Category Archives: Reading

This year’s Hugo short story nominees

I was very happy to see so many friends and works I love on the Hugo ballot. Since short stories are my thing, I looked up the nominees I hadn’t read in that category and discovered that all of the … Continue reading

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Scary monsters and super creeps

I like stuff that falls between categories, and creatures with motivations difficult to comprehend.Here are four of my favorites. This is not the list of Comprehensible Scary Humanoid Monsters. It’s the list of Holy Shit What Does It Want-Humanoids, which … Continue reading

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Let’s all go to the famine of 1867

I was listening to this song this morning, and got hit with the sledgehammer of vemod, and that’s how I ended up writing a long post about a famine.

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Fillyjonk, oh Fillyjonk

Tove Jansson has been important to me ever since I was a child. BBC published a lovely article about her today, which I would recommend to anyone who thinks she was just about pudgy Moomin trolls.

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Reading binge! Reading binge!

Haven’t been able to read for a while, because of intense writing. But I’m catching up with reading again, and it’s mostly stuff that I’m sorry I haven’t read before:

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Wonderbook: it is exactly that.

Because I teach creative writing, and because I write myself, and because I generally like such things, I frequently use and read books about writing. Stephen King’s On Writing was the first good book I encountered on the subject, for … Continue reading

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Some great stuff I read this week

This essay: “We Have Always Fought: Challenging the Women, Cattle and Slaves Narrative” by Kameron Hurley, which is a look at how we talk about women’s role in history and how screwed-up most people’s image of “realistic” is. It’s an … Continue reading

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Corpsepaint? Don’t mind if I do

So, Saturday. Working on a story draft that doesn’t know if it wants to be a short story or a novella. Hopefully it’ll tell me soon. I just finished Elizabeth Hand’s Available Dark. Not only is it a brilliant story … Continue reading

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Recap on a Thursday

Went to Swecon, which was good. Sat on some panels, geeking out about writing with doctor of fantasy Stefan Ekman and Caitlin Sweet; interviewed the wonderful (and almost frighteningly sharp) Kelly Link; told Joe Ambercrombie I was suspicious of GMs … Continue reading

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Brain food

I peeked in at Dark Roasted Blend for the first time in months, which never fails to suck me in: a magnificent time-waster with some excellent dream and nightmare fuel. Found some pictures of Siberian ghost cities that I used … Continue reading

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