The Art of Criticism

After a conversation with another esteemed writer friend, I got to thinking about criticism, and how we as authors should parse it when it’s given. It’s a funny thing, really. Most of us are terrified of it because it can strike so deeply, but it’s absolutely required for us to improve our craft.

The White Saviour Narrative

So you’ve got this native people, okay, and they are “more in tune with nature” and therefore have no indoor toilets or shoes, and they have Issues, man. Issues that are usually insurmountable for them (because they don’t have access to modern plumbing, of course) but less so for the Mighty Whitey who makes first contact with them and brings them the knowledge of pooping indoors and wearing boots.

A Letter to White Authors on the Subject of Racism

There is racism in books. There is a big problem with racism and representation in books, especially books from the traditional publishing houses and – I don’t even fucking know anymore. I’ve seen some stuff on Twitter that’s making me want to SCREAM at other white people. Like, why don’t you get it?! Are you not paying attention? WHY AREN’T YOU PAYING ATTENTION-

But tweets are only 140 characters.

Better Bindings

I’ve done much better with the latest bindings. I’ve got a copy of The Nameless Knight, and two copies of The Meldling that I’m quite happy with! So it’s time for mailing list giveaways once more. As always, the winners are chosen randomly from my list, and I’ll give them the option of what they get.

the meldling hardcover leather

Failed Bindings

Well, it happened. I had such great ideas, and it was all for naught.

I promised I’d do a giveaway of this nice leather-bound gray copy of The Meldling. An excellent idea, I thought! And then I had a stroke of the most amazing luck – I acquired a piece of very beautiful, thin red leather.