Category Archives: Faith and Religion

Writing Retreat, Part 3: Writing as an Act of Faith

As I said in my last two posts, I recently went on a writing retreat to work on my current science fiction novel, The Reefs of Time. There was an interesting faith component to this retreat. While the act of … Continue reading


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Evil, the Fantastic, and Making Sense Out of Pain

Demon from the Dictionnaire Infernal

I don’t think it’s possible to discuss evil without talking about the literature of the fantastic. We hear people talk about “evil incarnate,” usually in reference to some person or institution that has committed particularly heinous acts, as if evil … Continue reading


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Uses of the Undead: Part 5

Last week we considered the importance of narrative in monster-wrangling, and looked at the ultimate weapon of the Powers, the narrative opiate of the people: the Myth of Redemptive Violence. This week we unveil the people’s ultimate weapon, subversive agape, … Continue reading


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Uses of the Undead: Part 3

In last week’s post we looked at the three magical weapons that popular culture has with which to fight monsters, including poop. Thus armed, let’s consider our strategy and then go look under the bed. With Fava Beans and Chianti for All Taking … Continue reading


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Uses of the Undead: Part Two

In last week’s post we looked at the strengths of monsters and why they’re so hard to defeat. This week we’ll take a peek into the People’s Armory: there’s some serious shit in there. Slouching towards Gotham When monsters multiply … Continue reading


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Uses of the Undead: Part One

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that those who feel helpless, must be in want of a monster. Well, maybe not universally, but so it seems to me. When events concatenate in a way too complex for our hunter-gatherer minds, … Continue reading


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Advice to a [Young] Writer

I ran across a fragment from the diaries of Anais Nin recently, advice she wrote to a aspiring young writer. Leonard was only 17, but the words spoke to me with equal force at almost four times his age: I … Continue reading


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Reaching More Than One Audience

I sometimes joke that my work is fiction — “I make it all up” — but that isn’t true. All writers draw to some extent on our own experiences and environments, not to mention what we’ve studied, heard about from … Continue reading


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Creative People

Most people understand that there is a difference between people who are creative and those who are not. Those who are not often wish they were able to think up wonderful things so they might be lauded as geniuses and … Continue reading


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The Changing Face, Clothes, and Mood of Britain

Three items of news this week. One concerns an interesting census item, one is a fun weather related story, and the other is a cure for depression. First, the census. Now, I’m sure those clued up people, who frequent the … Continue reading


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