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

My schedule at Miscon!

It’s still tentative, but it looks like I’ll be at a whole bunch of Panels at Miscon (Missoula, Montana May 26th to 29th) Here’s the schedule (Tentative) Fri 5:00 – 5:50 PM, How to Appear Human, RocketTent (1) Panelists: Daniel … Continue reading

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My Friend Sent me a new Razor

  This was his response This was my response: The tonnage of tauntage you put in my frontage increases my glummage and causes much umbrage! The woundage I suffered impelled me to rummage ‘mongst my emotional baggage, whose depths have … Continue reading

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Ways to fly

That was some good brainstorming @archipithecus and @exxos-von-steamboldt, but I think we have a ways to go with these flying stem-mammals.

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Draw the Rabbit Skull, Daddy

“Draw the rabbit skull, daddy,” she said. “We’ll be conservationists together,” she said. So I drew the rabbit skull. And so did she. “I can’t draw rabbit skulls, daddy. This is a dolly pretending to be a princess. She has blue … Continue reading

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Humans are not adorable

Something I feel would fit comfortably into the New Frontiers universe: http://viergacht.tumblr.com/post/159075455392/humans-are-adorable Text: Pft! Please. The alien who wrote that is obviously an fan-grub who has only seen pictures of humans on the ansible. Those of us who actually work … Continue reading

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The Fire Nation Verb

The Fire Nation Verb-Tense-Aspect system: “wood” (irrealis) “burning” (incomplete) “ash” (complete) Ka-o ægni = The fire would burn/will burn/burns in principle Ka-i ægni = The fire is burning/burns often Ka-a ægni = The fire burned out/has burned out (combine them … Continue reading

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Mole Riding!

It would work, I tell you! from dumblr! https://danbensen.tumblr.com/post/158957171950/how-would-one-go-around-riding-that-burrows-like

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Awful Symmetry: The Believable Monster

Want to read the first chapter of the first draft of my how-to-make-good-monsters guide? Sign up for my mailing list. Here’s the introduction: Introduction: The Believable Monster The Imagine a tiger. Striped fur over bunching muscles. Its sharp, wet smell. … Continue reading

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The Very Worst Thing

I’m working through Story Genius by Lisa Cron and I thought I’d share some of the process. Here’s the sixth exercise in the book. “Given her misbelief, what does she think the very worst thing that could happen would be?” Ruth … Continue reading

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The Sommalier Theory of Genre Fiction

I’ve been wrestling recently with why I like some books and don’t like others, which has led me to drinking thinking more deeply about what genre fiction delivers to its readers. Emotional investment. That sense of what will happen to them next?? Also … Continue reading

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