imposed rules (or guidelines) for your blog?

Rule number one is ‘No Bad Reviews’. I only blog about stuff I like, so if a book or movie didn’t send me, I just don’t talk about it. That’s why when publishers or other authors offer to send me advanced reading copies of books; I warn them that if I don’t like the book, I won’t review it. The only time I broke that rule was for a movie, the Conan the Barbarian remake, which I hated.

Rule number two is ‘nothing serious’. I used to make posts about my personal life now and again, but these days it’s just fun stuff.

(6) Name one blog everyone should be reading (other than your own).

My pal, and frequent collaborator, James A. Moore has a fun blog about his various writing projects.

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