Kiss Me, Genius Boy

Kiss Me, Genius Boy is the first part of the No More Dreams series: an an intellectual epic of contemporary urban love.

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My Generation’s Lament

My Generation’s Lament is Ben Hourigan’s second novel: the sequel to Kiss Me, Genius Boy and the second in the No More Dreams trilogy.

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The Manosphere! (review)

Ian Ironwood, The Manosphere! How the Red Pill, Game, and the Internet are Revalorizing Masculinity (2013). 4/5. After failing to be interested in it at university, I’ve been discussing gender politics with friends online since early 2013. Check out the “gender”...

On being a pick-up artist (PUA)

On 23 May 2014, 22-year-old Elliot Rodger shot and killed four men and two women, and injured thirteen more people, in what is becoming known as the Isla Vista (or Santa Barbara) killings. This is a hot topic on my Facebook now, and on social media around the world....

New theme today. Divi 2.0 is out.

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New theme today

And I’m trying to figure out how to use WordPress’s quote post format, as well as the new features in 2.0. Bear with me if things look a little wonky around here for a while.

Seize the Girl: The first page

I’ve been typesetting Seize the Girl for my beta readers today. See the first page below, and if you haven’t already, sign up to my email list to be first to hear when it’s all finally...

How the writing is going

Fellow writer Julie Farthing posted yesterday in the E-Pub Extraordinaires group, which I’m a part of, talking about the challenges of finishing a book, and lifestyle changes she’s undertaking to make writing easier. She also asks “how others are travelling on...

Self-publishing and return on investment

Readers here might know that I make most of my living these days as a freelance editor, and that I’ve recently been doing a lot of work for self-publishing authors. One of my clients asked me how he’s going to make his money back, in about as straightforward a way as...

To a writer facing personal troubles

I do a lot of writing. If you read this blog, you might have read a few hundred thousand pages of it in my books—what you might not know is that like a lot of writers in history, I also write a huge amount of letters, sometimes tens of thousands of words a month....

Playing Rogue Legacy

Since I’ve been living in Thailand, I’m away from my television and my consoles, so the only way I can play videogames (a longtime hobby of mine—I even did my honors thesis and an abandoned PhD on Japanese RPGs) is on my Android mobile, my iPad, or my Mac. I’ve slowly...

(iA) Writer Pro for Mac (review)

Just before Christmas I was surprised by the release of Writer Pro, an update to Information Architects’ feted distraction-free Markdown writing app iA Writer, which was for a long time part of my writing workflow. Since then I’d mainly moved on to more...

Overman

From a deleted chapter in Seize the Girl: And when, as I sometimes did, I threw myself wholeheartedly into identifying with my strident and forthright contempt for nearly all that was commonly accepted as good, I imagined myself fairly shining with the holy radiance...

Chiangmai and Bangkok: Different universes

First time taking BTS… (Typical Bangkok.) , © benhourigan A friend asks, “You lika Bangkok?” Well… It’s been a mixed bag—I started out in this relatively awful hostel on the (also relatively awful) Sukhumvit 11, which has a distressingly...

The Wind in the Willows (review)

Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows (1908). 5/5.  In April this year I took a three-week holiday in Thailand that ended up encompassing a new friendship with a mentor who talked with me about Joseph Campbell, and a terrifying scooter ride up to a town in a...

The ordinary is hard to lust after

A discovery in my notes for Seize the Girl: Why are films and romances so full of beautiful, talented, rich, and enviable people? Because these people are easier to desire and to love. The ordinary is not so exciting and enticing, not so easy to forgive its faults and...

Should fictional characters be likeable?

Today, apropos of this New York Times piece where Moshin Hamid and Zöe Heller talk about whether we should be concerned that fictional characters be likeable, a friend asks me: when you write your novels, Ben, do you keep likeability in mind at all? And I do think...

Self-publishing and e-publishing forum at RMIT

Tonight, 21 August 2013, I’m talking at RMIT with fellow Melbourne author Darrell Pitt at a Q&A-style forum hosted by broadcaster and creative writing teacher Sian Prior. The subject: self-publishing and e-publishing. For those who land here after seeing me...

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Kiss Me, Genius Boy cover Kiss Me, Genius Boy is Ben Hourigan’s debut novel, and the first of three volumes in the No More Dreams series. Available on the full range of ebook platforms starting at just $2.99 on Kindle, KMGB is an unforgettable tragi-comic tale of teen romance and obsession. Full details here. My Generation's Lament cover My Generation’s Lament (No More Dreams #2), released in January 2013, continues the story of the former prodigy Joshua Rivers and his nymphomaniac lover Lilian Lau, as well as portraying the ugly side of student radicalism and delving into the Rivers family’s secrets.
Ben Hourigan is an indie novelist, the author of Kiss Me, Genius Boy (2011) and (2013). He is also the owner of editing, publishing, and communications consultancy Hourigan & Co., and of ebook label Nameless Books. He has lived in Melbourne, Osaka, Sydney, Chiang Mai, and Bangkok.

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