Why you shouldn’t read reviews

“I feel my very existence threatened,” the Sila said. Mr. M. cast a sardonic eye on the space she claimed to occupy. “How is that new? You’re only a shadow of smokeless flame anyway.” “I can manifest myself to mortals,” she snapped, rapidly flashing into view as a beautiful almost-human woman, a serpent with flames... Continue Reading →

Fiction Marches On

I read a lot of historical fiction. I’m sure that’s no surprise to most of the people on this blog. I also read older fiction, because a lot of the stuff published in the last few decades doesn’t grab me, especially stories in modern settings. A trip through my library leads to a lot of... Continue Reading →

Circles of Writing

So today I'm going to talk to you about the circles of writing, which is not the same, mind you, as writing in circles.  And you'll have to forgive me if I'm a little strange, but I've been fighting the crud older son brought home and am probably a little feverish. This is btw, not... Continue Reading →

Noob Notes

It’s Tuesday afternoon, again (it’s not: I’m writing this to you from far in the distant past. Like, last Wednesday, or something. Maybe Thursday. Maybe both: hard to say) which means I ramble, and you all look askance at me. It’s the little rituals that bring stability to life, y’know? Today, our shared journey looks... Continue Reading →

Get real

I woke up this morning not having clue one about today's post. I've been neck deep in rewrites as well as doing an editorial job for a new author who is totally AWESOME. Add in my own work hijacking me yesterday and the day before into a different project and, well, MGC fell down the... Continue Reading →

Fragility and how people react to breaking…

Fragility... No I was not talking about my head the morning after. (I used to have a T-shirt as a young climber that said ‘Does the noise in my head bother you?’ just for Saturday mornings.) or about the delicate tissue-fragile feelings of snowflakes, sent hurtling for their ‘safe space’ and their blanky and the... Continue Reading →

What Do You Need to Write?

No, not "What works will bring you instant fortune, more money than your CPA knows what to do with, and undying fame?" but "What conditions and tools do you need in order to produce words? I was hunting around in growing concern (OK, quasi panic) because I couldn't find the box with my extra note... Continue Reading →

Trial by mob, the SJZ preference

I won't devote too much time to rehashing this past week's slanderous sabotaging of Larry Correia (at Origins) which bore an eerie similarity to the slanderous sabotaging of John Ringo (at ConCarolinas.) In each instance, it was a political hit job. And in each instance, there was no proof offered to substantiate the lies which... Continue Reading →

Guest Post: Origins Disgrace

This is a guest post by George Phillies, an author, gamer, and, well, you'll see... You can find more about George's work here, and he is the president of N3F, where you can subscribe for free fanzines that are delightfully focused only on the fantasy, fun, and frolics of fandom, leaving out the politics. You... Continue Reading →

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