[Ask a Geologist] Huge Tracts of Land 3

This should probably be more appropriately titled “Ask a Lady Geologist” but we all know I hate that term. But this is also not about the geology so much as the real estate. You know, boobs. Okay, so a dear friend of mine mentioned a descriptive phrase for body position oft-used in our genre: “She ...

Drawing the line 3

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, these last couple of days. Well, as much thinking as possible considering I’ve been getting about five hours of sleep a night and work is slowly consuming my brain, my soul, and probably my major viscera. (But hey, workshop day is tomorrow! Then I get to relax have ...

Reading stories, wrestling pigs, the repetition of history. You know, the Hugos.

I edited my post from yesterday to add this, but I’m going to make it as a statement all its own too (with a little expansion), since I don’t think I made this point as strongly as I wanted. While my sideeyeing here is mighty, I’m going to do my best to give the fiction in the Hugo ...

Happy Hugo Nomination Day! (In which I go “Yay!” and sideeye simultaneously.) 5

I know, I drop off the internets for two weeks (I have a massive slate of excuses that I’m planning to elaborate on…soon-ish) and then two posts in one day! Zomg! But the Hugo nominations just got released, so I’m going to react in between moving my plate so my cat can’t get to my ...

OH MY GOD GUYS I’M GONNA JOIN THE ILLUMINATI 1

from: candis.alston@xxxxxx bcc: katsuhiro@gmail.com date: Sun, Apr 13, 2014 at 1:37 PM subject: INVITATION TO THE GREAT ILLUMINATI Your email was selected among the ten lucky people giving the opportunity of becoming rich and popular by joining the great Illuminati network for more details please contact email ([redacted]) for more details. Er. Wait. No. I’m ...

[Movie] The Grand Budapest Hotel

As Wes Anderson a movie as was ever Wes Andersoned by Wes Anderson, to be sure. The Grand Budapest Hotel is basically everything I could have wanted it to be and then some. The entire movie feels very carefully unreal, in a way that reminds me of cartoons that are made entirely of cut paper ...

In which I talk to myself about why I like Thor best, don’t mind me

Look, I’m just going to talk to myself about superhero movies for a minute, so don’t you mind one bit. Move along, nothing to see here. I mean the Thor franchise collectively, since I’d be a massive liar if I claimed I liked Thor the character better than his utterly cracked little brother. But I’ve ...

I wrote a story! The Heart-Beat Escapement (and a little bonus) 2

I have a new story out today from Crossed Genres: The Heart-Beat Escapement Please read and enjoy! This story is one that went through a lot of drafts–nine in total. It started out about 1500 words longer than it is now. Something about the way Greensmith says but grates. “I already know that,” Owen snaps. ...

Anonymous reviewing on Amazon and the HWA letter 5

HWA wrote an open letter to Jeff Bezos requesting to change the way Amazon reviews work. (ETA: Whoops, URL for that link was borked, it’s now fixed, sorry about that!) In our view, beyond profanity and spitefulness, an inappropriate review would be one that: indicates the customer has not read the book, but only a ...

Three Non-Exhaustive Lists 1

Things that are none of your business (a non-exhaustive list): My decision to not change my last name The last time I shaved my legs The conversations I have with my gynecologist If and when I’m going to have kids If I’m on birth control and why Things that are none of my business (a ...