Month: February 2019

politics

Old Timey Racism

I like Jules Verne. I do. And I know it’s problematic to apply current day social codes to someone from a hundred and fifty years ago. Well, not really problematic, inasmuch as they were in the wrong about how they treated minorities. The problem comes in disregarding them completely because of attitudes that at the …

Writing

Vampire Fiction

There’s a lot of hostility toward this particular genre, I’ve noticed in the publishing world. When I research potential publishers for short story submissions or my impending novel, a depression epic of sorts, I see it, over and over again. No vampires. No werewolves. No zombies. It’s kind of funny. I mean, I get it. …

comics

Add-On Books

I always wonder how popular these are. Maybe they are to hardcore fans, but say, how many people buy the guide to wands in Harry Potter or the taxonomy of vampires and werewolves for Twilight? It probably depends on the type of fan as well, I suppose. Harry Potter fans, in my opinion anyway, knowing …

Writing

Kid’s Books

I appreciate a good kids’ book. I mean, none of my stuff is particularly kid-friendly, not with its heavy focus on sex and drugs and rock and roll, though violence seems to be largely secondary. I am a pacifist, so that’s not surprising, I suppose, that I’d tend to suppress violence as much as possible, …

Writing

Dimensional Travel And Choices

I know a lot of people hate time travel books. I get it. It’s circular and illogical and doesn’t make sense. It’s incredibly difficult to postulate what might happen as a result of certain changes, however minor. Still, alternative histories are popular and can often result in great stories about our favourite characters. It allows …