Category Archives: Rants

Believe Women Matter

A lot of the discussion – the angry discussion – accompanying the much-applauded fall of Harvey Weinstein focuses on believing women. The argument is that if people believed women when they said they’d been harassed, assaulted, raped, things would change. … Continue reading

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In Troubled Times: Surviving Exhaustion

In previous posts in this series, I’ve written about emotional sobriety, feeling overwhelmed, and finding a personal sanctuary. Now I’d like to talk more about the concrete things we can do to keep our emotional and spiritual balance during the … Continue reading

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Discussing magic in fantasy fiction

If any sufficiently advanced technology, as the quote goes, is indistinguishable from magic, then it is also possible that any sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from a religion. -Alma Alexander from a Book View Café blog post On Magic on August 5, 2016

Any fantasy that is sufficiently internally consistent is indistinguishable from science fiction. -Jennifer Stevenson Continue reading

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Hurricane Season

My hometown is under water. I’ve been obsessed with following the flood news from the Houston area. I don’t have any family down there any more, but I do have friends in the area. While I’m worried about my friends … Continue reading

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A Tricoastal Woman: Charlottesville

My voice teacher in college, Aldrich Adkins, was an African American man about the same age as my father. He served in the Army in World War II. When he was stationed at a base in the south during the … Continue reading

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Why I Won’t See Alien: Covenant

My husband Darwin likes horror movies. As a rule, I don’t. I do like SF movies, though, and here we have ALIEN: COVENANT, which combines the two genres. This, I thought, would be a perfect date movie!  Horror for Darwin, SF for me. … Continue reading

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What’s in a Word: a Writer’s Rant
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My post today comes from my personal website and is part of my THIS IS… series, which I started just to share random things that I find cool or interesting or annoying or special in some way. This is one of … Continue reading

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The Unsatisfying Ending

In the past week I’ve read three books with wholly unsatisfying ending. Each one left me hugely irritated and by the third–I’m just plain pissed off. These three books were romances. Now one of the reasons I was reading them … Continue reading

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My Very Dear Reader . . . writer vs. critic

It is scarcely the province of an author to refute the arguments of his censors and vindicate his own productions, but I may be allowed to make here a few observations with which I would have prefaced the first edition … Continue reading

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The News From 2Dits Farm: The Reaper and the Bambino

OK, 2016, there’s the door. Don’t let it whack you in the fanny on the way out, you miserable sod. Rarely have I felt so much dark energy as these past twelve months have brought, and I gather from Facebook … Continue reading

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