Recent posts tagged fantasy


2022


Self-Criticism Session

What do you do when you find yourself writing the kind of book you might take issue with if someone else wrote it?

Here, Now, Nowhere

On using Zen Buddhist notions of time in writing SF&F.

A Clear(er) Head For The Future

What Zen taught me about writing SF&F, part 1.

Magpie Mind Power

With every story set in a strange new world, give yourself as many individual elements of wonderful strangeness to draw on.

In The Right Spirit

More notes on writing SF&F, as a Buddhist- and Zen-influenced author.

Knots Within Knots

The job of a storyteller should not be to make things complex, but to find common threads in complex things. Doubly so in SF&F.

2021


Moving Parts Grind The Gears

On the balance between a story with too many rules and not enough.

An Amiable Chaos

How science fiction and fantasy stories live and die by their technical details, for both better and worse.

2020


The Function Of Fantasy, As Per Lynda Barry

Fantasy can be used as a distraction, but its job is to give us new ways to look at what's around us every day,

The Beatings Shall Continue, And All That

It is not required to substitute ugly things for lovely ones in the name of some spurious bid for truth.

The New Absurd Is The New Normal

And how we might be able to write about it.

The Impossible Factor

Why SF&F have something to teach us even when it isn't "real".

Not Coming To A Book Near Me

Why I wasn't going to do post-apoc, or apoc-in-general, stories -- yes, even long before COVID-19 came along.

Escapism In Bad Times

The point isn't to run away from what's around you, but to see something new despite it.

The Unplanned Obsolescence Of Our Dreams

SF and fantasy both have shelf lives, but drastically different kinds.

2019


The Blankest Of Slates And Pages

What happens when we take a genre and remove everything from it that we'd label as being part of that genre?

Up The Academy

No more superhero/wizard academies based on British boarding schools, please!

2018


Future Schlock

On how SF tries to imagine the future, and how that needs to be more than uplift or doomsaying.

A Bridge To The Quiet Planet

My good friend Steve Savage has his first novel out. Go grab it.

2017


Kid Stuff, Labels, And Vonnegut's Lament

It's a problem when you fall in love with the (SF) exception and not the (SF) rule.

Changing It Up

Take a book that's not SF. Imagine it as SF. What would it be like?

Politicaliterary Dept.

On politics in literature, spoken and unspoken (and a few other things).

2016


Kill 'Em All And Let George Sort 'Em Out Dept.

On GRRM's dead pool (lower case, haha).

Can You Picture That Dept.

Failures of imagination are about more than bad worldbuilding or ripping off someone else's warp drive concept.

To Cut The Drum Open (And See What Makes It Go Bang) Dept.

There are times when you want to keep the mystery, and there are times when you don't.


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