Coming Out

Four days ago (less a few hours), I posted an advice article titled simply, Writing Female Characters, Take Two. That seems to have gone over well; however, as of today I had to go back and update it with an extra disclaimer at the start. And believe me, the irony of having waited until some […]

Where Have You Been, Word-Nerd?!?!

Alright, yes, a fair question! Aaagh–would you–STOP HITTING ME WITH YOUR CAPS-LOCK KEYS! (Hypocrisy, thou blowest from the north, and upon a lukewarm wind because Michigan forgot how to winter in 2020)–so, let’s ditch the over-tangential style of 2013-2017 North and answer the title question: where have I been? Ach, mensch, I must tell you a lengthy […]

The Necromancer and the Revenant: Updates and Next Steps

(Full disclosure as of 4/10/2019–while I did write this for important updates, I obviously got a bit worked up in the process; I’ve tweaked or removed 3-4 sentences which aren’t reflective of my thoughts when level-headed. If you’re coming back to this and remembering it as moderately less reasonable, that is why.) “I’m sorry, but […]

Why I Write Fantasy The Way I Do

Twitter recently brought a certain Ana Marie Cox’s article to my attention–that would be this one here. It was difficult for me to parse this, because many of the same factors that drove Ana back to conventional fantasy drove me away from it. How the hell does that work? Honestly, I’m pretty sure it’s a […]