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No thanks, I Decline.

I noticed something interesting about the Japanese and spaces. Normally, written Japanese has no spaces. Consider the first sentence in the page above: ティラノサウルスは      最も      大きな      肉食      恐竜です.  Preserving the spaces between … Continue reading

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Kingdom of Clouds

Since no new ideas have occurred to me for a while, I’m going to kickstart the engine by taking a look at New Scientist and seeing how Science is meddling in God’s domain this week. And then think up a … Continue reading

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The Anatomy of a Dragon

As predators of feral von Neumann robots, the feeding apparatus of the Petrolean Dragon must be robust and flexible. When in flight, protective plates interlock to create an aerodynamic profile and protect the delicate sensors. When hunting, these sensors are … Continue reading

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90 Dragons! with Dan Koboldt and Tex Thompson

  I’m talking again with Tex Thompson and Dan Koboldt about dragons. Also some racism and power dynamics in fantasy. But mostly it’s dragons. Dan Koboldt’s in-the-works short story which he describes as Jurassic Park meets the Build-a-Bear Workshop Dessert Cake Dragons … Continue reading

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Bulgarian Bibliography

A while ago I met with an ethnologist at Sofia University, who gave me a nifty reading list. I can’t promise I’ll actually be able to read (or even find) all of the resources, but if you’re as interested in 16th-century … Continue reading

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Timber!

What if there were no fossil fuels? Maybe lignin-digesting bacteria evolved earlier, some antediluvian civilization burned up our oil reserves, or those damn Alien Space Bats vaporized them. Anyway, Earth doesn’t have enough coal, gas, or oil to support an industrial … Continue reading

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Creolization

Even if bilingualism doesn’t necessarily make you a super-genius, it’s still a good way to, you know, speak two languages. And combine them! My daughter (who speaks English and Bulgarian) generally sticks with one language or the other depending on … Continue reading

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Dinosaur Brains

Dinosaur Brains? Dinosaur Brains. So. Childbirth. Ain’t easy, amiright? The brain of a human infant is so large that even with some clever adaptation like squishy skulls, wide hips, and mid-birth gymnastics, the process still has a good chance of … Continue reading

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What should I write?

You know what? It’s time for me to write a short story. Perhaps you can help me choose which one. The following are five of my favorite Wonderful, Awful Ideas. At some point I’m sure I’ll get to all of … Continue reading

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89 Authorial self-Indulgence with Tex Thompson and Daniel Koboldt

I’m talking with fellow novelists Tex Thompson and Dan Koboldt about going off the rails in writing and getting too involved with world-building. ~AND UPDATE! Enter to win a free copy of Tex’s book~ “I’ve got this racial slur in my … Continue reading

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