Tag Archive | culture

TV Tropes Monday: What do you mean, it’s not political?


  Tweet of the Day: The Recipe for a Black Hole ——- What do you mean, it’s not political? That…that is a very good question. I mean, if art is a reflection of reality in some way, shape or form, it follows that part of that reflection would have a political dimension. Except when it […]

World Building Wednesday: What Your Characters Say About the World


Tweet of the Day: WIP Wednesday – Headaches and Confusion ——- You spent hours upon countless hours crafting a lovely world for your story. With gusto you created mighty deities whose power spans time and space, majestic snow covered mountains to take the reader’s breath away, dark mysterious forces to challenge the characters…. Wait, what […]

Space for Rent: Media and the Boxing of LGBT Culture


    Tweet of the Day: The Islamic Roots of Science Fiction ——- What do I mean when I say, “boxing?” I mean that you take a group, such as members of the LGBT community and dropped them in a cultural box for the convenience of those outside of the group, in other words, stereotyping. […]

TV Tropes Monday: Cultured Badass


Tweet of the Day: The Underwater Spymobile ——– Not all can kickers are built the same. Not all of them are brawny brutes more concerned with getting laid than with their looks. Some of them can kick ass while reciting Plato, Cicero, Shakespeare, Cervantes or Sun Tzu. He knows his wines from his liquors, his […]

Space for Rent: Gun Culture


Tweet of the Day: More from Manguel: Language and the Limits of the Imagination  WARNING: This is a rant. An unapologetic rant. A political rant. Feel free to disregard and move on. Still here? Okay then…. It seems the world didn’t end today, but then again, the day ain’t over yet. But the world did end for […]

World Building Wednesdays: Character Does Not Equal Culture


Tweet of the Day: Writing Excuses 7.38: Writing Love Scenes ——- It seems I run out of world building posts. That happens, so this will be last one for awhile. I’m hoping I can fill the slot with something just as useful but I can’t make any promises. I will endeavor to keep posting stuff […]

TV Tropes Monday: My Species Doth Protests Too Much


Tweet of the Day: Little Darlings and Why They Must Die…for REAL ——- It is very common for “species” in spec-fiction to wear hats, be they the logical hat, the warrior hat, the hippie hat or the diplomatic hat. This guy left his at home or added a feather to his cap, either way he […]

World Building Wednesdays: Sex and Culture


Tweet of the Day: A Reaction to Klein’s Pyramid of Literary Quality ——– Marriage, Courtship, Reproduction, Sexual Roles, Sexual Identity, Religion, Law, Economy. All of those things are touch by or related in some way or another to sex. And I am not talking about sex as titillation for the reader (or writer) but as […]

Space for Rent: Cultural Lens-Feminist Analysis


Tweeter of the Day: MIND MELD: Has Space Opera Lost Its Luster? ——— We start the Cultural Lens series with Feminist Literary Criticism. No surprise for those who have watched this space for some time. Now for some caveats: This is not a University level discussion, just a general approach to the subject. In-depth discussion […]

Space for Rent: Writing and the Cultural Lens


Tweet of the Day: The Importance of Reaching Beyond Female Stereotypes ——- As I write this post, I come to realize that this little Friday spot has become synonymous with commentary, media criticism and general social awareness that is, at best, tangential to the whole “writer’s blog/book blog” theme. And I’m okay with that. Hence […]