What’s In A Hero?

Yesterday was fun. I saw Mrs. Dave off to work, as I usually do, then placated the Wee Horde with flesh of beast, and imbibed the brew of the bean. As I was turning my attention to the doings of the day, however, I noticed a spot of glare in my vision. I couldn’t remember... Continue Reading →

Portmanteau – A Guest Post

A guest post from the delightful and witty Rob Howell is always a pleasure. So let's go play with our words along with him! What is your favorite to create after you read this?  You might know that portmanteau is a great word, but do you know just how wondersational it really is? In medieval... Continue Reading →

A Bonfire of Vanities

As we seem to be caught up in a bonfire of vanities (in Savonarola sense rather than the Tom Wolfe novel) where anything that might lead people to ‘sin’ (in the eyes of the modern fanatic, of the new ‘religion’) must be destroyed, I’m wondering how long before they come for books, and the authors.... Continue Reading →

But I repeat myself

A couple weeks ago, in one of those digression to the tangential comment conversations, I finally realized that my writing reflects my reading, and my reading style isn't necessarily like other folks. I tend to pick up details on the first round, and incorporate them into building out the world and my expectations of the... Continue Reading →

Tactical Romance

This is a subgenre I want to see exist, and be written more of. No, I'm not talking about how to romance a woman with tactical correctness (although there may be a hint of that) ala Lois McMaster Bujold's A Civil Campaign. I'm talking about books that are about tactics first - action! Adventure! and... Continue Reading →

Is telling the truth now safe only in fiction?

I was struck by the recent brouhaha over J. K. Rowling's comments about transsexuality and female identity.  I won't repeat all the details here, but those who didn't follow the controversy can find the details in these articles: J.K. Rowling Writes about Her Reasons for Speaking out on Sex and Gender Issues J.K. Rowling slammed... Continue Reading →

Rinse and Repeat

While trawling KU for something new to read, I recently picked up an urban fantasy that seemed to have a promising start. OK, it wasn’t exactly groundbreaking; an informal, totally non-precise study shows that 66.66% of contemporary urban fantasy novels begin with the (of course) magically talented protagonist fighting for her life against attacking demons... Continue Reading →

Ground Control to Major Tom

A topic that comes up frequently on my radar is, how does the human race leave Earth and settle other planets? I usually bow out of these discussions because a) I have no intention of settling on another planet and b) no space colony would take me, so it’s rather a moot point. But the... Continue Reading →


Writing is a lot like flying a plane.  If no one you know has ever flown a plane, and the entire concept is a little hazy, but you know that birds fly and there must be a way, and therefore you assemble a plane out of duct tape and bale wire. Needless to say most... Continue Reading →

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