Monthly Archives: February 2012

Genre Trouble: Loose Baggy Monsters, or the Lasagna Theory

The overture: two epigraphs A good play, like a good lasagna, should be overstuffed: It has a pomposity, and an overreach: Its ambitions extend in the direction of not-missing-a-trick, it has a bursting omnipotence up its sleeve, or rather, under … Continue reading

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Six Sentence Sunday, 26 February 2012 (The Reincarnations of Miss Anne)

The harbor at Utopia is shaped like a crescent.  Twin arms of white-and-gold headland wrap tenderly around the bay like the horns of the moon, like a mother holding a beloved child.  Favilla Vogel looks out over the water, as … Continue reading

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Flash fiction: Had a bad day

Author’s note: In preparation for NaNoWriMo 2009, someone put up daily prompts on one of the forums. I did them in the spirit of warm-ups, but some of them turned into stories. Here is one such. Prompt (and title): Had … Continue reading

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Genre trouble: By any means necessary, or novels on the edge

The novel is the shape-shifter of the literary world, which is one of the reasons I love it so much. It can look like a diary, a bundle of letters, a collection of theatrical monologues, a cycle of tersely told … Continue reading

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Six Sentence Sunday, 19 February 2012 (The Necromancer and the Barbarian: a Love Story)

Albert approached Kirsten now, under the watchful eye of Petra.  Yes, she granted, he might have a dance. Kirsten matched him figure for figure.  Somewhere in the middle of the set, another player joined  with drums. The rhythm grew insistent, … Continue reading

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Flash fiction: There’s only so much I can do

Author’s note: In preparation for NaNoWriMo 2009, someone put up daily prompts on one of the forums. I did them in the spirit of warm-ups, but some of them turned into stories. Here is one such, from 10/3/2009. This scene … Continue reading

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Six Sentence Sunday, 12 February 2012 (The Necromancer and the Barbarian: a Love Story)

From the west came word of shape-shifters and forest witches, who changed shape and sex and even species, turning into rock or wind at will. In North America, the resurgent timberwolf population had to contend with competition from werewolves, and … Continue reading

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