The Unreadable Awfulness of Tentacle Porn

In a brave mixture of desperation, curiosity, and briefly having the money necessary to indulge, I went out and bought a couple of tentacle monster porn “books” from the Kindle/Nook self-publishing arm of the universe.  I picked books that were scored better than halfway (2.5 stars or more out of 5), and those that were […]

“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 […]

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