Content and Style: The Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn

Why am I stuck reading this book from the eighties?

This past weekend I went to Boskone and came back with a bunch of used paperbacks and two new books.  The book I went in looking for, Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn was not available anywhere, but luckily I’d already ordered it from interlibrary loan.  My librarian actually told me not to buy it for $1 at the convention because it was costing her three bucks to send back, so she wanted me to get her money’s worth.  I have sought out Melanie Rawn on and off for a few years, but particularly recently because I have had this urge to read “eighties fantasy” that doesn’t suck and I was having trouble.  I don’t know why I didn’t learn my lesson: I’ve read plenty of stuff from the eighties and much of it has one or all of three problems:

  1. Dependence on Tolkien’s races  (dwarves and elves)
  2. Renaissance Faire Syndrome
  3. It’s boring

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Boskone 2017: A con worth going to

The value of professional networking at scifi conventions cannot be understated, except by talented writers…

This past weekend I went to my second scifi convention in Boston, Boskone. I had a great time and met some people I only know online or from the other convention I’ve been to, Readercon.  Most importantly, this con was really useful as a professional, and I’m definitely looking forward to going back next year. Continue reading “Boskone 2017: A con worth going to”

Is this blogging?

In which I say I’m going to keep a regular schedule…

I am finally getting an idea of what blogging is supposed to be about, particularly because I noticed that I get the most reads on days when I publish a post. So I will start keeping a regular schedule and write at least one post a week on Friday. I used to be really puzzled and irritated by people who apologized for missing their scheduled blog posts, as if the whole internet is hanging on every word of this person I’ve never heard of. I would think “go ahead, don’t blog for a week, I won’t miss it.” But now that I notice why people should keep a regular schedule, I will try it.

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Weekly Wrap-up: How to get a literary agent using dark magic

This has been a pretty crazy week, with big news and small news

The big news is that I now have a literary agent for The Epic Novel, Mark Gottlieb of Trident Media in New York. I’m pretty psyched about this and I’ll tell you a short version of the story below. Other stuff happened this week, however…

I’m finally a white male on Facebook

First funny thing was on Tuesday when I was checking Twitter and saw another post saying “I can’t find any strong women in fantasy.” Statements like this, some more extreme and unbelievable like “I can’t find any books by women” really baffle me. As a student of human behavior and a frequent bookstore browser, I feel like I have to get to the bottom of this. Also, if I said I couldn’t find a particular kind of book, I expect the reaction would be “Why don’t you Google it, you non-Googling person who can’t use Google!” or “Come on, man, it’s 2017.”

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Reading for fun

In which I try to redeem my previous intellectual arrogance

A few weeks ago I questioned “reading for fun” in a post that started an excellent discussion with Michael McLendon and a few others on Facebook. I put forth that although Brandon Sanderson exhorted his students to always remember they are writing for entertainment, I don’t read for what I would strictly call entertainment, and I always aim to get something more serious out of reading a book. I don’t have the same expectations for movies and TV. Sounds reasonable enough and the discussion went fine without too much hair-splitting.

However, I became aware that I sounded a little like this:


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