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Where and When to Vote for SFF Awards

We are already full on into awards nomination and voting season. If you’re not sure when or how to nominate, here’s a quick round up. Also, a plea! If you’re eligible to nominate or vote, do so! The awards are about voting for things you loved, you don’t have to have read everything to love one thing. British Science Fiction Association…

How Fast?

Sometimes you really need to see it to believe how fast something is. I knew Star Wars: The Force Awakens was big, and I knew it got big fast. This dataviz I put together in Illustrator and After Effects shows just how fast. In my other life, as GracefulRobot, I make data visualisations. Sometimes I make them just for my…

Emotionally Perfect

Sometimes, high altitude, excitement for holidays and friends, and the perfect story, all combine in one cataclysmic moment that completely undoes me. On the flight from London to Nashville I caught up with a film I’d been meaning to see — Pitch Perfect. In a moment early on, the main character, Becca auditions for an acapella group. We’ve just had a…

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272 Hauntings

Sometimes a story gets to you. It lifts up your corneas, crawls into your optic nerve, and inserts itself into the way you see the world. That’s what Carmen Maria Machado’s Especially Heinous: 272 Views of Law and Order SVU did to me. It’s a powerful story, strange and real at the same time. Difficult to describe, but impossible to…

TV Writing for Novelists

Work on the novel has been slow recently, so I’ve been stealing from the structure and clarity of TV writing to help move it forward. I picked up *tons* of useful energy from this approach. Below are some of the great links that helped me figure out the process. Often TV shows are structured with A, B, and C storylines.…

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