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PLEASE STOP USING INITIAL CAPS AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR CREATIVITY

I know for sure that as a reader of fantasy, and to a slightly lesser degree, science fiction, you have run across a common word with an initial cap used to convey some special emphasis, or just general “specialness,” and … Continue reading

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OUR FLIGHT TIME TODAY WILL BE…?

This post does contain spoilers through the episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones that aired Sunday, August 20, 2017 (Season 7, episode 6: “Beyond the Wall”), so read accordingly.   GAME OF THRONES SPOILERS FOLLOW: YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!   … Continue reading

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AS HENRY MILLER COMMANDS

In the last week or so I came across Henry Miller’s Eleven Commandments of Writing, thanks to Brain Pickings. I’ve had some recent successes with a new to do list scheme, and have been writing more, if still not nearly … Continue reading

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LOVECRAFT’S FIVE DEFINITE ELEMENTS, PART 5: THE DAMAGE IT CAUSES

We’ve come to the end of a five-part series inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s essay “Notes on Writing Weird Fiction” in which one paragraph stood out for me as the beginnings of a horror/weird fantasy manifesto: Each weird story—to speak more … Continue reading

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LOVECRAFT’S FIVE DEFINITE ELEMENTS, PART 4: WHAT MAKES IT SCARY

This week we continue a five-part series inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s essay “Notes on Writing Weird Fiction” in which one paragraph stood out for me as the beginnings of a horror/weird fantasy manifesto: Each weird story—to speak more particularly of … Continue reading

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LOVECRAFT’S FIVE DEFINITE ELEMENTS, PART 3: WHAT IT ACTUALLY DOES

  This is the third part of a five-part series inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s essay “Notes on Writing Weird Fiction” in which one paragraph stood out for me as the beginnings of a horror/weird fantasy manifesto: Each weird story—to speak … Continue reading

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FINDING THE PERSONAL IN THE PROCEDURAL

Lately I’ve been reading some stories that suffer from an excess of what I refer to as procedural description. This is description that moves characters from place to place or otherwise handles bits of logistics, organization, or worldbuilding and that … Continue reading

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