It’s Monday, so no creative title

Links! Because my brain is turning into dissertation mush. A. L. Kennedy interviewed about her new short story collection. I laughed at the last question, as will you all. Dinosaur Comics on TERRIFYING ROMANCE STORIES. Whenever I want to post about romance in the future, I may do it with dinosaur clip-art. It just makes…

Lord Peter and others

A quick Friday link: do go read Sarah Rees Brennan’s charming descriptions of mystery series, including an imagined dialogue between Dorothy Sayers and her publisher about Harriet Vane’s, uh, rather idealized nature. Great recommendations in the comments, too. I’d add Tana French‘s books — I didn’t love Faithful Place as well as the first two…

Romance and narrative structure

At Brooklyn Arden, Cheryl Klein is saying interesting things about narrative elements of the romance plot, YA, and Taylor Swift; Malinda Lo responds to a question in Klein’s comments about how those narrative elements may or may not change in queer romance plots. Allow me to geek out for a moment. (I taught a class…

ArmadilloCon 32 events

I just got my preliminary ArmadilloCon 32 schedule, so if you’re able to make it to Austin at the end of the month and want to see me read, sign, or talk on a panel, you’re in luck! My events are all on Saturday, August 28, and Sunday, August 29. The con is at the…

‘Inception’ redux

I went to see Inception for a second time, in an IMAX theatre. Several things happened: I enjoyed it more this time than the first time. It really is a lovely-looking movie. I got to hear an even larger audience of people sigh frustratedly in unison at the final scene. I still don’t get this,…

Why I loved ‘The Passage’

(I don’t discuss much plot stuff at all, but if you want to remain totally unspoiled about The Passage, do not read this post or the linked reviews.) It will surprise no one who’s read Alcestis that I’ve thought about death often in the last few years. Partly this is an occupational hazard of writing…