Category: Commentary

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
Joss Whedon and the power of hybrid artists

Joss Whedon recently revealed, at Paleyfest NY, that he has made more money from Dr. Horrible than from the first Avengers. While that’s a mind boggling fact, it’s also a perfect glimpse into the power of hybrid artists. There are layers upon layers of reasons he made money with Dr. Horrible; connections between his work […]

October 19, 2015 | Posted in Commentary
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

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 they control a third piece that is integral to the process and historically […]

February 5, 2014 | Posted in Commentary
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
Honesty, war and Joss Whedon

For reasons that aren’t worth going into I read a quote from Ayn Rand last week. It was part of her HUAC testimony before Congress in 1947 regarding the film Song of Russia. Made during World War II,

May 2, 2008 | Posted in Commentary