I like to think of outlining as fractal, like a rocky coastline. The jagged water’s edge looks similar—not identical, just very like—if seen from space, an airplane, a tower, a rooftop, or from a crouching position at the water’s edge. Story sections also look rather the same at different planning elevations. Whether it’s the 7-volume arc, […]Read More Writing Time, Part 83. Time Management for Writers, a Fractal Approach
One of the great new reads in fantasy, Allaigna’s Song: Overture never fails to intrigue and satisfy my love of adventure and superbly drawn characters. I ask myself, how does JM Landels do it? From the very first page, JM Landels draws me into Allaigna’s brilliantly observed world, a land rich in conflict and magic. […]Read More Writing Time: JM Landels and Transformation in Allaigna’s Song: Overture.
Whistling in the dark, we sometimes call it, but I don’t like hearing emerging and establishing writers speak self-deprecatingly of their work. We don’t hear that sort of self-mockery much in other professions. And, even in our own, with a few Fitzgeraldian exceptions, we would be shocked if top-of-their-field authors spoke with destructive irony about […]Read More Writing Time, Part 57. Tip: Don’t Kick the Authorial Dog.
When we began our magazine, Pulp Literature, we knew we wanted it to be illustrated.This magpie was the first drawing I thought of for an incidental. He never made it in, no doubt because he’s cranky. I still like this fellow–he’s outside the window right now as a matter of fact, grumpy as hell again because it’s spring […]Read More Working Bird
For Issue 7 of Pulp Literature we have a fab flash fiction piece by Holly Walrath called “Mermaid Hunt”–a mermaid hunt with a twist, as you can see from this detail from the title page.Read More Mermaid Hunt, Sonar Style
I love the way Crivelli and Verocchio and their fellows painted lilies in the 15th Century, so that they are just as graceful as the angel holding them. Even more, I’m delighted that the lilies on my windowsill right here in the 21st Century look just the same.Read More Fresh from the Rennaissance
The great thing about drawing is that if you need a picture of a raven, and you don’t have time to put on your coat and scour the countryside for a raven photo-op, you can just draw one. I find that to be both economical and relaxing. This raven is a detail for Pulp Literature […]Read More Raven at the Ready
I rarely use a straight edge, but with swords I feel obliged to honour the blade with a direct line to the point. Armour is fun, because you’re making black lines on white paper represent something shiny. But if there’s a sword in the picture, that’s what it’s all about.Read More It’s All About the Sword
Back in the day my great aunt Jessie embroidered a Tudor-style flower scene for my grandmother’s home. It’s now at my parents’ place, and I drew it first straight up, then again with mixed elements–scales for flowers, petals for the bird’s wings. But the eyes had it the third time. (“Eyes” is a detail from […]Read More These Eyes
I used to have a heck of a time drawing hands. Now I don’t know that I’m much more competent, but I can’t get enough of them. Go figure.Read More Hands Up