Author Archives: Alma Alexander

Why do characters… #4:Why do characters love?

Love is one of the guiding principles of the human condition. Things have been done in the name of love – both great things and evil things – that defy explanation, or rationalization. Love is what love is, and when … Continue reading

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Why do characters… #3: Why are bad characters (villains) so much fun?

Protagonists are all very well. You pick a central character whose story you will tell, you get into their head, you understand his or her point of view.  A protagonist like that generally has to carry the spear for the … Continue reading

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Month of Museums #5: Back to the Classics…

There’s actually a link back to the previous museum here, because one of the SFM traveling exhibitions is due to appear at the Norton Museum of Art, in West Palm Beach.Been there. Saw that.It’s got a helluva bad website, apparently, … Continue reading

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Month of Museums #3: A matter of faith

And now, for something completely different – from the halls of science and industry of the previous museum into the arched vaults of faith.It was the Sunday of the Montreal Worldcon, August 2009. The con was pretty much to all … Continue reading

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Why do characters…#2: Why do characters lie?

  The Big Lie The Unreliable Narrator is a character who tells the reader a story which cannot be entirely trusted, or taken at face value. The narrator might be deliberately deceptive, or they may be telling a perfectly reasonable … Continue reading

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Month of Museums #2: It’s Electrifying!

This little town where I now make my home, tucked away in the beautiful foothills of the Cascades, would not be the first place you would think of if you were to consider the establishment of a museum dedicated to … Continue reading

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Month of Museums #1: Let’s start on a personal note….

A perpetual crisis which beset my globetrotting family every so often, during my school-going years, was that we would inevitably find ourselves stuck at some sort of crossroads which necessitated shifting living arrangements to some other and different country and … Continue reading

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Why do characters… #1: Why do characters do stupid things?

We’ve all read those books. The ones where everything is going swimmingly and then somebody you’re supposed to care about does something so eye-wateringly dumb that your eyes hurt from rolling, and that sound you hear is your molars grinding … Continue reading

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Alma’s Bookshelf: Midnight at Spanish Gardens

Follow me. Let me take you somewhere. Let me take you to a place which once was real and is now no more, a place that existed as the worst-kept secret of the University where I was young, handed down … Continue reading

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Five things to do with your life before you’re ready to be a writer

Another year is almost over, and it’s time to begin reflecting – amongst other things – on the act of writing, and those who perform it. Here’s something true: before you can write about life, at least adequately, you have … Continue reading

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