Reading, Television and Movies

On Chuck Wendig and Marvel

The Marvel Logo

So, in case you haven’t heard, Chuck Wendig was fired from Marvel. Because, apparently, he wasn’t civil. Did Marvel fail to read his blog or twitter feed before hiring him? That his voice is sarcastic and profane couldn’t be a surprise to anyone. It always has been. Therefore, the problem must, in fact, be that …

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Reading

Book Review: Dread Nation

Cover for Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

When I received the review copy of Dread Nation, by Justina Ireland, I was immediately excited. It pushed all the right buttons for me: alt-history fantasy with powerful women fighting zombies. It was written partially in response to , a book I had found humorous and lightly diverting but not, well, particularly inspired. This, though, promised …

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Writing

When is a Writer a Professional instead of a Hobbyist?

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As the frequently profoundly profane Chuck Wendig says: A Writer Writes. One of the biggest mistaken assumptions that I hear from non-writers (and sometimes hobbyist writers) is that a writer — or any creative professional for that matter — waits for inspiration to strike before writing. A writer writes. Period. If you want to be …

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