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Just One More Week for I Didn’t Break the Lamp!

| February 21, 2019

There’s one week left on the Mad Scientist Journal Kickstarter for I Didn’t Break the Lamp: Historical Accounts of Imaginary Acquaintances! If you like inventive stories about creatures that may or may not exist, you definitely want to check this out! You can get the ebook for $5, the print book for $15, and there are other […]

Comic Recommendation: The Sun and Wayward Wind

| February 20, 2019

Back in 2017, I posted about an awesome looking Kickstarter on Mad Scientist Journal for The Sun and the Wayward Wind from Dandelion Wine Collective. It’s a comic anthology featuring myths and legends, some of which are reimaginings of traditional myths and some of which are new creations. I finally got around to reading it, because my […]

Quiet Moments of Heroism

| February 19, 2019

Heroes of Necessity is a collection with a lot of quiet moments. These stories aren’t knock down, drag out fights between people in capes and spandex. Instead, the stories focus on discoveries of powers and new applications of powers, and using those powers to fix things without necessarily fighting them. In “Fortissimo Possibile,” Leila argues […]

Breaking Rules of Spec Fic

| February 18, 2019

Some rules are made to be broken. In this article from io9, written by Charlie Jane Anders in 2015, she suggests 10 rules of speculative fiction that she wishes more authors would break. And while some of these rules are already ones a number of authors are breaking, there are some that still need more […]

Fun for Friday: Images as Inspiration

| February 15, 2019

I’m a very visual person, so it’s not entirely surprising that I get a lot of mileage out of images of unusual things. It might be something as simple as these glass-like flowers. The description I found for them says “A flower whose petals turn clear as glass when wet… Diphylleia Grayi otherwise known as […]

The Marsh Sisters and Family

| February 14, 2019

The very first short story I had published was “The Recondite Riddle of the Rose Rogue,” featuring the Marsh sisters, back in 2010. This came up recently because I have a second Marsh sisters short story, “The Marvelous Matter of the Mischievous Monkey,” in the latest volume of the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide. Recently, the editors […]

Movie Recommendation: Legend (2015)

| February 13, 2019

No, not the one from the 80s with Tom Cruise and Tim Curry. The one from 2015 with Tom Hardy and Tom Hardy. Yeah, you read that right. Tom Hardy plays twin brother mobsters, Ron and Reggie Kray. And a nice chunk of the British actors I love are right there alongside him. As a […]

I Didn’t Break the Lamp Story Thoughts

| February 12, 2019

As the Kickstarter for I Didn’t Break the Lamp: Historical Accounts of Imaginary Acquaintances continues, I’ve started thinking about the kinds of stories that we may see in the slush pile. Because our authors always end up surprising us with their imaginative takes on our anthology themes, it’s a little difficult to pin down our expectations, […]

The World is Soft and Quiet

| February 11, 2019

We’re in the midst of some of the heaviest snow I’ve seen since I moved to Seattle, and because the temperatures are barely climbing above freezing each day, it’s sticking around for a while, too. It basically shuts down the city because we don’t have a good infrastructure for dealing with snow, since we normally […]

Fun for Friday: Writing Inspiration

| February 8, 2019

Some days, the words just aren’t there, the well has run dry, or one of several other metaphors about not knowing what to write. When you’ve reached that point, this list of 31 ways to find inspiration for your writing might be helpful! While not all of these techniques work for everyone, odds are that […]