Nodus Tollens

From dictionaryofobscuresorrows.com: n. the realization that the plot of your life doesn’t make sense to you anymore—that although you thought you were following the arc of the story, you keep finding yourself immersed in passages you don’t understand, that don’t even seem to belong in…

Ancillary Justice

Ancillary Justice was one of those books with a really cool idea, and elegant execution of that idea. The plot itself I found to be lackluster, but the telling of it exceedingly well done. In particular, I like that through relentless use of particular language, with the exception of one…

How Not To Ask A Question: Appeals to Sympathy

Don't appeal to sympathy. To wit, "I have been working on this for three days." The time you spend on a problem is an indirect measure of value, and may very well be inaccurate. By 'three days' you may mean you have been up for 72 hours doing absolutely nothing…

The Man of a Thousand Faces

Rook's room is dark, lit only by a pale blue, diffuse light and several golden will'o'wisps that float around him. They fan out, rising above his shoulders before wrapping around in soft arcs as he kneels. The box he opens is lacquered, dark wood. The fabric is yellow and worn…

Over the Border

Very cool news. Particularly cool because some really big names (Cory Doctorow, Naomi Novak, David Drake, John Scalzi... I haven't had time to hunt through the whole list) contributed, which really warms my heart. I sort of wonder if people just contributed in their name (Brian Williams? Maybe a coincidence…

The Joy of Running

I just went for a six mile run - not the furthest I've run and, goodness me, definitely not the fastest. My body was, I think, objecting to a week of punishment: work, exercise, gaming all had particular and acute demands this week and I not only felt like I…