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GALEN STOOD UP. “LEAD WITH ACTION!”

First of all, be extremely cautious around “trendy” writing advice. If someone tells you that, for instance, no one ever reads prologues so never write a prologue… well, that one I’ve already debunked. Another that keeps popping up is that … Continue reading

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THE SPECTER PRIESTESS OF WRIGHTSTONE: EXPLORING WEIRD TALES Vol. 5, No. 1—PART 23

I continue to be amazed by the sheer volume of content contained in the January 1925 issue of Weird Tales, which has been keeping us busy for closing in on two dozen posts. Back in those days, fourteen years before … Continue reading

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WRITING ABOUT MUSIC IS LIKE…

Martin Mull (or so it is believed) once said, “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.” I first read that attrbuted to Elvis Costello, but in any case, was he/were they right? I think what Martin Mull (and Elvis … Continue reading

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I SEE YOUR POST-APOCALYPSE AND RAISE YOU ONE DYSTOPIA

I have to admit I’ve never been a huge fan of post-apocalyptic fiction. I liked the movies Road Warrior and Mad Max: Fury Road. I liked the first few seasons of The Walking Dead. But beyond that? I was forced … Continue reading

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A CHANGELING SOUL: EXPLORING WEIRD TALES Vol. 5, No. 1—PART 22

Our next story from the January 1925 issue of Weird Tales is “A Changeling Soul” by Victor Lauriston—another name that didn’t ring a bell for me. I find it fascinating how this issue of Weird Tales features such a range of … Continue reading

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POLITICS REAL AND IMAGINARY

I feel as though, especially now, I could make a case that all politics is imaginary. In the same way that lines on a map don’t tend to show up in real life, lines between political parties, functionaries, movements, and … Continue reading

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COULD YOU WRITE A RANDOM FANTASY NOVEL?

Honestly, if I saw this post out there by anyone else I’d be the first person to start throwing rotten vegetables at it. Of course you can’t randomly generate a novel—a work of art—using some computer program or set of … Continue reading

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