Tag Archive | violence

TV Tropes Monday: Corporate Warfare


    Tweet of the Day: Who Won Science Fiction’s Hugo Awards, and Why It Matters ——- One of the defining characteristics of nation-states is their monopoly over the use of violence, either as a tool for policing or as a tool of statecraft. So, if you have corporations whose power rivals or exceed that […]

Weekend Roundup: August 10-16


  Tweet of the Day: If you’re a cisgender woman writing m/m romance, sorry, you are not striking a blow for equality ——- I wanted to write a post on the situation in Ferguson, MO, but the flow of information is chaotic and unreliable to say the least. It will take sometime for things to […]

TV Tropes Monday: Dragon Lady


    Tweet of the Day: The Heart Bowl: or, What Happened to King Canute ——– Take every single misogynistic, sexist, and racist idea about the East, roll it into a petite woman wearing a red qiapo and you have this trope. It has all the prejudices of that the West has about the East […]

TV Tropes Monday: Full-Circle Revolution


Tweet of the Day: Romance and Fantasy ——– It is easier to destroy a thing than to build it. So it is with this trope. Often revolutions, specially in modern times, have lofty ideals but actually change nothing. One thing is to take down a government, specially a weak or unpopular one, but what comes […]

TV Tropes Monday: Knife Nut


Tweet of the Day: Writing Excuses 8.27: Chapter Breakdowns ——- Some characters are crazy about knives, others are crazies with knives. The Knife Nut can be one or both. The key to this trope is the knife. First of all, unlike a sword, a knife is first a tool used to carve meat. While it […]

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 […]

Sex and the Written Page


Tweet of the Day: Some Like it Hot ——- I’ve talked about sex in books way back when I started this blog, with the general admonishment that one should avoid sex scenes if possible. Mind you that post was written in a comedic way, that is making fun of romance and erotic books, but now […]

Staring Back at the Darkness


Tweet of the Day: Making the Darkness Visible —— A recent article in the Wall Street Journal has set the publishing world on fire and not in a good way. The article, title Darkness Too Visible, start thus: Amy Freeman, a 46-year-old mother of three, stood recently in the young-adult section of her local Barnes […]