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Thu, Oct. 2nd, 2014, 07:59 am
Fantasy for Good

Originally published at ipse illum dicto. You can comment here or there.

The editor of Fantasy for Good has announced the final table of contents. I’d wax poetic about it, but I have a thesis to revise, a comprehensive exam to prep for, and an academic job hunt to conduct in a soft market. Suffice it to say I’m very pleased with what I’ve read of the anthology so far. #SFWApro

Fri, Sep. 19th, 2014, 08:02 am
It Be Talk Like a Pirate Day!

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Arrr!  Here goes: Read the rest of this entry »Collapse )

Tue, Sep. 16th, 2014, 11:27 am
Convolution 2014

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The Convolution 2014 schedule has been set, and there are six panels where you’ll have a chance to see meRead the rest of this entry »Collapse )

Wed, Sep. 3rd, 2014, 01:36 pm
As Much As Needs To Be Said

Originally published at ipse illum dicto. You can comment here or there.

I taught dialogue in my creative writing class yesterday. One thing I’ve noticed over the years that I’ve always found interesting about dialogue is this: poets tend to be very good at writing it. And I had come up with a hypothesis about why that is, and I decided to test it on the poets in the room. Read the rest of this entry »Collapse )

Mon, Aug. 25th, 2014, 09:18 am
*gasp*

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I finished the rough draft of my MFA thesis last night. Read the rest of this entry »Collapse )

Tue, Aug. 5th, 2014, 03:23 pm
GISHWHES

Originally published at ipse illum dicto. You can comment here or there.

There’s been a lot of talk in the blogosphere the past couple of days about GISHWHES. To be clear, I had never heard of this for-charity international scavenger hunt before the other day, and I have not  done due diligence on it, so I cannot speak to whether or not the organization itself is worthwhile. Let’s assume for the sake of argument that it is. Let’s talk about why so many of your favorite authors are so grumpy about being asked to write a 140-word story about Misha Collins, the Queen of England, and an imaginary creature on behalf of people entered in it.Read the rest of this entry »Collapse )

Tue, Jul. 1st, 2014, 07:54 pm
Greco-Roman Sexuality

Originally published at ipse illum dicto. You can comment here or there.

First the simple part: Ancient Greco-Roman sexuality is not a good model for the modern world to imitate! But that probably sounds a bit random coming out of the blue like that, and it occurs to me you might want to know exactly what the problem is. So let me start by backing up a bit.Read the rest of this entry »Collapse )

Tue, Jun. 24th, 2014, 05:11 pm
In Defense of the Defenders

Originally published at ipse illum dicto. You can comment here or there.

I’m going to break my rule about keeping this blog dedicated to writing, because there’s currently a scandal going on in the science fiction community. Normally I’d keep my mouth shut on a scandal, but things like this do affect us as writers, and it’s good to think about them. For context, Marion Zimmer Bradley’s children have both spoken out publicly (one on the blog of author Deirdre Saoirse Moen and the other on facebook) accusing their mother of having molested them.Read the rest of this entry »Collapse )

Mon, Jun. 9th, 2014, 02:22 pm
“We Can’t Afford To Pay…”

Originally published at ipse illum dicto. You can comment here or there.

Let’s talk money.

I don’t know if it’s beginning to happen more often or if I’m just noticing it more acutely recently, but the phrase, “We don’t pay our writers…” (and the usual variations on it) is showing up in submission guidelines all over the place. The closely related, “We can only offer token payment…” is alarmingly common. Folks, even if you’re just starting out and hungry for exposure, you should regard non-payment, token-payment, and royalty-only offers for publication as a huge red flag.Read the rest of this entry »Collapse )

Sun, Jun. 1st, 2014, 07:57 am
Thought for the Day

True friends are the ones who are there until the end, and they are treasured not just by the one they're there for.

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