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Worldbuilding with Food

Posted by in worldbuilding on 17. Oct, 2013 | 7 Comments

Today Slate is featuring the pressure-cooker innovation that made Kentucky Fried Chicken one of the most successful fast-food brands in history. At the same time Wired is doing a series on food innovation and the “miracle of processed food” (print-only at this time, but I will link you to another interesting Wired article.) In recent […]

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Something Whimsical This Way Comes.

Posted by in Genre Talk on 10. Oct, 2013 | No Comments

Being part of a collaborative group website means: 1) you are not a lone wolf howling in the sagebrush, the Unabomber shambling in a shack, or some unwashed dude living in his mom’s basement, but part of the whole—other people depend on you to occasionally pull your weight, contribute, help out, do something, or anything […]

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Never the same river twice

Posted by in Genre Talk on 07. Oct, 2013 | 2 Comments

We’re always told that if we want to write well, we should read widely and voraciously, and I totally agree with that—if you haven’t absorbed the rhythms of good prose and are unfamiliar with the conventions of your genre, the chances of you producing something awesome are greatly reduced (though not impossible). I certainly devoured […]

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Dinosaur Porn and What It Taught Me

Posted by in Genre Talk on 03. Oct, 2013 | No Comments

Okay, here goes: I’m gonna talk for a moment about rape scenes, and how a person like me — and perhaps other persons who have been involved in critiquing fiction — responds to rape (and rapey) scenes. In all honesty, I don’t think this is too immensely triggery, but TRIGGER WARNING FOR RAPE NONETHELESS — […]

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The Botched Language of Jernigans: On Fans and Fannishness and Not Feeling Like You Belong

Posted by in Genre Talk on 30. Sep, 2013 | 18 Comments

Sometimes, I get to feeling pretty distant from fandom. Sometimes, it just seems like such a weird thing, being a fan. Point in fact, of course, I never was a fan of anything — at least not in the traditional way of thinking about fans as people who communicate their passion to other folks with […]

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Authors and Bloggers and Fans, Oh My

Posted by in Genre Talk on 16. Sep, 2013 | 15 Comments

If you were on Twitter yesterday, likely you saw the firestorm of debate generated by a column at Strange Horizons: “You Got Your Industry In My Fanwork” by SFF blogger Renay of Lady Business.  If you haven’t read the column and its comments, you should; but as a short summary, Renay discusses her discomfort with […]

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Telling Tales

Posted by in Genre Talk on 31. Aug, 2013 | 5 Comments

Since I was very small I’ve had an irresistible desire to tell stories. In primary school, my ‘What I Did On My Holidays’ homework was five or six times longer than my classmates’. Not because I did more interesting things on my holidays; I didn’t. I simply couldn’t recount those things without making a story […]

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Smoke and Mirrors and Fiction

Posted by in Genre Talk on 22. Aug, 2013 | 8 Comments

I’m always irritated by people who imply that writing fiction is an escape from reality. It is a plunge into reality and it’s very shocking to the system.” ― Flannery O’Connor Betsy bravely tackled the subject of whether we should distinguish authors and their beliefs from their works. I want to talk about why I generally choose difficult […]

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Critiques – yay or nay?

Posted by in Genre Talk, Inside the Story on 19. Aug, 2013 | 20 Comments

The internets are awash with advice for would-be writers, and published ones, too, some of it quite contradictory at first glance. Anyone who has read enough author’s blogs, survived a creative writing course or participated in a writer’s forum can dish out a few good ones without stopping to think: Write for yourself. Write for […]

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I Am What I Write. Or Am I?

Posted by in Inside the Story on 15. Aug, 2013 | 14 Comments

With the film ENDER’S GAME being released this year and Orson Scott Card’s vocal views against homosexuality, there’s been a lot of talk how closely aligned fiction is with authors’ worldviews and whether those worldviews (even if not touched on in the story) should affect reader’s interest in certain books. But this is not a […]

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