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My NaNoWriMo Rebellion

Revolutioooooooooooon! In a flash of inspiration over the weekend, I have decided to take up pencil and keyboard, I have decided to take up the literary struggle of National Novel Writing Month — NaNoWriMo! As I gathered my plan in … Continue reading

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The Importance of Delta-V

I first read about delta-v as it relates to space travel on Winchell Chung’s Atomic Rockets website. At first, I dismissed it as just another boring limitation on fun space opera adventure, a bit like his descriptions of why gigantic … Continue reading

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Justifying Space Fighters

Winchell Chung, owner of the stupendously awesome Atomic Rockets website (check out his Boom Table) hates space fighters with the fury of a billion burning suns. He cites numerous writers on the infeasibility of such weapons, pointing out that drones … Continue reading

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Now at PulpRev: How to Slay a Bandit ~山賊を殺す方法~

Another day, another story at PulpRev. This one, “How to Slay a Bandit,” is about an herbalist who is taken away by dragon-riding bandits and must figure a way out. Have fun reading this one.

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I Heard Light Novels Were Good, but I Read Some and Was Disappointed!

Light novels: a form of popular literature in Japan, comparable to the pulps of yesteryear. They eschew high literary aspirations in favor of violence and sex. Lovely dames easy on the eyes, not mannish harpies drawn ugly, grace the covers … Continue reading

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Constant Adventure vs. Constant Worldbuilding

A day before this posting, I finished reading Jon Mollison’s new novel, Adventure Constant, about an astronaut who gets stranded on an alternate Earth where battles are fought with swords and modern tech is nowhere to be found, but counterparts … Continue reading

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Troping Sword & Flower

At the end of January, I published a novella called Sword & Flower, where a Puritan and a J-Pop singer team up to fight demons in purgatory. However, after I had released the work, I neglected one very important thing. … Continue reading

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Now at PulpRev: Woman Scorned ~怒妻大敵~

My flash fiction adventures at the PulpRev website continue with a new work I call “Woman Scorned.” In this one, a wife seeks to avenge her son, whom she was forced to kill by a cruel daimyo.

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Now at PulpRev: Sword Maid ~剣術メイド菊田舞~

Lately, I have been writing flash fiction for the PulpRev website, the online home of a literary movement known as the Pulp Revolution, which seeks to bring the adventurous and heroic style of classic sci-fi into the modern age. My … Continue reading

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Why There Are So Many Fighting Females

The Action Girl — a female hero or villain who physically fights — is a common and beloved trope throughout all of popular culture. However, it is also somewhat unrealistic, for the average man is stronger than the average woman. … Continue reading

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