No such thing as a good ugly woman

I’m sure many of you have seen where the NY Times put together an interactive chart that asked people to rank all the characters in Game of Thrones on a good-evil/ugly-beautiful axis. The results should be of interest to storytellers. There is a clear bi-lobed cluster. You could argue of course that this is the result of the show’s producers rather than a statement on … Continue reading No such thing as a good ugly woman

The Archaeology of Five: Origin of The Heretic Arcanum

I did not create Etude Etranger, the shaman-chef of my occult mystery THE HERETIC ARCANUM. I summoned him. All of my other characters were deliberate inventions, and they were iterative, the result of quiet, intentional reflection requiring several revisions to make right. Xana, for example, my eight-foot-tall strong woman from THE MINUS FACTION, started life as a 110-lb. teenager. Etude alone appeared fully formed through … Continue reading The Archaeology of Five: Origin of The Heretic Arcanum

Millionaire fined after using children’s gravestones to build a patio

“The Adversary Walks Among Us.” That’s what a colleague of mine wrote to me, referencing the villain of The Heretic Arcanum (my series of short occult mysteries), after sending this BoingBoing/Daily Mail story: Millionaire fined after using children’s gravestones to build a patio “Today in 1% villainy: UK property developer Kim Davies broke a bunch of laws when he used children’s gravestones from a derelict … Continue reading Millionaire fined after using children’s gravestones to build a patio

Where Have All the Villainesses Gone?

“Isn’t it time to acknowledge the ugly side? I’ve grown quite weary of the spunky heroines, brave rape victims, soul-searching fashionistas that stock so many books. I particularly mourn the lack of female villains — good, potent female villains. Not ill-tempered women who scheme about landing good men and better shoes (as if we had nothing more interesting to war over), not chilly WASP mothers (emotionally … Continue reading Where Have All the Villainesses Gone?