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Who comes up with these titles?

This is anything but that.

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The Sorrows of Hope

Posted: December 28, 2015 in Uncategorized
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This is a bit of a follow-up to my post on repetition in Star Wars (so the spoiler warning applies again). This article in Salon touches on some related ideas, again emphasizing the thematic purpose of repetition in the saga. I was struck by the author’s grim reading of the nature of the Star Wars universe. I think there are excellent points here, ones worth grappling with, and so herewith just a few rough, preliminary thoughts.

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So I finally saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens, only a few days after most of the sentient life in the solar system (or so it seemed). I had a great time, sometimes feeling not unlike I had at the age of 10 in 1977. At other times, I was rather uncomfortably conscious of the echoes of ’77, and so here are some musings as I try to sort out my thoughts on the subject.

Spoilers follow. If you haven’t seen the film, I really wouldn’t read any further. (more…)

Cryptid Clash!

Posted: December 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

So here’s a project I’ve been really looking forward to talking about. Last summer, Joshua Reynolds came up with the brilliant idea of a series of novellas featuring monster mashes between cryptids (you know — Sasquatch, Nessie and the like). Within days of this brainstorm, he had 18thWall Productions on board as a publisher, and a roster of authors lined up. I consider myself very fortunate to be included in that roster. Well, the pitches are all in, and we’ll be working away at the stories over the coming year. There will be a more formal announcement soon, and I’ll be teasing and tweeting about this a fair bit. But for now, from my end, I’m can promise you monsters, mad science, and a travelling carnival. And that’s just the start.

This is going to be so much fun.

Edit: Here’s Joshua’s blog post about the series, complete with the full roster of authors!

Some Notes on Spectre

Posted: November 29, 2015 in Uncategorized
A few spoilery thoughts on SPECTRE.

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I’ve just been reading London After Midnight by Marie Coolidge-Rask. This is the 1928 novelization of the Tod Browning film starring Lon Chaney. It is one of the most famous of lost films, one that has tantalized generations of horror movie fans with the gorgeous stills of Chaney in monstrous make-up, even as it frustrates with the knowledge of the twist — the vampires in the film are not the real deal, and are part of the plan by Inspector Burke of Scotland Yard (Chaney again) to unmask a murderer.

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(Yeah, I know, no spoiler alert. But as this twist is beyond infamous, and has been discussed for 87 years, I think we’re past the statue of limitations.) (more…)

Keycon is almost upon us, and I’ll be there Saturday, May 16. I’ll be participating in panels, signing books, and going a Blue Pencil editing session. The latter is my first event in the morning, so if you’re interested, sign up early!

Here’s what I’ll be doing:

11:00 am — Blue Pencil Sessions

12:00 noon — Reading (with Gerald Brandt)

2:00 pm — Taming the Swampy Middle of Doom

3:00 pm — Autograph Session 2

4:00 pm — Establishing Setting

5:00 pm — Writing in a Shared Universe

Hope to see you there!

So this news greeted me this morning: future seasons of The Simpsons will not be released on DVD (and the article presumes this applies also to Blu-ray). And so it begins: the decline of physical media now approaches an actual death. It won’t be immediate, and I hope the collector’s market will stave off the final demise for some time to come. But I fear the worst now. (more…)

I’ve seen a number of people being very worried that the (expected by everyone, including my cat) dismal box office showing of Jupiter Ascending (domestically – it is doing better internationally) is going to result in Hollywood shying away from making original SF/F movies. Now, I know very well that if the film industry can take a wrong turn, it will, but at the same time, I submit that it is too early to panic. Especially with Interstellar (over $670 million worldwide) having barely left the theatres. (more…)

So I just sat down and sorted through what I wrote and what was published in 2014. A few things remain under the veil of secrecy, but this still works as a broad picture. (more…)