The Author in the Story

No, not the so-called authorial Mary Sue/Marty Stu school of fiction, where the reader realizes that the protagonist is the author, just perfected in every way. I can think of one, maybe two people who got away with that for one book, possibly two. Stan Lee slipping himself into the comics on occasion doesn't count,... Continue Reading →

Altered States

[--- Karen Myers ---] I had a dream a while ago... I was standing motionless, and all around me there were crowds of people going about their business. The scenes shifted, but the situation remained the same.None of them could see me. There was a sense of removal, not as if I were a ghost... Continue Reading →

Narrator’s point of view

'The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.' Proverbs 18 verse 17 Follow any court case - or even any debate, and if you're undecided, it's who puts the most convincing case, which is both logical and consistent. The facts, set out by either party, from their... Continue Reading →

Narcissism, writers, and readers

I recently came across an article discussing how narcissism has become an increasing problem in America. In 2008, Twenge published a study comparing college students' scores on the Narcissistic Personality Inventory scale to scores from students in 1979, finding that levels of narcissism had risen roughly 30 percent. Additional research has evinced this increase. "59%... Continue Reading →

Mat and couse

"And the mouse-police never sleeps..." Jethro Tull, Heavy Horses The hunter and the hunted... so many books. And many is the book told from the point of view of the hunted. The hunted themselves may have goals (sometimes to defeat the hunter - See LotR). I was thinking about the structure of these. The typical... Continue Reading →

Miscellaneous thoughts about writing

This is going to be a stream-of-consciousness sort of post.  Over the past few weeks I've been heavily involved in editing;  planned and made a start on a brand-new series (so far including a huge amount of research and only a little writing);  and spent a few days with a scratched cornea, which made extended... Continue Reading →

Visualizing a world view

One of the more frustrating things for a writer is building the fictional world within which their characters will take life and form.  If it's not done properly, it'll show in the shallowness of the background against which the plot plays out.  What's more, it'll frustrate readers, who are trying to form their own visualization... Continue Reading →


A chance mention of F-IW – reference to a book I read when wild fax machines still roamed the earth and people still knew the terrifying scent of Gestetner machine duplicating fluid (on which many a fanzine was produced) brings up today’s post. It’s a reference to ‘Freedom – I won’t' in Eric Frank Russell’s... Continue Reading →

In My Experience

Another week gone by, and another Tuesday here. Our own Amanda Green is taking a few weeks to power through a few things, including another book (keep an eye here for more news of that) and so Jon LaForce and I are going to be picking up the slack while she takes a much deserved... Continue Reading →

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