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Decadence, beauty, and the female author who inspired me the most

By far and away, the woman author who has inspired me more than anyone else is Anne Rice. Reading her Vampire Chronicles as a child and then a teenager taught me so much about conveying beauty through prose, and sensuality independent of sexuality, and a lot about certain slices of history in Europe and New […]

Who’s your favorite female protagonist? Mine’s Anita Blake.

Further on the theme of women this month, I wanted to talk about my favorite female protagonist, Anita Blake. I could qualify this, perhaps saying just Anita Blake of the first eleven novels where she’s a badass detective and vampire slayer, and not yet a Mary Sue that talks about successful polyamory and attending therapy […]

The season of Carnivale and The Cask of Amontillado

Though COVID has large communal gatherings still largely banned, this time of springtide always makes me think about the tradition of Carnivale, and Edgar Allan Poe’s story The Cask of Amontillado, where Poe writes about a drunk reveler being walled up in a catacomb by the narrator, Montresor. I grew up in Florida, quite non-religious, […]

Magical Realism, Isabel Allende, Historical Fiction, and International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day! This holiday isn’t hugely celebrated where I’m from, here in the U.S., but dating internationally has introduced me to its significance overseas, in Europe among other places. Because it’s women’s day, or women’s month, or 51% of the population is female, I’m going to be writing this month about some of […]

A Julia sketch, because sometimes I need to paint instead of write

Not much to write about this week, but I wanted to share a sketch I spent most of this weekend painting, concept art of the main protagonist of Farther Than Elysium, Julia del Razur. Now, there are certain details off, that probably only matter to a nerd like me–her armor is a bit wrong, because […]

Love in the time of COVID

Happy belated Valentine’s Day to everyone. Like many people, I had a lovely Zoom date with my loved one. Someone pointed out to me the other day that my main characters’ lovers have a rather high fatality rate in my stories…. which I can’t really argue with, I suppose. I hope wherever you were, whoever […]

The Stand and other pandemic thoughts

I first read Stephen King’s The Stand as a high schooler, many an undisclosed amounts of moons ago. It’s one of my favorite books of his–between it and his Dark Tower series. This is the book where he introduces the man in black, and I think he hit many of his high points describing what […]

Happy New Year’s (Fuck Off, 2020, Ain’t Gonna Miss You)

If you’ve read any of my work, you are aware that it is recommended 18+ reading due to violence, cursing, and general carryings-on. YA author I am not. (At least not yet?) My last story, The Pasha’s War, had a sex scene that I took out partially because it didn’t add to the story, but […]

Remember kids, keep the “Saturn” in “Saturnalia”

To all of my readers and erstwhile weary denizens of the internet who stumble on the blog, I wish you a happy version of whatever holiday you celebrate, regardless of the metaphysical sincerity with which you do so. Cheers!

My top 5 books of 2020 (even if they weren’t written in 2020)

Today I want to share my top 5 books of 2020. I’m sure, as we are all aware, that the currently raging COVID-19 pandemic, with ensuing death, illness, economic loss, job loss, and travel bans, has not been fantastic for the vast majority of the world. (Insert virtue signalling here about how I am grateful […]

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