Monthly Archives: January 2011

Strunk, White and Sex

I dug out a long abandoned short story with the idea of reviving and finishing it and got a lot of writing done. So here are some writing links: The Financial Times discusses style guides and what does and does … Continue reading

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Alone Among Bikers

Yesterday, I was at the annual Oldenburg Motorbike Show with my Dad. My Dad’s the biker, I just tag along, so he’ll have someone to talk to and hang out with. Though I did see some neat stuff such as … Continue reading

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Return of the Silencer?

Lately, I’ve been thinking about doing something more with The Silencer, a pulp-style masked vigilante hero I created in the early 2000s, when I became interested in the pulp magazines and their writers. I have a great deal of respect … Continue reading

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A Hustle moment and some links

At school today, I was practicing asking for and giving directions with the kids. First we used a practice map of a made-up town stuffed full with all sorts of interesting places to go and then the London tube map. … Continue reading

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Genre Nomenclatura

Catherynne Valente explains why she doesn’t like the term “speculative fiction”. (Link found via Charles Tan) I don’t agree with her at all, because I find the term “speculative fiction” very useful. If we’re talking about works that are very … Continue reading

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Films and why they largely suck these days

So this year’s Oscar nominations have been announced and once again the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has decided to nominate a whole bunch of films that I have neither seen nor have even the slightest desire to … Continue reading

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Miscellaneous Links

Busy tonight preparing schoolwork for tomorrow, so here is a bunch of miscellaneous links: Here is an interesting article in the New York Times exploring why little girls feel the need to dress up as princesses. I particularly like the … Continue reading

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newleaf makes headlines

Today, the local paper Weser Kurier ran an article about newleaf, the literary magazine that published my first texts and that I’ve been working for as the sales manager for several years now. The newleaf homepage (also linked on the … Continue reading

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Historical fiction and cultural assumptions

Lately, I have been blogging about my frustrations with historical fiction and film more than once. It seems that Lynne Connolly shares my frustrations with the inaccuracy of many historical romances. At any rate, she writes about titles, inheritances, entails, … Continue reading

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Visual Inspiration

I don’t have a whole lot to say today, so here are three writing links: Lilith Saintcrow has a good post on planning fight scenes. Lynn Viehl writes about style, mood and visual inspiration at Paperback Writer. Some good ideas … Continue reading

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