Massive Post of NaNoWriMo Awesomeness

Every autumn since 2005, I've spent preparing (or sometimes scrambling last minute) for the start of November, and the beginning of National Novel Writing Month. For those of you that don't know, NaNoWriMo is a challenge to write a novel of at least 50,000 words in the thirty days during the month of November. I'm … Continue reading Massive Post of NaNoWriMo Awesomeness

New (to Me) Blog: The Days and Nights of kashmirgirl1976

I discovered this blog this evening, after she discovered us. She has a nice write-up this month of horror movies, and I recommend checking it out. Though I'm not sure I can trust her... she says that there might be "an adequate amount" of Sherlock/Benedict Cumberbatch on her page, and frankly, I don't know if … Continue reading New (to Me) Blog: The Days and Nights of kashmirgirl1976

Laugh While You Can… That Means You’re Still Breathing

The Land of Laughs was lit by eyes that saw the lights that no one's seen. Jonathan Carroll, The Land of Laughs In my irregular series on creepy books in honor of the impending autumn, I present to you one of the funnier ones. To a point. This book reads like a light surreal comedy … Continue reading Laugh While You Can… That Means You’re Still Breathing

The Detective with a Funny Hat

Reblogged from Stark Writing Crazy: This has become shorthand in some writing circles for character traits that are just pasted on like they were cut out of construction paper and glued to the guy at the last moment. These traits don’t actually affect anything in the story, but the author, and some readers, are convinced … Continue reading The Detective with a Funny Hat

Choosing the Right Thread

Last week, Matthew Rettino of the excellent site The Vinciolo Journal, left a comment on one of my articles: [I]t’s a genre that’s here to stay, for sure. One of the reasons being, that most of history is speculation. And fantasy is speculative literature. As someone who is both a student of literature and of … Continue reading Choosing the Right Thread