Writing Advice and Rule-Breaking

aka Still Not The All-Encompassing Wizard World Philadelphia Post (sorry) One of the things I've always believed is that writing is such a deeply individual process that there's very little I can teach someone else about craft. I'm not talking about basics like grammar and vocabulary. I tend to assume writers are either already well-versed … Continue reading Writing Advice and Rule-Breaking


Writing Gender

"How do you go about writing a character that's a different gender than yourself?" That was a question I got at a panel at Wizard World Philadelphia, and it caught me completely off-guard. This isn't because it wasn't a question I could answer, or even an issue I haven't thought about. This was entirely because … Continue reading Writing Gender

About Powerlessness

I miss Laser Cat. It usually comes over me at bedtime, which was when she'd most often have her bursts of affection. It was easier for her when we were lying down; we were less scary, I think, when we were flat and lower to the ground. She would purr and curl up and push her … Continue reading About Powerlessness


Review: LOGAN

I don't really intend to write regular movie reviews. For one thing, I don't see a lot of first-run films (although The Kid may end up talking us into THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE). For another, when I like a film, I don't always like to examine my reactions too closely. I like a lot of stuff that's … Continue reading Review: LOGAN



I am a spoiler junky. Some of this is efficiency. We watch a lot of movies on Netflix (especially random horror films, which, despite the occasional work of genuine brilliance, tend to skew heavily toward disjointed, unintelligent wastes of time), and I want to know what I'm getting into before I invest my attention. With very … Continue reading Review: ARRIVAL


Are You Sure? (Y/N)

Dear Fellow Writers Who Have Yet To Publish, Don't do it. Love, Liz ...Wait. You need more than that? Oh. Okay. Dear Fellow Writers Who Have Yet To Publish, If you love writing and value your sanity, don't do it. Love, and really, I mean it, Liz I can hear you from here, you know. "Well, … Continue reading Are You Sure? (Y/N)


I Protest

There have been a lot of stories about the Women's March on January 21st. Here's mine. I had not planned to go, initially. Boston isn't an awful drive from here (an hour or so to Alewife, and then the subway, which I enjoy riding), but I've gone into town on Event Days before: Earth Day, … Continue reading I Protest