Archive for the 'Writing' Category

The unspeakable horror of the literary life

Friday, July 22nd, 2005

Suddenly the idea of spending the rest of my life watching tv and scratching my ass looks rather attractive.

On not writing

Tuesday, July 19th, 2005

I suppose some of you are wondering why you haven’t seen any commentary on these pages concerning the various current tempests in lefty, Western-Civ-hater teapots. It’s simple: there are only so many ways one can write “God, they’re dumb,” and I’ve run out of them.

All work and no play make jack a dull boy

Monday, May 9th, 2005

Woo, here’s a story idea: “The Haunted Typewriter.” (If I didn’t already own a typewriter similar to this model I just might want to bid on this one. Then again, maybe not; I have enough of my own bad juju to deal with. Anyway, what the hell, I’ve added it to my Ebay watch list.)

Writing and belief

Wednesday, April 20th, 2005

The phrase in this article “I seem to have been born immune to belief” resonates with me, as they say… but I’m late to work. I’ll have to finish reading — and commenting on this — later.
Update: skimmed it at work. Too wordy. Why the heck do writers write so much? Then again, maybe I […]

More on Andre Norton

Friday, March 18th, 2005

There’s a more extensive story in the Miami Herald. (Via Kathy Kinsley.) I’d like to visit that library she started. Here’s a sad little commentary on our times:
Norton said detailed research matters in fiction because today’s education is so inadequate that many people must get their history from novels.
Novels like The DaVinci Code.

Another piece of my childhood just crumbled

Thursday, March 17th, 2005

My favorite science fiction author, Andre Norton, died today. I shouldn’t be sad — at 93 she lived a good long life. Still. She pretty much influenced my writing, my reading, and my outlook on the world. Lots of bloggers are Heinlein babies; I’m a Norton baby. Side note: according to some of her interviews […]

I changed my mind

Monday, March 14th, 2005

I had written an entry, a long one. Then I deleted it! I was trying to be cruel and mocking (well I was — I succeeded), but the target was puny, and he wouldn’t have understood why he was the target of my mockery. But his not understanding would not have been funny, the way […]

Death porn

Thursday, March 10th, 2005

Sex isn’t the only subject where people seem to have lost the ability to use discretion, discernment, and restraint. (Warning: you will not be wanting to have eaten recently before reading the linked post.) I can only speculate that the author felt it necessary to add such a gruesome passage to a description of a […]

Word of the Day

Thursday, January 13th, 2005