Archive for the 'Musings' Category

Talking with marketing materials

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

There’s a great post on Publishers Weekly’s Genreville blog: Publicity vs. Marketing. The gist of it is editor Rose Fox describing two different approaches taken by publicists in presenting books to her for review. One approach had information dense handouts essentially summarizing the book with the publicist repeating what was on the handouts; the other […]

The importance of voting

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Just in case you haven’t seen this already on Matt Forbeck‘s site,  this is a funny and very pointed video with a message about the importance of (duh!) voting. I’m not American, of course, but the message in this is incredibly important. We’ve having our own election up here in Canada in a couple of […]

Tales from Matt Forbeck

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

Matt Forbeck writes on Storytellersunplugged.com about the cyclical nature of the freelance writer’s year — or at his freelance writer’s year. I haven’t been freelancing as long as Matt has (in fact I’ve just celebrated one year of it) but  I’ve been getting by so far on existing contracts and somewhat more seasonal copy/data flow […]

Flying in the face of prevailing opinion

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

I saw Wanted the other night. The reviews were good, the trailer looked decent, the movie looked decent, I’m a fan of James McAvoy, I’m a fan of action movies — how could I go wrong? I hated it. It’s not that it wasn’t stylish and it’s not that the actors weren’t good (it always […]

Ahead of my time damn it.

Friday, April 18th, 2008

News from SFScope that an anthology of science fiction for a YA audience publishes today. The collection sounds great, which annoys the hell out of me, because a year or so ago, I started thinking “Hmmm… there’s not a whole lot being published in science fiction for YA that isn’t techno-distopia or eco-themed. I’ve got […]

Hollandaise hypotaxis

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Why? Because they leaped out at me from a spam comment I just trashed. They roll off the tongue nicely, don’t you think? Hollandaise Hypotaxis sounds like he could be a character — slightly unsavory, a little on the chunky side. What news? Well, we’re planning a wee vacation in a month and a bit […]

Not great but not too bad either

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

It’s always a good feeling when a movie you expected to be excruciatingly bad actually turns out to be pretty decent. I watched Ghost Rider last night and aside from some pretty hokey lines, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it might be (I am not the world’s greatest Nicolas Cage fan). I […]