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 two reasons. Firstly, his relaxed stance on sucky writing. Secondly, describing stories as archaeological finds […]
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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 eye-opener. From there one can go to Foz Meadow’s link-loaded ammunition for the next time […]
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 (it’s Hand), but a lot of fun because it delves into the Nordic black metal […]
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 writing fantasy (long story), after which he told me he was a GM (heh). Reading: […]
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 as atmospheric inspiration for some of the environments in Amatka, here. Then there’s an interview […]
Igår var det släppfest för Jenny Milewskis debutroman Skalpelldansen. Jag är igenom första tredjedelen, och det är verkligen inte någon vanlig splatterhistoria – jag läser den också som en metakommentar på skräckgenren, skrivprocessen och kultursfären. Intertextualitet är det rätta ordet, tror jag. Dessutom med en njutbart slipad och glasklar prosa som blir helt obarmhärtig när […]
If you head over to the new-fangled mag Goldfish Grimm’s Spicy Fiction Sushi, you can read Adam Israel’s melancholy and moving story Control. It’s not your usual science fiction tale. We workshopped the first draft of this at Clarion, and it was a very powerful story even then. It’s even better now. Kali Wallace’s story […]