Book Review: The Fabric of Civilization

The Fabric of Civilization: How textiles made the world, by Virginia Postrel. 4.5 out of 5 stars; I was a bit disappointed by the chapter on dyes, because I know most of it already and in greater detail. Then I started counting up how many books I’d read specifically on dyes, Continue reading

Fanfic Writing: Some Common Specimens, Part 1

If you’re just getting into fanfic, especially if you’ve just stumbled into a big site like Fanfiction.net or Archive of Our Own, you may be overwhelmed by the sheer variety out there. It’s like walking into Disney’s Fantasia. Sure, you recognize general categories from regular fiction, like romance and action and SF, but what are all these other tags? Continue reading