Stormbeak: Book One of Wings From the South

Here’s a trick all aspiring writers should know: the closer you are to a project, the more likely you are to miss mistakes.  When you’re working on a project, emotions are running high and you’re in-tune with every word being written (this is why so many criticisms often feel like personal attacks; those are your […]

Fan Art: Sheraptus by Nina Lenth

‘Sup, yo. Comicon was a total blast.  Also, SFWA is apparently imploding over stuff with old dudes being old.  We can talk about that later.  I’m sleepy right now. So here, have some awesome fan art of everybody’s favorite lunatic deviant, Sheraptus.     Pretty awesome, huh? This was done by Nina Lenth.  Isn’t she […]

Phoenix Comicon 2013

As of the time of this writing, it is now May 10th, 6:00 in the evening. In another six hours, it will be May 11th, 12:00 in the morning. As my birthday is May 11th, by 6:00 in the evening of that day, I plan to be on my way to getting extremely drunk and […]

Here There Be Monsters

So, I’m reading Douglas Hulick’s Among Thieves right now and it’s quite good. It has almost everything I want: witty dialogue, in-combat banter, pirouettes and pivots, thieves’ cant, underworld politics, magic systems, histories, rich cultures and nary a feasting scene, training montage or poetry recital to be seen. The reason I say it has almost everything I want is […]


I received my very first piece of hate mail today. It had to happen eventually.  As an outrageous online persona possessed of views that sometimes skew the readership and skewer the meek, I often find myself at odds with certain subsections of the internet.  The clock marking the countdown to the moment I stepped on […]

Women of Significant Gravity

I didn’t want to like Tomb Raider. I mean, I really didn’t want to like it.  The earliest footage of its gameplay looked like something out of a snuff film with a heroine who was constantly moaning and whimpering at being constantly beat up between violent deaths.  I mean, the stuff that made it in was horrifying enough (warning: […]

Ode to Joy

It occurs to me, in all my haste to slap a label on “grimdark,” that I forgot to tell you how the Tucson Festival of Books went. In a word: good. The crowds were very sizable, very receptive, very enthusiastic and very involved.  It doesn’t hurt that a lot of them decided to pick up my books, […]

Gritty People, Gritty Problems

It’s weird being a child of the internet. I get annoyed when people bring up memes that I’ve already known about and gotten tired of six weeks before.  I’m waiting for the Harlem Shake to catch on in earnest and become even more unbearable.  It enrages me to no end that I’m in a position […]

The Intimate Epic

Just a quick reminder: this Saturday and Sunday, I’ll be at the Tucson Festival of Books.  Check my schedule here!  Hope to see you there! I’m going to warn you in advance: I’m going to be talking about sex in fantasy again. And the reason I’m going to warn you is because this is apparently […]

Webcomics Round-Up

Remember!  I’ll be at the Tucson Festival of Books next weekend!  Check my schedule here and be sure to drop by! Now, then.  Check out what came in the mail today…   Aw yeah. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, but Unsounded by Ashley Cope remains one of my favorite webcomics out there.  I […]