Kelly Link, resident editor at the OWW, has written a letter to workshop members, which Charlie has posted at his blog. The only kind of critique that I worry about, in the long run, is the tendency of a workshop to sand off all the interesting edges from a writer.
Australian arts blog Articulate interviews Ellen Datlow: There are lots of good stories published but they may not be all that memorable. For me to choose a story for the Year's Best it has to hold up on more than one level and be satisfying for more than one reading. The article also discusses (briefly) […]
You know, I could stare at photos like this intermediate polar binary system for hours. On end.
Agent Nephele Tempest muses about voice: So, what's your writing style? You should know, and keep track as it evolves. Agents and editors talk about voice a lot, and the truth is that we're talking about two different things at the same time: what your writing tone and style are, and what your narrator or […]
In case you read my blog but don't read hers: Elizabeth Bear on the difference between 'flawed' and 'broken'.
Reuters reports that we didn't kill the mammoths: Radiocarbon dating of 600 bones of bison, moose and humans that survived the mass extinction and remains of the mammoth and wild horse which did not suggests humans were not responsible. Link via the archaeoblog.
Is it just me, or is there a rash of amusing spam subject lines lately? Some of my personal favourites: chosen grandchild infidel moss sighted entire fleshy elfin stand primitive Fleshy elfin?!