Clarity Over Cleverness, the Key to Fun Stories

I’d like to share an excellent post by Brian Niemeier, which itself is sharing and replying to another great article by Daddy Warpig over on the Castalia House blog. The gist of the longer article is encapsulated in Brian’s post. Clarity over cleverness. As Brian points out, the science fiction genre has fallen from being…

On Dragon Awards Drama, and Author-Reader Relations

Once again, I find myself compelled to make a quick, off-the-cuff post despite having a number of other things I would rather–and should be–doing. This wasn’t the most productive week for me, in part due to non-writing obligations, but that doesn’t lessen the workload. (And, I recently learned that I finally have a confirmed date…

On Identity

The word identity, or perhaps, the concept of identity, has become increasingly politicized of late, first with the general rise of identity politics, and, more recently, with identitarian movements that, seeing as identity politics are here to stay, they have to make strong statements regarding who they are. As for me, personally, while I sympathize…

Why I Write Space Opera, and Why it’s Awesome

The question, “Why do you write [insert genre, type of story]?” is one that writers can be certain someone will as at one point or another. So, I think I’ll get the jump on that question, or at least on one of my answers, as I also write fantasy, and plan to write historical fantasy…