Story Excerpt Sunday: From Ardent Forest by Nancy Jane Moore

Ardent Forest by Nancy Jane Moore The young women approached the box to pay their respects to the Governor. “Daddy,” Cecily said. “Governor,” said Rosa, wondering exactly when she had stopped calling him “Papa Guy.” “Daughter,” said the Governor, beaming … Continue reading

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Chaz Brenchley Novelette in Year’s Best SF

Chaz Brenchley’s SF Novelette “The Astrakhan, the Homburg and the Red Red Coal” will be featured in Gardner Dozois’ Year’s Best Science Fiction anthology (#33) for 2015. The story was originally published in Lightspeed magazine’s June special issue (#61)—Queers Destroy Science Fiction.  Conga-rats … Continue reading

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Writing a story, building a world – part 5: WHY

Read WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN in previous installments. Continuing – Question 5: WHY The question of motivation has been discussed a lot, to the point of being made fun of. Remember that immortal exchange in ‘Galaxy Quest’: “You’ve got to … Continue reading

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BVC Eats: Black-eyed peas and ham hocks

I always use fresh black-eyed peas. The fresh ones are much finer and creamier in texture, and never grainy. You can also taste some faint yet distinctly flavorful and complex sugars in the fresh peas, sugars that go stale when the peas are dried. Be aware that ham hocks are all hat and no cattle. You get maybe two tablespoons’ worth of meat for each ham hock.

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