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 […]

Fanfiction is Communist! (really not really)

This morning, I was reading an interview with writer Svetlana Alexievich. In it, she writes, We [Russians] are a word-centric country. It’s this Russian tendency to live in an idea or that people tend to live by the word and in the book. There has always been this ingrained idea in people’s minds that books […]

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