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Francesca Forrest Read widely, so you're exposed to all sorts of different ways of telling a story. It's amazing what words can do, what people have made words do. The …moreRead widely, so you're exposed to all sorts of different ways of telling a story. It's amazing what words can do, what people have made words do. The rest, I think, really varies from person to person. We (I still feel like I'm aspiring) just have to keep at it, keep trying, and not let self-doubt hobble us. (less)
Francesca Forrest I try to turn my energies to other things that are important to me, plunge into them, and trust that the mojo will come back. Sometimes your creative …moreI try to turn my energies to other things that are important to me, plunge into them, and trust that the mojo will come back. Sometimes your creative batteries just need a chance to recharge. (I'm talking about casual, everyday writer's block. There can be more hardcore sorts of writer's block, which have more complicated causes and more complicated solutions, but I haven't faced those yet.)(less)
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Datlow!

When I first came online in 2006 and fell in with the SFF... H writing community, a name that kept on coming up was Ellen Datlow's. I became aware that she was an editor and that she published best-of anthologies. I used to whisper her name to myself with strong emphasis on the first syllable of her surname. Ellen DATlow, Ellen DATlow...

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The Obsidian Palace by Benjamin Medrano
"This is the climax of a fantasy trilogy that builds from one book to the next and picks up right where the last book left off. Read them in order.

You know what you're getting. You get it. I was a bit frustrated with side-stories with this one, though" Read more of this review »
The Avatar's Flames by Benjamin Medrano
"I'm still in the mood that this is kind of perfect for. I've no idea why. This is RPG adjacent with world building cribbed from fantasy gaming, though not like any actual systems I know of. I'm pretty sure it's the same world as Soul Bound, though I " Read more of this review »
Queen of Ice by Benjamin Medrano
"This is part of a fantasy adventure series and it picks up right after the first left off. I definitely recommend reading them in order.

So you know what you're getting with this story. Ruethwyn is ready to complete her first year of school and then s" Read more of this review »
The Blood Mage Texts by Sherwood Smith
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The Blood Mage Texts by Sherwood Smith
"I have to approach these books carefully, because in many ways I know too much about them. I've been reading them for decades, in various forms from raw first draft to successive attempts to tame that initial exuberance and bend it into something acc" Read more of this review »
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Delicate, yet strong and vividly written--a beautiful retelling of the Gawain story that captures everything about the mood of the original tale and adds depth and richness to Gawain's stay in the castle near the Green Chapel. Loved it. ...more
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“Em and her people have hurricane hearts. And me? I must cultivate a heart of ruby fire from now on. The power of ruby fire is different from hurricane power. Everyone can see a hurricane coming, and so they shake with fear. The ruby fire no one can see coming until it arrives—and so they shake with fear.”
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“Technically, our name, to those who speak science, is Homo sapiens— wise person. But we have been described in many other ways. Homo narrans, juridicus, ludens, diaspora: we are storytelling, legal, game-playing, scattered people, too. True but incomplete. That old phrase has the secret. We are all, have always been, will always be, Homo vorago aperientis: person before whom opens a vast & awesome hole.”
China Miéville, Railsea

“There was a time when wen we did not form all our words as we do now, in writing on a page. There was a time when the word "&" was written with several distinct & separate letters. It seems madness now. But there it is, & there is nothing we can do about it.

Humanity learned to ride the rails, & that motion made us what we are, a ferromaritime people. The lines of the railsea go everywhere but from one place straight to another. It is always switchback, junction, coils around & over our own train-trails.

What word better could there be to symbolize the railsea that connects & separates all lands, than “&” itself? Where else does the railsea take us, but to one place & that one & that one & that one, & so on? & what better embodies, in the sweep of the pen, the recurved motion of trains, than “&”?

An efficient route from where we start to where we end would make the word the tiniest line. But it takes a veering route, up & backwards, overshooting & correcting, back down again south & west, crossing its own earlier path, changing direction, another overlap, to stop, finally, a few hairs’ width from where we began.

& tacks & yaws, switches on its way to where it’s going, as we all must do.”
China Miéville, Railsea

“A poor old Widow in her weeds
Sowed her garden with wild-flower seeds;
Not too shallow, and not too deep,
And down came April -- drip -- drip -- drip.
Up shone May, like gold, and soon
Green as an arbour grew leafy June.
And now all summer she sits and sews
Where willow herb, comfrey, bugloss blows,
Teasle and pansy, meadowsweet,
Campion, toadflax, and rough hawksbit;
Brown bee orchis, and Peals of Bells;
Clover, burnet, and thyme she smells;
Like Oberon's meadows her garden is
Drowsy from dawn to dusk with bees.
Weeps she never, but sometimes sighs,
And peeps at her garden with bright brown eyes;
And all she has is all she needs --
A poor Old Widow in her weeds.”
Walter de la Mare, Peacock Pie

“It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”
Nelson Mandela

“I Name you Echthroi. I Name you Meg.
I Name you Calvin.
I Name you Mr. Jenkins.
I Name you Proginoskes.
I fill you with Naming.
Be!
Be, butterfly and behemoth,
be galaxy and grasshopper,
star and sparrow,
you matter,
you are,
be!
Be caterpillar and comet,
Be porcupine and planet,
sea sand and solar system,
sing with us,
dance with us,
rejoice with us,
for the glory of creation,
seagulls and seraphim
angle worms and angel host,
chrysanthemum and cherubim.
(O cherubim.)
Be!
Sing for the glory
of the living and the loving
the flaming of creation
sing with us
dance with us
be with us.
Be!"
- Madeleine L'Engle, A Wind in the Door”
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Francesca Forrest C.s.e. wrote: "Hallo! Thank you for finding me! This place is a JUNGLE! I like it."

Hahaha! This is a place where I don't even **try** to keep up appearances. It takes me months and months to read even one book (short stories I can read right away, but books I don't seem to build in time for, somehow), so I am very pathetic. But it's fun to read people's book reviews!


C.S.E. Cooney Hallo! Thank you for finding me! This place is a JUNGLE! I like it.


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