Ay me

So I just received a very nice email from the gentleman whose company is doing the ebook re-release of my all-time favorite fantasy book, Jim Grimsley’s Kirith Kirin (it has been out of print for about ten years, so this is good news indeed!), to say that he had been to my Gay Fiction Booklist That Doesn’t Suck and wants to quote my review of "Jimmy’s book."

Huzzah! This means I can stop telling people that the only way to get a copy is to steal one from the library.

…It also means that if this guy has been to my site, then "Jimmy" probably has too… and has seen the part where I said that if I ever meet him at a sci-fi convention, I’m going to shake him and demand to know what the hell he meant with the ending of The Last Green Tree, because I thought it was goddamned pointless.

This is what I try not to think about when I write reviews — what would the author say if they read it? (And it’s not a stretch to imagine that they might, since there are only so many gay booklists around.) Valuable public service it may be to maintain a list of all the extant gay fantasy, I do not think it’s going to stand me in good stead if/when I become an actualfax published writer. I’m afraid I’m going to meet someone and they’ll be like, "…YOU! You’re the jackass who said that stabbing yourself in the eye would be more fun than reading my book!!"

Yeah, I think I’m going to go hide now.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!

So I've had writer's block since January, and then on the morning of my birthday I woke up, sat down at my computer, and banged out an 8,000 word short story.

BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER! THANK YOU, MY BRAIN!

Original fantasy, featuring the protagonist from a different novel I'm working on, back when he was a scandalous young man instead of a scandalous older man. Much gratitude to  for a lovely beta job.

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Untitled: The Law

Bad Characters vs. Bad Writing

There’s a curious phenomenon I’ve noticed in recent years: characters do something awful, or hypocritical, or both — but instead of treating this behavior as an ugly glimpse into a side of the character we hadn’t seen before, it instead becomes clear that the writers don’t identify it as problematic at all.

Given a paradox like this, you have two options. You can take their actions at face value, and hate the character. Or you can say their actions are ridiculous and out of character, and blame the writer.

Garrow's Law, Torchwood, and Diana Gabaldon

The consensus on Amazon may disagree, but…

The World that Trade Created beats the pants off A Splendid Exchange

Just in terms of being written more engagingly and delving into more of the social history of trade (which is what I care about) rather than an endless procession of dates when which group did what (which puts me to sleep). Most of the non-fiction reading I do is for the purpose of world-building, because truth is often stranger than fiction when it comes to the crazy ingenuity of humans:

“Kidnapping became so pervasive a business pursuit that, in the 1200s, a standard ransom rate prevailed throughout the Mediterranean.”

You can’t make this shit up. o_O