Monthly Archives: August 2011

Magic, Hard and Soft

There is a distinction you will sometimes hear made by writers and readers of fantasy fiction between hard magic and soft magic. Soft magic is magic that just does what the author wants it to do in every case, with … Continue reading

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A Song for Phineas Pimiscule

Continuing in the vein of filk-blogging books I have read and characters I like, here’s “Bully That”.  It’s about Phineas, the mentor character in E.J. Patten’s about-to-be-published epic horror middle reader novel, Return to Exile. *   *   * … Continue reading

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Bookshelf: The Stress of Her Regard

I just finished Tim Powers’s The Stress of Her Regard, and it’s awesome. I bought it from Jacob Weisman of Tachyon Publications at WorldCon, and had a nice chat with Jacob about selling strategy and about what literary fantasy is. … Continue reading

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Bonnie Prince Billy

Yesterday, we had a little Welch and Rawlings, who are one kind of folk music.  Here’s Bonnie Prince Billy (Will Oldham), with another.

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Gillian Welch

Gillian Welch (which is Gillian Welch and David Rawlings) have just released a great new album, The Harrow & the Harvest, after a hiatus of several years.  Here’s a little hat-tip to Welch’s song-writing… this is not from the new … Continue reading

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Tom Waits Album Coming in October

I found this hilarious. Though I’m pretty sure the possessive should be Waits’s.

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Google+ Writing Circle ProjectGenre: Myth The Guardian stared, intent. For aeons he had not counted, the Guardian had trained his gaze on the Others. He could not see them from where he stood.  From where he stood, he could only … Continue reading

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What Is Steampunk? (Restoration Hardware)

A significant part of Steampunk’s signature and allure is a Victorian science fiction visual aesthetic.  Check out these offerings from Restoration Hardware:

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Witchy Tesla

Not as much is known about the power that fuels gramarye as laypersons may believe.  Whatever one calls it—mana, essence, chi, spirit, energy, power—it appears to be tied to the phenomenon of life itself.  We will adopt herein the technical … Continue reading

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Witchy Propaganda

!! ~ Men of the Ohio ~ !! Do not believe FILTHY LIES that are told by seditioneers and regicides lurking in dark corners.  HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY, THE EMPEROR THOMAS PENN is your Friend.  His Heart is full of Love … Continue reading

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