Adult Fiction · Sci-Fi

At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft (Classics Club)

The Classic: At the Mountains of Madness (1936) by H.P. Lovecraft When a geologist leads an expedition to the Antarctic plateau, his aim is to find rock and plant specimens from deep within the continent. The barren landscape offers no evidence of any life form – until they stumble upon the ruins of a lost…… Continue reading At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft (Classics Club)

Adult Fiction · Fantasy · Queer · Romance

Review: Brute by Kim Fielding

I found Brute, a disability-themed gay fantasy romance by Kim Fielding, when the excellent Lola of Hit or Miss Books reviewed it in January of 2015. And then it took me two years to read it because public libraries don’t carry many books like that, and I just never got around to buying the ebook. I’m glad…… Continue reading Review: Brute by Kim Fielding

Queer · Writing

#queerpop: What Marriage Equality Means for Pop Culture

The celebrations were long, enthusiastic, and well-deserved after Friday’s Supreme Court ruling making marriage equality mandatory. This was the defining legal battle for queer rights in the US, and it’s done! Of course, even though it was the battle, it’s not the only battle. This doesn’t affect hate crimes legislation or employment discrimination, for instance……… Continue reading #queerpop: What Marriage Equality Means for Pop Culture

Sci-Fi · Writing

Diverse Worldbuilding with Minor Characters

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m writing again after several months of research paper stuff, and I keep getting distracted by minor characters. However, this is really a feature, not a bug! Don’t you want your readers to be interested in all your characters? Compelling incidental characters make the story’s world seem more realistic. They indicate…… Continue reading Diverse Worldbuilding with Minor Characters

History · Writing

A Writer’s Guide to Conquest and Assimilation, Part 2

In part 1, I talked about the basic options open to a group of conquerors looking to control a population: Force, charm, and the non-conquest conquest. In part 2, I’m elaborating on some specific areas to think about within those overall strategies: Intermarriage, religion, infrastructure, and education.INTERMARRIAGEIntermarriage is Assimilation 101. You really don’t have to do anything,…… Continue reading A Writer’s Guide to Conquest and Assimilation, Part 2

History · Writing

A Writer’s Guide to Conquest and Assimilation, Part 1

When you conquer a country or a planet, how do you control it? You’ll want to literally control the people to prevent violent outbreaks and get them to work for you, but if you’re thinking in the longterm, you probably also want to bring them on board with your presence, your authority, and your philosophy.…… Continue reading A Writer’s Guide to Conquest and Assimilation, Part 1