Writing

The Art of Suspense, or: Letting the Chips Fall Where They May

Something happened today that was so weird, so hilarious and meta, that I have to write it down now or else. It’s a quarter past 11 at night. I’ve just gotten home from my creative writing class. So I’ll keep this short.…

Thoughts on how a story states its theme

Today I read After the Golden Age by Carrie Vaughn. Although it was fun and an incredibly quick read, I’m not sure if I’ll review it here. However, there was a passage in it that struck me and is making me…

Thoughts about “Life of Pi” and book-to-film adaptations

I just saw Life of Pi in the theatres last night with my fiancé and loved it. I loved the visuals – the colours were bright and lush without being cloying. The score (which I’m listening to as I write this) was…

A Quick Update

It appears that without the promise to write book reviews, I’ve dropped off the face of the earth. Never fear though – I’m still here, and still planning things. What I’m most excited about right now is the start of…

I failed NaNoWriMo 2012

A month ago, I proudly announced that I was going to attempt NaNoWriMo for a second time. Then I wrote something, dumped my story idea a few days in because it wasn’t working, and tried starting another story from scratch.…

Thoughts After the 2012 World Fantasy Convention

The 2012 World Fantasy Convention is over, and I feel deflated. I met so many people, and bought (And got for free!) so many books when I was there that I now feel like Cinderella after the ball – kind…

World Fantasy Convention, and an Announcement

The 2012 World Fantasy Convention starts today! I have been waiting for this day for months. I don’t know if I can describe to you the relief and trepidation I feel this morning now that there’s the prospect of meeting…

NaNoWriMo: Taking the Plunge – Again!

Well, it’s officially late October, and you know what that means: a frantic ramp-up to NaNoWriMo. Well, perhaps not frantic, but it’s definitely a more informed mess of activity than it was in 2011. Last year was my first time writing for…

One thing I can’t stand to see in writing

One of the pitfalls of being an editor is that I tend to notice patterns in whatever I read. Eventually, if I notice a trait or pattern often enough, it will stick out like a sore thumb, and I focus…

On Writing vs. Bird by Bird: Franzenfreude? Gender bias?

You may recall that late in 2010, Jonathan Franzen released his latest novel, Freedom, to widespread critical acclaim. Such acclaim, in fact, that two female authors, Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Weiner, criticized the book review establishment for their adulation –…