Writing Observations: Backstory

Thursday, May 17, 2018

I finished reading a slim, hardboiled novel the other day of 142 pages and marveled again about how much story these good writers from the ’50s could cram…

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Revisiting Universe R

Monday, September 11, 2017

Many moons ago, back when I blogged as BG_Editor (that’s Black Gate editor), I took a little trip to Universe R. I talked about that trip in an…

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Vargr

Monday, August 14, 2017

For my birthday my friend Brad got me a copy of the newish James Bond graphic novel, Vargr, and it proved just as excellent as the mighty Hocking…

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Good Conduct… and Confusion

Monday, April 13, 2015

Mary Robinette Kowal, in her intelligent, well-mannered way, has launched the most even-handed discussion of the recent Hugo debacle that I’ve yet read. Admittedly, I haven’t scoured the web…

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Music to Waar By

Monday, November 12, 2012

My friend Nathan Long has a new book out, Swords of Waar, a real blast of a sword-and-planet romp. I got to read it and its predecessor in…

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Sword-and-Sorcery

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Some years back I decided that if I was serious about writing fantasy I’d best understand the roots of the genre, and I threw myself into reading work…

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