Not Your Gramma’s Grammar “Grammar Nazi!” The default view of our own language (I’m speaking from the US as a monolingual—feel free to chime in with experience of other native or second languages) is of a rigid thing. A structure. Strict boundaries. Even a trap, sometimes. Penalties may apply. There’s some justice to that view.... Continue Reading →
In the best of Trump voters, there's deep and intense dissatisfaction. A feeling that anything must be better than the politics of our memory, whether that memory is the few years of the 18 year old first time voter or the several decades of the elder Trump voter. In many, I think, there's an... Continue Reading →
Follow the Leaders: one piece in a series by artist Isaac Cordal. You may have seen the piece of art above already. It has been bouncing around the internet for some years now, often billed as "politicians debating sea level rise" or "...climate change." Well, it kind of isn't, and it kind of is, and... Continue Reading →
A month ago, I posted a word cloud for a work in progress, Broken Rice. It was around 8,000 words long then. Since then, I reached a "I don't know what to do with this next" point, then let the story sit for a while and worked on other things, then picked it back up... Continue Reading →
(This post appeared on my Patreon page 3 days before it appeared here -- support me there, even for a buck a month, and you see all my posts first PLUS get a FREE copy of any ebook short story I publish THIRTY days before it goes live, even if I charge for it elsewhere!)... Continue Reading →
But everyone can see the cover, at least! This story is Patreon-exclusive for 90 days as thanks for helping me reach my $60/month funding milestone! As I wrote for the folks on Patreon: This is one of my less common pieces -- mainstream fiction (magical realism at most) rather than science fiction or fantasy. I wrote... Continue Reading →
Change The Past I wish great-great-great-grandfather were less racist. I'll sneak in, edit his source code.
Is this my future? A big stinky onion future? ----- There has been a lot of talk about the pervasive pessimism in science fiction recently. Notably in the last couple of years, but there have been grumblings on the subject all the way back to the dawn of Cyberpunk with its dreary skies the color... Continue Reading →