Assumptions

So, I wrote this story with a black, inner-city protagonist. I based her on a friend of mine and like that friend she is compassionate and witty and willing to do anything for the people under her care. In an early scene in the story, she describes a boy “as prim and proper as a […]

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We Need to Stop Calling Bad SF “Fantasy”

“This is well-written,” the rejection letter read, “but time travel isn’t science fiction. I suggest you send it to a fantasy magazine like Beneath Ceaseless Skies.” A newbie writer, I had never gotten such a direct referral to another magazine before. Surely it meant this editor knew more than I did about the genre. I […]

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I Love My Team and I Hate Their Name

I’m a big sports fan, and a big home-town fan. A backer. This isn’t surprising because sports fandom is, in a way, hometown fandom. It’s not that there aren’t people who support teams from places other than their own town (weirdos) but I would guess a majority of sports fans root for the team they […]

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The (Dis)Advantage of an Awful Childhood

Warning: this is an ANGRY POST. “You’re so lucky you had an awful, abuse-filled, poverty-stricken childhood!  It’s not fair! I don’t have all that RICH MATERIAL.” said Aspiring Author To Be Unnamed. I didn’t murder him.  What a saint I am. See, the thing is: I had the ability to write as well as I […]

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On AI and Boys

User almost_a_human wants to add you to their contact list. Accept? Ignore. User almost_a_human wants to add you to their contact list. Accept? *sigh* Well, it’s been popping up every day for a month now, I guess I’ll give this person a shot.  Maybe it’s someone I know.  Or at least an “Almost Human” fan. […]

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