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A Mary Sue Ain’t Nothing But A Sandwich

It’s not uncommon for the same subject to come up on several of the writer’s groups that I follow at the same time, which I attribute to a kind of Fortian/Jungian mass unconscious, although it’s more likely because there’s a … Continue reading

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On the midnight watch I realized why twice you ran away

This past weekend I went to Springfield, Missouri.  It’s on the opposite corner of the state from my home in St. Louis, but Missouri is one of those medium size states in the middle of the country.  It takes me … Continue reading

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Rogue One: Islands In The Stars

This past weekend I saw Rogue One with my roommate. On leaving the theater, I realized that I had been waiting forty years for this film. A while back I wrote a review of The Force Awakens which I called … Continue reading

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The Unreliable Mentor

One of the story elements that will make me give up on a story is what I call “The Unreliable Mentor”.  Sadly, it’s a fairly common one.  It’s my habit not to bash particular works in my blog, so I … Continue reading

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Muggles And Mutants

This past weekend I saw Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, and I really enjoyed it. It had the feel of North By Northwest or The Man Who Knew Too Much–an innocent abroad who stumbles upon a terrorist conspiracy … Continue reading

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Positive and Diverse Role Models in Juvenile Fiction

A while back I tried to listen to the audiobook of Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash. I gave up on it for two reasons. First, I didn’t find any of the characters engaging, and second, the world in which it is set … Continue reading

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The Walking Plants

Currently listening to John Wyndham’s excellent novel The Day Of The Triffids, narrated by Graeme Malcolm, who does a fine job, a very matter-of-fact, practical delivery that really suits the material. It’s a post-apocalyptic survival story.  A freak meteor shower … Continue reading

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