Category: Commentary

5 Ways to Support Your Favorite Author

5 Ways to Support Your Favorite Author

I’ve gone back and forth on this post for a while. Because it can seem self-serving. “5 Ways to Support Your Favorite Author” can very easily become “5 Ways to Support Me” which is not my intention at all. I’m not just a writer, I’m a reader. And a lot of the authors I enjoy […]

May 21, 2018 | Posted in Commentary
the genre divide

the genre divide

Most people read sci-fi and fantasy because they enjoy imaginary worlds, extraordinary experiences, ideas beyond our current reality. Some people are biased. They like one genre and refused to acknowledge the merits or engage with the other. I have a friend who runs a sci-fi only book club and absolutely no elements of fantasy are […]

November 10, 2014 | Posted in Commentary
Power Plays

Power Plays

In any artistic medium there are two positions of power. The content creators and those who control the distribution channels. The studios in Hollywood are such a force to be reckoned with because they often manage to be both, sort of. Because there is a third piece that is integral to the process and historically […]

February 5, 2014 | Posted in Commentary
fan fiction-ing

fan fiction-ing

So, two stories now, that originated as Twilight fan fiction, have become actual books. With names changed and seven figure deals. The whole idea of it raises, I think, problematic and interesting questions. Obviously, at some level, all works of fiction play on central, common themes. Authors retell fairy tales and ancient mythology and rework […]

August 2, 2012 | Posted in Commentary

everybody changes with a chance

I don’t think I’ve mentioned that I might accidentally watch One Tree Hill.  It’s not because it’s great tv but because it always has good music.  It’s rare enough that a song comes around I really love, and yet One Tree Hill manages to find one about once a month. So, let’s have a little […]

April 25, 2009 | Posted in Commentary