As promised, more pictures from the Mummers’ Parade on New Year’s Day. That is one sexy French maid. Grandma Gaga is doing her best to compete, though. And then–ELVIS!!! The Buccaneer Bakers! Pirates and baking, my kind of group. Their pirate flag. I’ll post a few more pictures tomorrow.
The Rear-Guard (HINDENBURG LINE, APRIL 1917) Groping along the tunnel, step by step, He winked his prying torch with patching glare From side to side, and sniffed the unwholesome air. Tins, boxes, bottles, shapes too vague to know; A mirror smashed, the mattress from a bed; And he, exploring fifty feet below The rosy gloom […]
If you’re attending Arisia this weekend in Boston (January 13-16), below is my schedule. Schools for Magicians Douglas, Friday 5:30 PM Cecilia Tan (mod.), Mary Catelli, Frances K. Selkirk, Victoria Janssen, Ken Schneyer A Hogwarts degree isn’t the only path from mundanity to magehood. Let’s consider how writers have portrayed schools, including Roke, Unseen University, […]
Glory of Women You love us when we’re heroes, home on leave, Or wounded in a mentionable place. You worship decorations; you believe That chivalry redeems the war’s disgrace. You make us shells. You listen with delight, By tales of dirt and danger fondly thrilled. You crown our distant ardours while we fight, And mourn […]
Check out this lovely review of The Duke & The Pirate Queen at The Discriminating Fangirl! On New Year’s Day, a friend and I went to the annual New Year’s Day Philadelphia Mummers’ Parade. I took a ton of pictures, so even a selection is going to take me a couple of posts. Supermen! Note […]
A few days ago, I returned from a two-week vacation that involved a lot of traveling, both in airplanes and in cars. I brought along my Kindle (which I bought in late November), one trade paperback novel (Cold Magic by Kate Elliott), and the most recent issue of the SFWA Bulletin (the size of a […]
I am not nearly the connoisseur of Betty Neels’ 134 novels as the gracious hostesses of specialist blog The Uncrushable Jersey Dress. But, having read about a half-dozen of her novels, I now venture to have some general thoughts on the contemporary world Neels portrayed. So far, every Neels novel I’ve read features a young […]
This post was originally written for The Smutketeers; I’ve expanded it here. Why did I want to write about pirates? Well, because they’re sexy. It’s the outfits, you know. All that silk and tattered finery! The amazing tattoos. The cutlasses. The way they grab hostages and lock them in cabins for their own pleasure. And […]
I really love David Attenborough. He’s so interested in everything, and he communicates his interest through a television screen. Which is a writing lesson–putting yourself and your interests into what you’re saying or writing gives those words more energy. I recently watched the documentary he did on Antarctica, Life in the Freezer. It wasn’t specifically […]
One of my favorite quotes ever: “There are no good guys. There are no bad guys. There are only better guys, and worse guys.” —Chris Boucher I post it at the start of this year because one of my goals is to learn to write better villains!