Pursuing the audience that wants rougher, less consensual sex

Many moons ago, when I was writing more often, I bought a few of books from Siren Publishing. I read one, decided I didn’t care much, and kinda skipped the rest. I picked up two from my collection and started reading them and I’m still convinced that I don’t like them. I don’t remember the […]

Diluting the Premise, or Adding to the Awesome?

I’ve been spending my week copyediting The Bastet, a short collection of contemporary stories I wrote to explore a single, absurdist idea: What is life really like for a catboy or catgirl? Which then requires a backstory: where do cat people come from, such that they can exist in an otherwise recognizable contemporary setting? My […]

A bit of a work in progress, “After The Revolution.”

Note that this is set in the Bastet Universe, as that’s the only contemporary setting I currently have. Janna walked through the showroom, affecting as best she could the disaffected curiosity of her profession, but no previous assignment had ever required she stand in a room of dramatically costumed and decorated naked people. Or "people." […]

Iain M. Banks was “The Next Tolkien.”

We have been on a quest to find “The Next Tolkien™.” There’s always someone being called “The Next Tolkien.” Various names have been tossed out throughout the years: Terry Brooks, Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan. I think we’re all looking in the wrong place: we’re looking at the various “high fantasy” types, when in reality, the […]

Stories are down… (Updated: they’re back.)

I’m sorry about this, I ran an upgrade and now the story engine has completely failed on me.  I have no idea why, and no idea when it’ll be back up.  I’m working on it, but I can only deal with it after I’ve actually met my professional obligations, so it may be a day […]

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