Siegfried Sassoon, "The Dream"

The Dream IMoonlight and dew-drenched blossom, and the scentOf summer gardens; these can bring you allThose dreams that in the starlit silence fall:Sweet songs are full of odours.While I wentLast night in drizzling dusk along a lane,I passed a squalid farm; from byre and middenCame the rank smell that brought me once againA dream of […]

How Times Change!

How times change! On this day in 2003, I noted in my journal that I wrote 183 words on the novel I was writing at the time. That is, 183 words all day. Now, I very, very rarely allow myself to stop after less than 500 words, and my more usual goal is at least […]

Siegfried Sassoon, "Base Details"

Base Details If I were fierce, and bald, and short of breath,I’d live with scarlet Majors at the Base,And speed glum heroes up the line to death.You’d see me with my puffy petulant face,Guzzling and gulping in the best hotel,Reading the Roll of Honour. ‘Poor young chap,’I’d say–‘I used to know his father well;Yes, we’ve […]

Siegfried Sassoon, "Banishment"

Banishment I am banished from the patient men who fightThey smote my heart to pity, built my pride.Shoulder to aching shoulder, side by side,They trudged away from life’s broad wealds of light.Their wrongs were mine; and ever in my sightThey went arrayed in honour. But they died,—Not one by one: and mutinous I criedTo those […]

A WisCon 2006 memory – the fan letter

I leave for WisCon in a couple of days, and I wanted to revisit something I wrote while at WisCon 2006. To understand this, there are a few things I should tell my readers who aren’t familiar with science fiction. James Tiptree, Jr., whose real name was Alice Sheldon, was one of the best science […]