How Musicals Explain Hardcore Porn

December 28, 2015 § Leave a comment

Fascinating discussion of genre, Kazuo Ishiguro and Neil Gaiman, http://www.newstatesman.com/2015/05/neil-gaiman-kazuo-ishiguro-interview-literature-genre-machines-can-toil-they-can-t-imagine

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What does the reader want?

October 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

When asking yourself what each character wants in a scene, don’t forget to ask what the reader wants.

Fierce Friend

March 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

I’m salvaging this from a defunct site of mine.

Fierce Friend

For Jae

Lift your hands to build a wall of thorn and bone
Rise up
Line your stomach with iron, sharpen your teeth on stone
Rise up
Bathe your tongue in acid, cover your eyes with chrome
Rise up
Set your hair on fire, make a whirlwind your throne

Rise up
Rise up

Drag me from the wreakage, blow your breath into my lungs
Rise up
Help me burn the bodies, help me hide the gun
Rise up
Steal us tickets on a fast ship, one that will really run
Rise up
Wrest the wheel from the pilot, set the controls for the sun

Rise up
Rise up

Rattle your sabre in my chapel, root through my flower bed
Rise up
Startle my heart into beating, turn my blood from blue to red
Rise up
Pry my fingers from the brake, blow the ballast, dump the lead,
Rise up
You and I are going somewhere, we’ve got to get there before we’re dead

Rise up
Rise up

2012 pledge – author gender breakdown

August 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

At the beginning  of 2012 I made it a goal to read more books written by women than by men, in 2012.  We are two thirds through the year, and I have just done a tally.  Sadly, I stopped keeping track book-by-book about the seventh book of the year.  I have attempted to recreate my reading history for 2012 as best I can.   Tally is, women 15, men 10.

I think I am missing a few books, and I have the feeling they were written by men, so I am going to handicap it by three books to the men, bringing the tally to women 15, men 13.

I like the results of this effort to read books written by women.  It has meant broadening the net and reading things I probably would not have read otherwise.  The overall quaility of my  2012 reading list is at least as high as my 2011 reading list, and it is more varied.  At the same time, I admit some relief at being able to read some specific books I was holding off on because I didn’t want to miss my quota.   _Bitter Seeds_ by Ian Tregillis is up next.

Fascinating post on alternate way of looking at plot

June 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

The significance of plot without conflict

http://stilleatingoranges.tumblr.com/post/25153960313/the-significance-of-plot-without-conflict

 

 

WIP

January 10, 2012 § 2 Comments

“Your mouth is a chrome plated gun firing blanks.”

Jotted it down right before going to sleep.  Not sure if it is awful or brilliant.

Penny’s Grandma

November 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Met my protagonists Grandma yesterday.  I like that lady.

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