A guest post by Hank Quense:
I spend a lot of my time writing stories. My newest novel, Falstaff’s Big Gamble has just been released in ebook formats http://strangeworldsonline.com/FBG-main.html
I also spend time lecturing about creating fiction and self-publishing, but I have a third and quite different role. I’m the CEO, chief editor and reporter (under more than a dozen aliases) for Faux News Network. That’s what I want to talk about today. To start off, here is the masthead. It says a lot about what Faux News Network stands for.
What’s this all about? It’s tough trying to make sense out what goes on around us these days. Not only is it confusing with all the contradictory issues and almost insolvable problems, On top of that, we get inundated with information, much of it trivial and irrelevant, but touted as important.
My way of making sense out of the modern world is through my Faux News Network. FNN takes current news stories and changes them into satiric blog posts. The key word in the Faux News Network title is faux, the French word meaning fake or phony.
Here is the staff of FNN, all of them are crack reporters or researchers.
* Publisher and editor in chief: Deleted (by recommendation from Counsel)
* Economic reporter: Cash Krugerrand
* Sports reporter: Jock Stapper
* Political reporter: Stacy Conundrum
* Culture reporter: Marcia Hammerhead:
* Zaftan 31B reporter: Chazerei
* Religious reporter: Matthew Mark Lukejohn
* Gundarland Reporter: Sandra Elfenheimer
* Travel Reporter (including time travel): Gina Vagabond
* Science Reporter: Sue Entropy
* Health/Medical Reporter: Ben Angioplast
* Entertainment reporter: Mia Diversion
* Research supervisor: Ian Inquisitive
* Office manager, janitor and Chief Counsel: Jan Obtuse
Many of the FNN reports satirize organizations such as the military (the Pentagon, not the troops in the field), political parties, bureaucrats, religions, corporations and other beloved groups who so richly deserved to be satirized.
Another piece of FNN is a vehicle (excuse?) to publish amusing interviews with myself or my characters both as blog posts and videos. The principle interviewer is Marcia Hammerhead, who detests genre fiction (the kind I write) and loves literary literature. Whenever she interviews me or my characters, she is rather grumpy about have to degrade and waste her talents on fantasy or scifi novels.
Here is a link to a video interview between Marcia and I about my novel Zaftan Miscreants http://youtu.be/Om4XU3Ms7ZE
and here is a link to a blog post where Marcia interviews on my characters: http://hank–quense.com/wp/wp-admin/post.php?post=725&action=edit
Remember, you can only get Faux News Network reports on my blog: http://hank–quense.com/wp
Check it out and subscribe so you won’t mix any reports.
A bit about Hank:
Award-winning author Hank Quense lives in Bergenfield, NJ with his wife Pat. They have two daughters and five grandchildren. He writes humorous fantasy and scifi stories. On occasion, he also writes an article on fiction writing or book marketing but says that writing nonfiction is like work while writing fiction is fun. A member of the Science Fiction Writers of America, he refuses to write serious genre fiction saying there is enough of that on the front page of any daily newspaper and on the evening TV news.