The Paleontology of Plotting

As I jubilantly expressed on twitter last night, I've found a plot! Finding a plot is rarely, I think, like tripping over an unconsidered trifle or discovering a lost item during a ramble through the woods. It's more like paleontology. You know there's something under there -- at least you're pinning a lot of hope and … Continue reading The Paleontology of Plotting

History in Fantasy

I read a pair of fun Tumblr articles today from The Writing Cafe: "Your Fantasy Story Is Bothering Me, Pt 1 and Pt 2". Apart from being a good giggle, it reminded me of a personal thesis I have: that a good fantasy writer ought, too, to be a good historian. I think this is true … Continue reading History in Fantasy

Reflections on Revisions

So remember those revisions that I started way back in June? Last week, I finally finished them. This draft took longer than some earlier revisions had, because it involved a lot more restructuring -- that "Come to Proserpina" moment did its job and forced me to really rethink a lot of the shape of the … Continue reading Reflections on Revisions

Early Exposure to SF/F

I read a comment on a Fantasy Faction article earlier today that made me sad. In an article about how women are systematically under-represented and under-marketed in the SF/F genres, some dudebro felt the need to comment asking, and I quote, "Honestly, who really cares if there aren’t as many female authors as male authors…?" … Continue reading Early Exposure to SF/F

Why Do I Care? (On gender disparity and the Star Wars VII casting news)

The Star Wars VII casting news has caused a lot of disappointment and not a small bit of outrage on the internet today, largely related to its lack of diversity. And a lot of that is focused on the fact that of all the newly introduced cast members, exactly one is female. This stings. I'm not … Continue reading Why Do I Care? (On gender disparity and the Star Wars VII casting news)