Tag Archives: fantasy

Butchering Farewell, Something Lovely

I’ve been looking once again at Farewell, Something Lovely. The intent was for it to be a sequel to “For Simple Coin” (published in On Spec, Winter 2009 issue) but now I think I’m going to change the protagonist to … Continue reading

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The Role of That Woman in “Farewell, Something Lovely”

I was reading over my story “Farewell, Something Lovely,” a short story based on the Raymond Chandler novel Farewell, My Lovely. What struck me was the role of the female character who motivates the story – my version of Velma … Continue reading

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The Last Synn

If you are hanging out here, I’m going to assume you like speculative fiction. If so, you might want to check out James McCormick’s The Last Synn. You can find it at Amazon, and you can learn more about James … Continue reading

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47 Ronin: A Review

So I saw 47 Ronin. I don’t hate it. That’s all you need to know. Move along. You’re still here? Okay, let’s get into this: the movie is a pretty good sword & sorcery story, not as good as the … Continue reading

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Shame On You, Canada Council for (Some of) the Arts

The Canada Council for the Arts has seen fit to deny On Spec – in my mind, Canada’s premier spec fic journal – funding. Apparently, they have been warning On Spec that the work published is not of a high … Continue reading

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Review: Throne of the Crescent Moon

Throne of the Crescent Moon hits so many of my buttons it is absolutely no surprise that I loved it. It’s a great sword & sorcery story, tight in its plotting with very little fat. While the characters are, in … Continue reading

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Review: Barbarella

Thanks to Netflix, I finally got the chance to see Barbarella. It’s like reaching some kind of milestone. I have heard about this movie for so very long. I actually remember reading about this movie in a book back when … Continue reading

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