Posting light today due to legal shenanigans yesterday. But I did bake cinnamon rolls, from Gluten-Free 101, Continue reading
Month: February 2021
Worldbuilding: Giving Monsters a Modern Twist, Part 2
If I were going to create a monster, I’d dig for train tracks.
That probably gave you an urban image. Or an Old West one. Nope. The tracks I’m thinking of were in the Northeast, long-abandoned, Continue reading
Worldbuilding: Giving Monsters a Modern Twist, Part 1
If you get a chance to check out Matthew Meyer’s three books on youkai (The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons, The Hour of Meeting Evil Spirits, and most recently The Book of the Hakutaku), do it. Not just for the wide variety of monsters. Although any book that has a youkai that specifically sets people’s raincoats on fire Continue reading
Worldbuilding: Dread Powers
This is probably more of a fantasy worldbuilding thing than an SF one. Which is a shame. The more intelligent a creature is, the more likely it is to spot patterns. I extrapolate from that to suspect any creature of human-level intelligence Continue reading
A Few Heart-Shaped Musings
So. Valentine’s Day. AKA the day I used to sit back in bemusement and watch the scrambling, waiting for tomorrow and half-off chocolate.
These days I’m still bemused, Continue reading
Book Review: The Front-Yard Forager
The Front-Yard Forager: Identifying, collecting, and cooking the 30 most common urban weeds, by Melany Vorass Herrera. 4.5 out of 5 stars, excellent descriptions, clear photos, and a lot of good background information on each edible. But I haven’t personally tried eating most of the plants in here, Continue reading
Worldbuilding: Bits and Bobs
The news recently mentioned an auction where you could pick up “moderately priced bits of interplanetary rubble”. As in, meteorites; from the Moon, Mars, or elsewhere. Continue reading
Worldbuilding: Reason for War
War is what happens when one side tries to grab something the other side doesn’t think it should have. Continue reading
Crossing Genres; Or, You Got Spaceships In My Fantasy!
Growing up with old books is like growing up with old music. You end up with preferences that may not sort to modern classifications of taste. The overarching category of fantastic fiction predates the modern bookshelf split between fantasy, SF, and horror by several decades, Continue reading
Like Pitons Into a Cliff
I recently ran across a time travel fixit fic whose end lines struck to the heart.
“She’d snatched the sword out of his hands and stamped it to the ground before he could do anything with it, Continue reading