Tag Archives: pet peeves

Technothugs, Misogyny, and #GamerGate

ShareTweet Many years ago now, the Internet brought a terrible tabletop RPG to my attention. It was a complete mess of a fantasy game. I can’t in good conscience call it a fantasy heartbreaker because there was absolutely nothing to … Continue reading

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Family Feud of Thrones

ShareTweet I’ve been watching the new season of Game of Thrones, which continues to be better than the books, in my opinion. I’m going to try to avoid significant spoilers, but there may be some back-handed references to things in … Continue reading

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Dissecting a Trope – First Love as Last Love

ShareTweet The trope I’m dissecting today has been a bit of a pet peeve of mine for a number of years. It works like this: The protagonist falls in love for the first time during the story and ends the … Continue reading

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Another of the Hero’s Hundred Thousand Faces

ShareTweet I finished N.K. Jemisin’s The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms this past week and enjoyed it much more than I expected. I helped vote it in as my Goodreads book club’s next series mostly on the strength of Susan Voss’s glowing … Continue reading

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Writing Catchphrases – Adventures in Fatherhood

ShareTweet Despite a nasty cold bug that knocked out my entire household this week, I somehow managed to finish the second half of the first of this month’s two freelance assignments. Go me. I also had a fun and fairly … Continue reading

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A Codex of Complaints about Jim Butcher’s Furies of Calderon

ShareTweet As folks who follow this blog have probably figured out by now, I’m a huge fan of fantasy – particularly various flavors of high fantasy (fantasy set in another world). I read fantasy because I genuinely enjoy it. However, … Continue reading

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Food and the Fantasy Novel

ShareTweet It has become something of a tradition in the fantasy genre to lavish great attention on the food characters eat. The plot might concern an epic battle against a world-destroying monster. The heroes might wield powers that move Heaven … Continue reading

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The Bechdel Test and High Fantasy

ShareTweet I got into a conversation this week about the Bechdel Test with some other writers. The Bechdel Test, if you’re not familiar with the term, is a means of testing gender bias in a work of fiction (usually movies). … Continue reading

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Goodreads Gossip and That One Blog

ShareTweet I seriously need to spin off these kinds of posts to an extra day because it seems like they take over this blog sometimes, but I find these “this week in publishing/reading/writing” topics so fascinating. I go to bed … Continue reading

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“Dump Your Boyfriend and Get with Me” Is Not a Compliment

ShareTweet This week’s Internet adventures brought me to a thread in a tabletop roleplaying thread titled “How to get my boyfriend to try an RPG.” The original poster explained that she and several of her female friends took up roleplaying … Continue reading

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