And Now For Something Completely Different

Here’s something sort of unusual. I don’t normally publish any of my fiction on this blog, since I am still hoping in vain that some editor will finally recognize its value and publish it. But this particular bit of (extremely short) fiction was written for a specific purpose – the …

Second-Hand Elf

The Escapist has just published by newest article, a strange little thing called Second-Hand Elf. I’m quite proud of it, though I’m very aware that it may bother some people. I was considering preparing a list of responses to the most common objections (“Tolkien stole from everywhere!” – simply not …

Wikipunk

Lately I’ve been intensely disappointed with cyberpunk authors Bruce Sterling and William Gibson. The latter has enthusiastically retweeted the most inane pseudo-philosophical articles about Wikileaks, most of which entirely miss the point of the enterprise and speak only in clich├ęs and/or falsehoods. The worst of all these was written by …

The Game That Ate The Earth

My new Escapist article is up, and this one is very personal. It’s the complicated, bitter, glorious, silly and entirely strange history of Phenomenon 32. The Game That Ate The Earth. And it did. Comments, shares, retweets and musical renditions are welcome. But be nice. Writing this was extremely difficult.

Give Me An Axe…

My first article for The Escapist is now available for your reading pleasure! Let your friends know. Tell your grandmother. Ask your cat to retweet it. Oh, and read it!

The Monsters and the Critics

The Monsters and the Critics is a collection of seven essays by J. R. R. Tolkien: “Beowulf: the Monsters and the Critics” “On Translating Beowulf” “On Fairy-Stories” “A Secret Vice” “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” “English and Welsh” “Valedictory Address to the University of Oxford” Tolkien is one of …

The Urthona Revolution update

In case you were wondering, I haven’t given up on The Urthona Revolution. I am currently just trying to decide where the comic will be hosted. When I’ve decided that, the story will continue with one update per week – though perhaps with more pages per update than before. Meanwhile, …

The Twilight Experiment returns

I don’t have enough time or strength for a long blog post – today’s been a hard day – but Verena recently published the newest part of The Twilight Experiment. Go read it, for it is funny. More about my too many creative endeavours tomorrow. (Did I mention you should …

The Urthona Revolution… what’s next?

I’m quite happy with the first few instalments of The Urthona Revolution, but I’m definitely going to move it away from WebComicsNation – either to a different host, or to a subsection of my own site. Since we’re going to be in Greece for the next three weeks (we’re leaving …