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Wax on, wax off

In two days, I will get on a series of planes and fly to Okinawa, where I will spend several days doing karate in an un-airconditioned budokan. I’ve been practicing karate for more than five years now, but this is my first time attending this seminar, which is organized by the man who runs my […]

What I Learned From My Kickstarter

1) You will no sooner click “launch my project!” than you will begin receiving a whole new kind of spam. It turns out there’s an entire cottage industry devoted to offering promotional services for hapless Kickstarter newbies. Given that the great fear of every person who runs a campaign is “what if I held a […]

Pleaser Don’t Doed Thising

Ises thisist difficulting to readed? Does its makely youred teeth’t hurtist, seeinger Englished butcher’ll withs randomen endingt thating don’tst fitted the wordly they’re ons? Then don’t do it when you’re using Latin. Or any other language, for that matter — but Latin is where I see this most frequently done. The general populace recognizes the […]

Seeing the Invisible

Fiction is supposed to be about seeing through other people’s eyes for a little while, experiencing their lives and coming away changed. If you don’t see those people in the first place, though . . . how will they ever make it into the story? Jim Hines has put together a ebook collection called Invisible, […]

Keep Calm and Carry On

There’s been a series of ongoing explosions within the science fiction and fantasy community lately over a variety of interconnected topics, most of them related to gender in one fashion or another. Inflammatory articles, poorly thought-out petitions, harassers at cons, etc. It’s easy to look at this stuff and say, “Oh my god what is […]

The gaps in my shelves

Well, they’re not GAPS. My shelves are too stuffed to have actual gaps in them. If one appears it’s quickly reabsorbed and things arise to fill it, to take up its place – a bookshelf of a true bibliophile abhors a vacuum, after all. But the books I never liked. The books I tried but […]

Timing is the bane of my existence

Lots of writing-advice books talk about the challenge of figuring out what’s going to happen in your novel. Many fewer of them — by which I mean, none that I remember reading — talk about the challenge of figuring out when it’s going to happen. I’m not sure I’ve ever written a book where I […]

On the Island of Happiness, east of Cape Look Out!

On the wall of my office, I have a very large laminated poster of this map. That isn’t a very big image of it, so unless you squint, it’s probably going to just look like a map of the world, with the planets down below. The only thing all that odd-looking about it is the […]

The “real” Thing

Writer Russell Banks gave an interview to the New York Times. In it, this gem: And how would you describe the kinds of books you steer clear of? Anything described by the author or publisher as fantasy, which to me says, Don’t worry, Reader, Death will be absent here. In his brief introduction to Slow […]

January’s Theme: Stranger Than Fiction

Now that the holidays are over (for many of us, at least), it’s the return of the monthly themes! For January, our topic is “stranger than fiction” — which is to say, all the ways in which reality is far, far weirder and more implausible than even our fertile imaginations could possibly concoct. I’m not […]

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Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan is the author of more than forty short stories and seven novels, the most recent of which is the urban fantasy Lies and Prophecy. Visit site.

Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan is the author of more than forty short stories and seven novels, the most recent of which is the urban fantasy Lies and Prophecy. Visit site.

Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan is the author of more than forty short stories and seven novels, the most recent of which is the urban fantasy Lies and Prophecy. Visit site.

Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan is the author of more than forty short stories and seven novels, the most recent of which is the urban fantasy Lies and Prophecy. Visit site.

Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan is the author of more than forty short stories and seven novels, the most recent of which is the urban fantasy Lies and Prophecy. Visit site.

Alma Alexander

Alma Alexander is a Pacific Northwest novelist whose new YA trilogy, "Worldweavers", debuted with "Gift of the Unmage" in March 2007 ("Spellspam" follows in 2008, and "Cybermage" in 2009). Her other books include the internationally acclaimed "The Secrets of Jin Shei". Visit site.

Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan is the author of more than forty short stories and seven novels, the most recent of which is the urban fantasy Lies and Prophecy. Visit site.

Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan is the author of more than forty short stories and seven novels, the most recent of which is the urban fantasy Lies and Prophecy. Visit site.

Alma Alexander

Alma Alexander is a Pacific Northwest novelist whose new YA trilogy, "Worldweavers", debuted with "Gift of the Unmage" in March 2007 ("Spellspam" follows in 2008, and "Cybermage" in 2009). Her other books include the internationally acclaimed "The Secrets of Jin Shei". Visit site.

Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan is the author of more than forty short stories and seven novels, the most recent of which is the urban fantasy Lies and Prophecy. Visit site.

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