You know what else is part of the beautiful spectrum of human experience?

Not having kids. Articles like this one seem designed to piss me off and make me pound out ranty things on my keyboard. Yet putting yourself last is one of the best things that can happen to a writer. I make no moral claims for motherhood ­— which can bring out the worst in a person, ...

You keep using those words. I do not think they mean what you think they mean.

So there was the thing over at Jim C Hines’ blog, where I made the mistake of reading comments and once again it made me wonder if we could claim that part of humanity is just something we found on the curb, like an unwanted couch. Jim canceled his Reddit Q&A because there was a ...

United would like to know how I enjoyed my flights to State College

Well, United, let me tell you. My amazing, superfun and exciting travel experience started out with a most enjoyable wait in IAH at the gate where our party plane was supposed to meet my group. Only there was no plane! It was off playing hide and seek with the other airplanes. Those scamps! While the ...

I Give a Homeopathic Fuck About Your Entitled Whining

Dear Sir and/or Madam: Thank you very much for bringing to my attention the important issue of (circle one):a) white people losing their privileged position/racial majority in this countryb) your deep feelings that gay people getting married somehow renders your marriage less specialc) your barely concealed rage that we no longer live in a fictionalized ...

Fifty Shades of Pissed Off

I’m probably not going to rant about what you expect. It’s pretty standard these days for struggling writers who haven’t scored their first novel publication yet to go off on bitter, venomous screeds about, for example, Stephanie Meyer or E.L. James and how damn unfair it is that obviously I can string words together in a ...

Everyone’s a Hero

Everyone’s a hero in their own wayYou and you and mostly me and you. — Captain Hammer Stephen Marche wrote a column about the utter meaninglessness of the word ‘hero’ as currently used in America: We Are All Heroes. The stinger at the end sums the whole thing up nicely: If people living up to ...

Boy Fiction Versus Girl Fiction

A quote: The true perversion, though, is the sense you get that all of this illicitness has been tossed in as a little something for the ladies, out of a justifiable fear, perhaps, that no woman alive would watch otherwise. While I do not doubt that there are women in the world who read books ...