Tag Archives: Writing

Guest Post: Writing the Monster by Scott Oden

21 Jun

When Thomas Hobbes called the life of a man “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short”, he could easily have been referring to the life of an Orc. Since their humble beginnings as song-croaking goblins in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, these dim-witted, often Cockney-speaking brutes have grown well beyond the Professor’s intent; they have seized a place of their own in the annals of Fantasy. While some fans will never see them as anything other than sword fodder and servants of this Dark Lord or that, others have embraced them as noble savages, maligned and misunderstood – and worthy of their own books.

Long have I pondered the question of how mere spear-carriers in the epic drama of Tolkien’s legendarium captured the imaginations of so many readers.  Continue reading

326. Joyce Chng (a.k.a. — Starfang: Rise of the Clan (An Interview)

12 Jun

Werewolves in space, Chinese-diaspora, and merchants, oh my! Joyce Chng joins Jen and Paul to discuss her Space Opera novella, Starfang: Rise of the Clan. We talk about the everything from how Joyce was influenced by Singapore’s maritime traditions, to children on the bridge, to werewolves, of course! And don’t believe Joyce when she tells you she can’t write romance because Starfang proves her wrong!

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Signal Boost #7: Ashlee Blackwell (Graveyard Shift Sisters) and Carrie Patel (Pillars of Eternity/Recolleta Series)

6 Jun

In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Ashlee Blackwell, founder and editor of Graveyard Shift Sisters, joins Shaun to talk about the goal of her website, #FridayNightHorror, and some recommendations for essential Black horror films. Then Paul is joined by Carrie Patel, author and game designer, to discuss the narrative design of DLC & sequels for computer games and expanding the world of Recoletta in the final book of her trilogy, The Song of the Dead.

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Signal Boost #6: Sophia Chester (Cosmic Callisto Caprica/Rocket Romance) and Heather Rose Jones (Alpennia Series/Lesbian Historic Motif Project)

23 May

In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Sophia Chester, author of Cosmic Callisto Caprica & The Missing Rings of Saturn and the Rocket Romance novellas, joins us to talk about how her books tackle the civil rights era IN SPACE!!! Then Heather Rose Jones, author of the Alpennia Regency Fantasy Adventure Romance series and the Lesbian Historic Motif Project, joins Jen to talk about the characters of Alpennia, her newest venture into YA, and how she’s created a vital resource for writers and readers to learn about lesbians throughout history.

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324. Inclusivity in Fairy Tales — A Discussion w/ Sara Cleto, Brittany Warman, and Shveta Thakrar

8 May

Beastly brides, universal motifs, and complicating narratives, oh my! Sara Cleto, Brittany Warman, and Shveta Thakrar join Julia and Mike (who dusts off his M.A. in Folklore Studies) to discuss inclusivity in fairy tales, specifically the conversations in Fairy Tale and Folklore studies about how to decolonize the conversation and become more inclusive.

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