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Weekend Roundup: June 24-30


Tweet of the Day: History, Worldbuilding, and Bricolage ——– Another week of posts? How time flies when you’re having fun. It has been an interesting (and hot, oh bloody hell was it hot) week. Kicked off with me diving into a new sub-genre (Science Fiction Romance) and ended with some high level thinking about feminist […]

This Just In: I’m a SFR Writer!


Tweet of the Day: The SFR Brigade Midsummer Blog Hop! ——- “Life isn’t divided into genres. It’s a horrifying, romantic, tragic, comical, science-fiction cowboy detective novel. You know, with a bit of pornography if you’re lucky.” —Alan Moore Novel talk time. As some of you might know,  my latest project (non blog related) is sci-fi. […]

World Building Wednesdays: Aesthetics


Tweet of the Day: Surprise! Plausibility and Its Relationship to Tension and Plot Twists ——- aes·thet·ic noun \es-ˈthe-tik, is-, British usually ēs-\  1 plural but sing or plural in constr : a branch of philosophy dealing with the nature of beauty, art, and taste and with the creation and appreciation of beauty 2 : a […]

For the Love of Poe


Tweet of the Day: Illustrations that made Edgar Allan Poe’s stories even more horrifying ——- Long time readers of this blog know a few things about me including that I do not like horror yet I am a devoted fan of Edgar Allan Poe. How can I be a fan of Poe, the man that […]

Space for Rent: Video Games as Art


Tweet of the Day: “The Thing in the Crypt”: The Interactive Adventure Game! ——– This is a derailed post. Let me explain. Right now, on my wordpress draft folder sits a post titled “Space for Rent: I Failed the Bechdel Test” which has to do with, what else, the Bechdel Test, why I failed it […]

Ban This! 2011: The Useful Useless Rating Systems


  Tweet of the Day: Queen of Everything : Essay ——- I heard whispers about establishing a rating system for book, especially Middle-Grade and YA. Not like agents and editors don’t work hard to make sure to maintain the boundaries of these books, but…. Rating systems (except for the MPAA but they have their own […]

Sci-Fi: How Alien is Alien?


Tweet of the Day: Fueling Fiction with Nonfiction ——- Aliens are a staple of science fiction. The reason why heroes travel across dozens of light years to reach new worlds is to meet the inhabitants, and sometimes to sex them up as well. ;) However, aliens do present a bit of problem. And what is […]

Urban Fantasy: Magic vs. Technology


Tweet of the Day: 7 Excerpt’s From J.K. Rowling’s New Book ——- Magic and technology don’t mix, or so they tell me. Never mind who “they” are, just go with it. Ahem, back to the subject at hand. In some works magic and technology, principally high tech, don’t mix. The reason lies in the conflict […]

Query Week: The Tao of Qs and As


That’s Queries and Agents to you. But before we go into today’s topic, check out Donna’s travails in query making. And now back to our post. The whole process of getting published, at least for a first time fiction author is, well, a carriage-before-horse deal. Let me explain. The common route to publishing runs thus: […]

Author’s Voice vs. Character’s Voice


While defining an author’s overall voice can be tricky, it is a bit easier to do so with characters, if they stand on their own. But at times finding the daylight between the author and his characters can be tricky. It used to happen to me when I was younger that people would ask me […]

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