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I love my Compact* Oxford English Dictionary. Yes, it weighs a young ton, and requires a magnifying glass to read, but it’s a gorgeous reference, and one of my favorite world-building tools.  Especially when there’s a word I want to … Continue reading


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Transitions

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Transitions are a big deal in horse parlance. Technically they’re the sequence of strides that move the horse from one gait to another, or into or out of a halt. They should be timed correctly, balanced precisely, and executed smoothly. … Continue reading


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Building the Fictional House
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There’s a very cute little meme on the Interwebs that is supposed to be a writer’s Mission Statement for the day. It goes like this: 1) Drink coffee. 2) Make stuff up. Sounds good. Gives writers a chuckle. But it’s only … Continue reading


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The Writing Life: Re-Entry

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Maybe some writers have uninterrupted careers. I don’t know any, and I certainly don’t qualify. Sometimes it seems that my writing life has been one uninterrupted series of interruptions. If it’s not one thing, it’s not another. Then I have … Continue reading


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Consideration of Works Past: Farnham’s Freehold

(Picture from Farnham’s Freehold for a while now. There is a whole lot of controversy on that book. While race showed up regularly in his work, FF was the only book where he attempted to actually confront it. There was … Continue reading


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10% Above the Waterline

In the days when I was reading slush (unsolicited manuscripts to the fortunately uninitiated) we had a rule of thumb: the more “supporting materials” came with a fantasy manuscript, the more likely the MS was to be rotten. This wasn’t … Continue reading


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[rant] One space or two between sentences?

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Apparently, the b/a/t/t/l/e discussion over whether to use one space or two between sentences r/a/g/e/s/o/n continues. Since I have not yet expressed my opinion on the subject, here it is: You have got to be kidding me, right? Of all … Continue reading


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What’s in a Word: Emotional Atmosphere
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Like all writers, I have a special relationship with words. In my case, I love them. I am fascinated by the way they work (or fail to work), the myriad ways in which they can be misunderstood, misused, even abused … Continue reading


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Sea Changes

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As I write this, the World Science Fiction convention in London is winding down. I “attended” the Hugo Awards ceremony from Arizona in the USA via video stream and running twitter and text updates. Life in the future. That was … Continue reading


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Story Excerpt Sunday: From Writing Fight Scenes by Marie Brennan

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Writing Fight Scenes by Marie Brennan So you’re working on a story, and there comes a point where it ought to have a fight scene. But you’re sitting there thinking, “I’m not a martial artist! I’m not a member of … Continue reading


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