Posts under ‘Writing’

The Bechdel Test

I’ve been thinking about the Bechdel Test in relation to my most recent stories. I’ve been writing again, which is good. But I wonder if my stories pass this particular issue. I thought I’d do a bit of a recap. The one I’m working on now, other than The Gods of Reed, is a short […]

Gender Without Sex

What is the meaning of gender if you don’t have a physical sex? This question came about from my NaNoWriMo novel. The Cyborgs1 have true Artificial Intelligence (AI), software beings that have no physical sex. No more than Firefox or Emacs has a sex. Exactly half the race lacks this quality of sex. And yet, […]

Magical Influence on Sexuality

I’ve been thinking about gender recently. This has come out of the question of the meaning of gender when the intelligent being in question has no sex. With the added complication of these sex-less beings making up half (exactly half, actually) of a race, where the other half is sexed1. A question popped into my […]

Personal Identity

One of my favorite characters on Heroes is Gabriel Gray. Sylar, his alter ego, is one of the most powerful characters in the show in terms of abilities. In a fight he can easily put down any of the other characters, with the possible exception of Peter. But Sylar isn’t the real character. He’s an […]


Your beginning isĀ  important. It sets the tone. It draws readers in. It’s a taste of your piece, the first impression. Your readers will forgive a misspelled wrod or tow half-way through, but it will disgust them in the first line. They’ll stop reading. They’ll miss the meat, the importance of it. The journey is […]