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Lazy-ass Fantasy names

A follow-up to yesterday’s post about lazy vrs. rigorous fantasy names: You know what bugs me? Fantasy names for things with obvious predecessors. Like fantasy-Japan being called “Naponia” or something. Bleh! It’s so lazy. Especially when obscuring those predecessors is … Continue reading

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Fantasy Names, Lazy or Rigorous?

  http://danbensen.tumblr.com/post/157898384130/my-11-year-old-was-asking-me-why-i-say-that-i-put Thanks for the question, totally stranger whom I do not know! I actually had exactly that experience today! I tried to read a book with bad fantasy names, put it down, then, berating myself as cynical old curmudgeon, … Continue reading

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Which Alt-hist should I write?

Inklings Press is doing a sequel to their alternate history anthology, and I want to write a story for them. But which one? 1. A sequel to my story in their first anthology, in which Muslim China contacts the Aztecs … Continue reading

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The New Junction draft…

…is with Jennie. Godspeed, little monster. Now I’m off to play with my daughters.

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Two good books

I don’t want you guys to think I hate every book I read. I just finished (and enjoyed) End This Depression Now ( https://www.goodreads.com/…/13517594-end-this-depression-now ) and Talking Back Talking Black ( https://www.goodreads.com/…/33376054-talking-back-talking-b… ) End This Depression Now paints a more … Continue reading

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Junction Delta is done!

Junction draft delta is done! 2/24/2017 89,000 words Daisuke Matsumori faked a smile and held out a dead mouse. The little corpse dangled by its tail, its eyes closed, its toes clenched, observed by the cassowary. Finished while listening to: … Continue reading

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I’m not an Autobot, I’m an Atheist

I’ve just finished Fables for Robots by Stanislaw Lem. What a ride! Intergalactic electroknights, the creation of the universe, mad robotic philosophy struggling to come to grips with the gulf between the natural and the artificial. It basically read as … Continue reading

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Who walked around in circles in the park yesterday while writing the his book’s next scene on a kindle?

<it says “this guy”>

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The True Name of the Bear

I spent way too much time on a response to this tumblr post. Ancient Greek, Latin, Sanskrit, and a bunch of other Indo-European languages have cognate words for “bear” (arktos, ursus, ṛkṣa and so on). Germanic languages like English lack … Continue reading

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Just a bit of fun with magic knives

http://danbensen.tumblr.com/post/157452199175/brucesterling-i-would-buy-one-of-these-if-i When the Becalmer looms over you, shadows writhing on its talons as it reaches toward your pituitary gland. But the handcuffs that they used to chain you to the chair are iron. With an effort of will easier to … Continue reading

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