“Relationships are hard. Let’s go shopping.”

In my long-running erotic space opera, The Journal Entries, there’s been an almost as long-running thread around sexbots. With few exceptions, the sexbot stories have always been about second-hand robots; ones whose previous owners for one reason or another have died or abandoned the robot, leaving her (it’s almost always a “her” robot) to figure […]

What writing a book with git looks like

This morning on Twitter, someone posted their commit log for a book they’d written. The commit messages read “Book,” “Book and stuff,” “I erased a bunch of stuff,” “Book stuff,” “More stuff,” etc. etc. Basically, a bad commit log. I decided, in the interests of science! to show my work. ¬†While a lot of it […]

Can an African-American character even go on The Hero’s Journey?

Here’s a provocative thought. ¬†Joseph Campbell defines The Hero’s Journey this way: A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his […]

The missing scene from Yowlers

I wrote this scene a while ago as an explanation for (a) why magic works in the Yowler universe, and (b) how this answer solves the Drake Equation: “The what?” “The Drake equation,” Nick said. “It’s a famous formula. It says that if we look at all the stars in the universe, and calculate the […]

The Star Kingdom of Arendelle is finished. Blessed be.

Thirty-five weeks. Nine months of weekly fiddling and fixing. Almost two years of work. All for one silly Frozen fanfic. And it was silly. And fun. And, knowing me, deliberately sexy. I enjoyed every minute of trying to write a three-act story with rising tension, lots (and lots and lots) of Chekhov’s Pistols, varying levels […]

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