• I Can’t Talk About Rape, So This Entry Contains Nothing About It

    UPDATE: Please read this too. Jim C. Hines, who keeps getting more and more fascinating, has posted another entry about rape. He used to be a rape crisis counselor, so he knows a little better the reality of rape, rather than this collegiate newspaper. I can’t talk about it because one out of four women have been raped. If you haven’t been raped yourself, then that number is lower. If you have been raped, then that number is higher. So let’s say it all averages out to 1/4. That means either my mom, my sister, or my wife has been raped. If it’s my wife, I must have done it,…

  • The Updates, Such As They Are

    I got a letter back from that stupid girl. She apologized for sending repeat messages, and said she’d been on for years but never realized there was a zipfile of critiques. Can’t say I know what to make of this. But hopefully this story is over.But, oh noes, the stupidity doesn’t stop there. No, I get another one, this from a boy, who thinks that English is not my second language. Now I realize that everyone’s got their own opinion and a comment like this should indicate something about my writing. But WTF? Does this sound like I’ve got a fucking accent? Do I sound like a fucking turban guy?…

  • Story: Missing for five weeks

    I’m a member of the Critters web site, which is a critque/workshop site for SF/F/H writing. So far it’s the most decent site I’ve seen (I was previously on Zoetrope, but wasn’t getting enough responses, and was limited in what I could submit). I know a lot of us critcize how it’s like a 5% success rate on getting published, but reading some of these things, I can see why. In the four or five weeks, I’ve crtiqued 9 stories, and only one was of real publishable quality. It’s just that they don’t know how to write, I haven’t run into any that have real grammar, spelling, or such problems,…