And here is why political discourse is so cocked up

| September 13, 2008

The generally used definition of othering goes along like this: The belief/insistence that someone outside the group is somehow, “categorically, topologically, intrinsically, DIFFERENT.” Also, the use of this belief, the not-understandable “other,” to re-affirm the group’s “normalcy” and identity. There you go, the human history of race, sex and gender identity wrapped up in a […]

Writing women

| September 11, 2008

I just noticed, about 25% of the way into Heretics, that suddenly most of the story is being told from the POV of various female characters.  Compare this to Prophets, where the first major female character doesn’t show up until nearly that late and she isn’t a POV character, at least not until a fair […]

How to Handle Bad Reviews

| September 6, 2008

There are a lot of authors who could take a tip from this book trailer. (Thanks to the Smart Bitches)

Plot- You’re doing it wrong.

| September 5, 2008

There seems to be an occupational hazard in SF movies, to start well— great premise/character/setting— and go completely off the rails in the third act. This may be due to the fact that film is a primarily visual medium, and sometimes, when trying to tie a story onto the visual set-pieces, the writing lags behind. […]

The Obligitory Moderation Post

| September 4, 2008

Just had to kill the first flame war on my blog, which leads inevitably to the post that will appear sooner or later on every single blog that allows commentary.  *drumroll* The Official Moderation Policy Things that will probably get me to pull your comments: Going off-topic in any way I don’t find entertaining or […]

A message for Democrats

| September 3, 2008

Ok, I get it, everyone was surprised, and you all are a little freaked out. I understand that. But since a lot of my friends are Democrats I thought I’d offer some advice so you don’t join the collective stupid which is the interwebs and argue your points with a modicum of sense. Advice the […]