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I’m a-doin’ the Write-A-Thon

I’ve never been to a Clarion. Or any six-week workshop. Never worked in the kind of career field that would permit it, and never had a fortuitous conjunction of money and unemployment in between careers. Still, I like the idea of the whole thing — creativity boot camp, total immersion in ideas and discipline with […]

The obvious vs the oblique

You may have noticed that I’ve been a little quiet lately. Sorry! It’s the whole two-fulltime-jobs thing; doesn’t leave a lot of time for extras. So in the spirit of maximizing efficiency, this is a two-birds-with-one-stone post: I’m going to talk about writing, which I haven’t done here for awhile, and I’m also going to […]

The Tough Guide to Fantasyland’s Exotic Locales

More smart stuff from other people. Rising star of the SFF genre Shweta Narayan posted this hilarious (but also sadmaking) homage to Diana Wynne Jones’ Tough Guide to Fantasyland — the Tough Guide to Fantasyland’s Exotic Locales. She explains, My cold-addled brain has been sort of fixated on context, of late, namely the racist/Orientalist/fetishizing contextual […]

Futurestates

I was given a heads-up on this by unusualmusic over at the Racebending blog, and was so wowed by what I saw that I want to share. With everybody. I blog a lot about how frustrated I am by the lack of social realism in SFF. If even half the energy SFF creators expended on […]

Brilliance from Hal Duncan

The status quo is segregation. It’s a state of segregation in which black, queer and members of other abject groups are not deemed to belong as main characters. This is the segregation of not being able to sit at the front of the bus. They may be allowed in as an exception if it “serves […]

Stuff’s a-comin’

I’ve mentioned this here before, but just saw this great writeup on the Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities anthology forthcoming from Ann and Jeff VanderMeer over at io9. This Lambshead volume — not to be confused with the last one — is jam-packed with stories and snippets by some seriously shiny literary lights, including […]

Hardcover!

An update for those of you who like your epic fantasies like you like your significant others — er… hmm. I’m not sure I can continue that analogy and avoid an X-rating. Uh… um… Just finish that one off yourselves. Anyway, the Science Fiction Book Club’s versions of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and The Broken […]

Monday Fantastic Monday; Carl Brandon Drawing ends!

Today has been a really good day. Can’t talk about why yet, alas, until things are official. But whoa, the coolness. Best Monday ever. I can’t wait to tell you. All that aside, though, there’s one good thing I can tell you about, or remind you about since I’ve already mentioned it here and on […]

SLF Travel Grant

What I’ve been doing in my spare time lately: I was one of the judges for the Speculative Literature Foundation’s Gulliver Travel Research Grant this year. I was one of the winners of this grant a few years back, and I used it for a kickass trip to Canyon de Chelly in Chinle, Arizona, in […]

It’s September 1. Do you know where your sample chapters are?

Why, right here — that is, if you’re looking for chapter 1 of The Broken Kingdoms. There is now a page devoted to book 2 live in the overhead navbar, too. As I mentioned awhile back, I’ll be posting the first three chapters of book 2 over the course of the next three months, leading […]