Category Archives: Blog

These entries are ramblings about my life that have no connection with particular Kingdoms of Evil updates.

Five Star Reviews: The Book of Joy

I made a promise to myself a while back to write a review for every book I enjoyed unreservedly all the way to the end. But what does “the end” mean? What happens when I use the book to put … Continue reading

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How would English language develop in an apocalypse?

(in answer to this question on Stack Exchange) Oh my goodness what a lovely road you have in front of you! First of all, there’s no right way to construct your future language, just ways that are more or less … Continue reading

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Kiteworld

From the Nahua pyramid-towers to the great sandstone ramps of the Mediterranean, from the Da Peng pagoda to the minaret-trees of the Yanomami Caliphate, this is Kiteworld. Uncountable thanks to Bruce Munro, consummate map-maker and collaborator, who took my althistorical/geographic … Continue reading

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Maintaining that Sense of Discovery

I’ve been collecting author processes for a while. It’s one of things I always ask other novelists when I get the chance. Do you just start writing and produce incomprehensible garbage that you then go back over and revise a … Continue reading

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Asking Why

Here’s how I got rid of my writer’s block today. I was having trouble with The Centuries Unlimited because I realized there was a plot hole in my outline. I came up with a fix, but that introduced new plot … Continue reading

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I’m on Gnooks!

The author-recommendation algorithm has finally smiled upon me! And look at all those excellent authors who I also like who are listed as close to me! Perhaps because I’m the one who put my name into the system and trained … Continue reading

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Wordy Wednesday with me!

Want to learn how well I give an interview while the last of the anesthesia sweats out of my system? Wonder no more! Tattooed Mummy asked me some hard-hitting questions and did I ever answer them. Want to know what … Continue reading

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Poly-synthetic English

Wouldn’t it be whackey if we wrote English like this? Thisz w’tsh me’ we se’ th’ w’tshw spe’. ‘N naa wz taam tbiu’ frum thbaarr’m vpi, tuu thaa’. Dou hoba’. Aam pak’n mbaz ‘n giv’n thjkarr’mii retshe’. Aarrouwaa’n lerraautsh. Aarrouwaa’n … Continue reading

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Five Star Reviews: How Not to Be Wrong

I’ve been working on this one for a long time. How Not to Be Wrong was a hard book for me — a mental boot-camp in which I spent about six months groaning with the weight of one concept, only … Continue reading

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Five Star Reviews: What the Hell Did I Just Read

Imagine a father who’s daughter is missing. He’s separated from his wife. He’s an ex-soldier who believes that “war is real life.” He’s violent and bitter and homophobic, but he’s also terrified, exhausted, and most of all annoyed that the … Continue reading

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