On of the (few) advantages to the Covid-19 restrictions—apart from the obvious one of reducing spread—is an acceleration in various venues embracing online exhibitions and performances. Rather than being limited to seeing things that come to Bristol and a few things I made an significant effort to travel to another place to see, I can … Continue reading Squeed
The world is decidedly imperfect but also joyously beautiful. Like most people, I do not exist in constant conscious awareness of that beauty, but reminders surround me, reaching out—sometimes more literally than others. Severed at the wrist yet still reaching toward the audience, echoing the many Classical marble hands exhibited across Europe, this sculpture evoked … Continue reading Touching Joy
Many years ago, most of the fridges of friends were accoutered with magnetic poetry kits. I discovered today via a friend that one can now play with several of the kits for free online. Spared both the annoyance of lost words and the conflict with sociability, it provided a pleasant and productive afternoon coffee break. … Continue reading Create Joy in Our Native Server
...and I'll take your shoe! A happy arbitrary time division to you all. While I don't make resolutions, I am intending to keep my heart pumping; if you'd like to join me, I suggest Truthsurge's rather fine cover of Iron Maiden's "The Trooper". https://youtu.be/KF_0Jgm7JHg I'm sure it's not that complex if you're a professional music … Continue reading You Take My Wife…
Arthur C. Clarke commented that "[t]wo possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying." As a Lovecraft fan, I feel the morbid joy of considering the second possibility, of envisioning a world where the only path to comfort is to turn away from the universe toward … Continue reading The Comfort of a New Bright Age
Many authors name music as a major inspiration for their work: they have a theme song for their lead character, they create a specific playlist for drafting each book, they have go-to songs for particular types of scene. I am the other kind of author. Rebecca Linam's forthcoming article on music influencing writing in Issue … Continue reading Theme Tune to My Un-Life
I've been roleplaying for longer than I've been writing and—while the protagonists in my books don't politely go when I close the document—I still find RPG characters have a bigger presence than those in my books, which makes creating ones I enjoy being with even more important. However—unlike writing a book—I don't have control over … Continue reading Sandwiches Are Mostly Bread
The soon-to-be-released second issue of Mythaxis includes an interview with me. But if you can't wait, the publisher has made the interview available for free here. The article focuses on indie publishing, so if you're interested in the technical side of the writing business you can find my thoughts here.
I greatly enjoyed the string duel between Bill Bailey and Soumik Datta in Tinselworm. Salut Salon have elevated the "competition" to another level though: https://youtu.be/BKezUd_xw20 Today's random thought has been: a piano has strings, but is it a stringed instrument.
The submission window for Fears of a Clown is now closed and I've emailed an acknowledgement for all the stories I've received. So, if you've submitted but haven't had an acknowledgement yet, then let me know so I can confirm whether I received your story. Now the hard work begins for me. Because I've received … Continue reading Time to Be Serious