I’ve been playing some video games recently. Mostly they’ve been online games (since I actually have a group I like to play with now, I’ve been playing an MMO, which I thought I’d never actually do), but I’ve been diving back into one of the games that has given me a lot of joy over the years: The Bioshock series. Continue reading
There are many things that Oscar Wilde is known for saying (or having his characters say – many of the “Oscar Wilde” quotes, I’ve noticed, tend to actually be quotes from things he’s written. Not that that makes them any less things that came from his mind – just an interesting note). One of the more famous ones is “To reveal art and conceal the artist is art’s aim”. Continue reading
I am a genre writer by trade, and by preference. I also spent quite a lot of my education career looking at literary fiction. Continue reading
Mass Effect: Andromeda.
As of writing this (the 16th of June – this is going into a buffer, so you fine folks probably won’t see it for a couple of weeks), I just finished playing Mass Effect Andromeda. Continue reading
“The difference between reality and fiction? Fiction has to make sense.” – Tom Clancy.
Or any of the other variants by Lord Byron (Truth is always strange; stranger than fiction) or Mark Twain (Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities, truth isn’t), or any of the other similar attributions. I ended up finding about five or six different attributions for similar quotes, including a couple of unconfirmed attributions.
Writing is weird. All hobbies are, I think, once you start doing them with the intent to improve your skills. After all, trying to improve means trying new things, and of coruse a keen awareness of your imperfections. Since writing is a creative, solitary and very personal pursuit, there are very few universal yardsticks for progress (perhaps the only one is “I gave this to other people, and the flaws they pointed out weren’t the same ones they pointed out last time”). So writers often end up with a litany of ‘Is this hobby for me?’ ‘Do I have a chance to get good enough at this to meet personal goals (or, if you’re that way inclined, to get published)?’ ‘Am I allowed to consider myself a “real writer”?’ Continue reading
For any writer who wants to publish their work, possibly the biggest obstacle is the market. The Market, that we refer to as its own entity that wants mysterious and ever-changing things. The source of all the ‘they’s in ‘they say’ and the ‘everybody’ who knows. Writers spend a lot of energy discussing the market, what it wants and why, and trying to figure out ways to divine its conflicting desires. Continue reading
Dear Potential Wrimo,
It’s now about a week into October and everyone is starting to gear up. You’re probably on a few forums where people are starting to talk about their plans. If you’re not on any forums, or don’t hang out where writers congregate, trust me, it’s everywhere. Continue reading
I’ve been preachy and ranty for a long time – it’s time for me to blog about something entirely frivolous! For the purposes of this blog post, I’m also going to be blatantly conflating my preferences with those of writers in general. Continue reading
Art is weird.
Entire University faculties are dedicated to the multitudinous ways that art is weird. Probably the weirdest thing about art is the sheer, impractical unreality of it. If I write a story, I am essentially lying to you (particularly since I’m a fantasy author). The things I write about, in most cases, never actually happened and would probably never be able to. Not only is that OK, in this instance, that’s actually the point. People who like to read will actively go through multiple people’s lies and choose their favourite liars, and wait anxiously for these people to produce more lies for them. Continue reading