We’re waiting for the other shoe to drop. For those of us who remotely identify with the left, tracking its trajectory is agony.
Some of us need to take time out to process and grieve, and to support to our vulnerable friends. However, when the dust settles that shoe will still be falling.
This isn’t a sim. Real world turns take months and years to play out. That shoe will be a long time falling. We must not let it clog our brains and fritter away the precious u
One of the stranger quirks of literary history is the collaboration between the big morose Texan pulpster and the genteel Oxford don.
To blame is a mysterious Englishman who interrupted Howard’s planned suicide by suggesting he instead seek death by volunteering in the Spanish Civil War. This in turn led to Howard being wounded and sent to convalesce in England with an Oxford-based group of left wing sympathisers.
Though he was still guilt-wracked because of the deat
“Great Great Granddad never shot a Frenchman”
There’s this idea that few of us feel truly grown up, that inside the typical 60 year old is a 16 year old going, “What the hell is happening to me?”
Charlie wrote a wise article about this (comments are also worth reading). In a nutshell:
We can never measure up to the apparently godlike adults we observed when we were kids because: (1) they only looked godlike to a child, and (2) each generation is differen
Blenheim and Towton were worse!
Obviously, the Battle of the Somme was bloody awful. Arguably, it was an appalling waste. But, in the grand scheme of things, how bad was it really?
It was certainly a horrific mega battle, running for 5 months, with British Empire casualties estimated at 419,654 killed and wounded (source).
It’s certainly a hell of a lot of dead and injured — something like twenty times the casualties of Waterloo. However, given 2,50
A long long day. Took Kurtzhau and friend there via bus, the lads being old enough to help haul swords and bags. We went off to our separate MilSF games, then I dashed downstairs to demo swords with DDS. Short break, coffee and water, then teaching Storyteller Tools to an amazing group of gamers, game designers and aspiring writers.
There are two books in the Scholar Knight series, but you’re best buying the double edition.
I write my books for adults, but some of them are also suitable for Young Adults… Shieldwall: Barbarians!
The Shieldwall series was inspired by playing Rome Total War: Barbarian Invasion. It’s an old-fashioned boy’s adventure, basically “young officer finds his feet” except that the young officer is actually a pagan barbarian prince and it ends in an apocalyptic battl
I write inside a small room off our living room. With the door open I have daylight. In an empty house, I have peace. I have two monitors, a windows PC running Scrivener. Lots of books (not shown in the picture)…Read more ›
4 ways to write if you can’t sit still
This came up recently on Reddit; due mostly to anxiety, a poster could not write without constant pacing. (PSA: Constant pacing is pretty much incompatible with typing a story!)
I don’t get anxiety but I am a professional author, so I offered some purely technical workarounds in descending order of probable usefulness…
Option 1: Don’t type
There is a very successful writer – Kevin J Anderson – who dictates his stories
“a professional with responsibilities”
So I just reviewed Elizabeth “Eat Love Pray” Gilbert’s Big Magic for Black Gate.
It’s a good entertaining book, and it has a wise message: Give yourself permission to enjoy your creativity for its own sake; don’t burden it with expectations, including the expectation that you will live off it – easy come, easy go.
And she’s right. Creativity is about play, which is hard to do when you are Being Serious.
But what if you hav
…a year away from his first convention, and already using Halloween to dabble in Steam Punk cosplay.
“But it’s Science Fiction,” insists Charlie. He’s just handed Kurtzhau (12) a signed copy of the Atrocity Archives.
“No,” I say with a laugh. “It’s Horror – or at least it is as far as the school is concerned.”
A few days ago, Kurtzhau came home from school seething. “The teacher says it’s important to read outside your ‘comfort zone’!” He made sarcasti