January 2018

Think Like a Librarian: Hercule Poirot’s Christmas, by Agatha Christie

I’m trying to look at books the way a librarian might, in order to help get me better at thinking from a reader’s point of view.  Last week I did Jeff Lemire’s Roughneck. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas is a standalone novel in the Agatha Christie Poirot mystery series.  She’s most famous for Murder on the Orient Express, in …

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Simple Epic Fantasy Plots, Part 1: Danger Behind Us

As far as I can tell, there are three main areas of contemporary fantasy that are so separated from each other that it’s pointless to try to lump them together. Epic/high fantasy. Urban fantasy. Everything else. Tropes and fans can and do cross over, but trying to figure out what’s going on seems to require …

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On Editing

A lot of writers edit their words until they behave themselves properly. Don’t be that writer.  Words shouldn’t behave themselves. … It takes writing time to write these posts.  If you enjoyed this post, please take a moment to check out my latest book, One Dark Summer Night, or sign up for my newsletter.