Weird happenings and a new genre

Weird happenings and a new genre

First off, to quote one of my favourite Terry Pratchett characters, ‘I Aten’t Dead.’ But I promised weird happenings, and indeed there have been some, starting with Facebook deciding that my old account that I’d had since 2006 or thereabouts...
‘The End’ smells good

‘The End’ smells good

The End smell The End. I’m so close to writing those words on the rough edit of Elemental Conflict that I’m pretty sure I can smell them. And dat smell is good. On the other hand, I ripped the guts out of the initial draft, added bits, changed bits, and...

Elemental Conflict: Prologue

Prologue Nightmares meant you’d survived. It was one of the first things they taught, in basic training; so early that it was one of the very few memories she’d kept from the months before everything else had happened. Before the gaping hole in her memory, and before...
Etymology Excavation: “Raining cats and dogs”

Etymology Excavation: “Raining cats and dogs”

What is etymology, and why are you excavating it? Etymology is like the archeology of a language (definition: the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed throughout history). In this series of posts, we’re going to look at...
Etymology Excavation: “strong suit”

Etymology Excavation: “strong suit”

What is etymology, and why are you excavating it? Etymology is like the archeology of a language (definition: the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed throughout history). In this series of posts, we’re going to look at...