Monthly Archives: June 2015

Reverence

I have just finished reading Emma Thompson’s screenplay of Sense and Sensibility (which is to say, the final shooting script–Thompson wrote dozens of versions of the screenplay before it was acquired and put into production) and her diary from the shoot*.  She … Continue reading

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“Adders. Why did it have to be adders?” [or] Because Max Said So

This is the post I was going to write for Max Adams’ blog, but she wouldn’t let me because she said she doesn’t do snakes. There is irony, here, people. Irony. You see, a few years back before the turn … Continue reading

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BVC announces The Soul Thief by Leah Cutter

Ghosts get stuck sometimes. Franklin sees it as his duty to help them along, get them to pass from this earth to the Beyond. But some ghosts start returning. Haunting Franklin. Destroying his crops. Franklin learns he must use an … Continue reading

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Ex Machina: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough My son, a considerable movie and TV fan, distinguishes between science fiction movies and movies that are SFnal — with all the trappings of SF, but not actually in the genre. He maintains for instance that … Continue reading

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Consideration of Works Past: Lord of Light

(Picture from here.) Long before Roger Zelazny was famous for the Amber series, he won the Hugo for 1967 novel, Lord of Light. Lord of Light is an odd story that blends Hindu mythology, Buddha philosophy, technical progress and science … Continue reading

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Summer Solstice Hike on Mt. Baker

  The Rambling Writer celebrates an early summer with Thor and Bear on the trail. Summer! Darkness finally falls around 10:00 pm in our far corner of the Pacific Northwest near the Canadian border, and this year we’ve been swimming … Continue reading

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Write Hacks 1.1

This character is resistant. She thinks she’s a person, not a minion out of my imagination. She refuses to come to life. Now what do I do? Do I put her off and come up with a new character? (Tried that in the last series. Didn’t work well.) Skip her? (Uh, she’s already written into the first three books, you can’t rewrite her out of the series now.) When the writing gets tough, the tough go shopping. Continue reading

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BVC Announces The Rifter’s Covenant by Sherwood Smith and Dave Trowbridge

The Rifter's Covenant by Sherwood Smith and Dave Trowbridge

The Rifter’s Covenant Exordium 4 by Sherwood Smith The Panarchy is in shambles, coalescing at the military base Ares. Brandon has inherited not only this political tinderbox, but also must face the escalating threat from the invading Dol’jharians and their … Continue reading

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Write Hacks 1

by Brenda W. Clough A write hack is defined (by me) as a small writer trick. Not a major decision that will make or break your entire career, like what software platform to write your movie script on, or whether … Continue reading

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Why Don’t More People Read?: Part 3 of The Business of Books

Right now, approximately 70 million people in North America (US, Canada, Mexico) regularly buy and read books. “Regularly” is defined as buying and reading at least one book a month. This is frequently described in popular media as “nobody reads any … Continue reading

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