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23rd of Sep 2012

This week I came across K.D. Lang's cover of Hallelujah. Curious, I took a look at her Pandora biography, and apparently nobody knew quite what to make of her personal style, but the song is brilliant, and it's nice to know that misfits can do amazing things.

Artists and Outsiders

16th of Sep 2012

In college, my philosophy professor once told a class a story about Baruch Spinoza, who lived in the 1600s and got excommunicated from the Jewish religion. The story didn't have anything to do with his philosophy (while the excommunication probably did) but was about his choices in life.

Guest Post: David Lee Summers

9th of Sep 2012

This week's blog is a guest post from David Lee Summers, fellow author in Gears and Levers 1 who has several novels under his belt as well:

I am pleased to have a story in the Gears and Levers anthology alongside Chris Wong Sick Hong's "The Festival of Flame." My story is called "The Pirates of Baja" and like Chris's story, it adds a certain element of multiculturalism to the familiar steampunk gadgetry and historical action.

Authenticity and Voice

1st of Sep 2012

Searching around on Google, I found a review of Dick Richards: Private Eye. My first thought was "that was quick," but it's been out for over three weeks now so maybe that's not that quick. Anyway, I'm not going to talk about that review, partly because most reviewers understandably want to avoid the appearance of undue outside influence, and also because you've got to be strong enough to let reviews be. If your writing is true to your artistic voice, you're never going to appeal to everybody.

Great American Stories

25th of Aug 2012

One of the books my wife has lying around is an anthology called Great American Stories. It collects stories from the 1800s to the early 1900s from authors who are considered part of the canon of American (i.e., U.S.) literature: Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allen Poe, Edith Wharton, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, O. Henry, and several others. I've been reading through it for the past few days, and what struck me was how different the style is from what's considered "correct" today.