Category Archives: Essays

No More Spirit Animals

Tonight at sundown, “Walpurgis Night” or “Hexennacht” begins. The evening of April 30th through the daylight of May 1st is a traditional pagan holiday in Europe, a turning point of the transition from spring to summer. It’s analogous to Halloween/All … Continue reading

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Let It Happen

In January of this year, a few people celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz by the Soviet army. The Russians marched in on January 27th, 1945. By the time they arrived, there were only about 7,000 people left … Continue reading

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Steal the Fire

A few words here on the subject of Hero Worship, and the pain and disappointment that some of you will always feel, if a culture hero proves to have feet of clay…or be standing waist deep in manure. Fair enough. … Continue reading

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The Dog of Judgment

There is nothing that makes me sadder than seeing a young artist in any medium–writing, music, painting, whatever–who is a constant, acrimonious critic of every work of art they see. Latest Disney film? Hate it. Latest pop song? It’s the … Continue reading

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On Being a SFWA Member With Ovaries

  Honestly I never cared about this cover. At least not in the negative sense. I’ve been collecting Red Sonja comics for years. And I have also been studying arms and armor since my first visit to the Philadelphia Museum … Continue reading

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New Commentary for the New Year

Some new commentary for the new year. SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN COMICS: THE TIPPING POINT – This is posted to the Comics Alliance website and is about sexual harassment in the comics industry and comics culture, rather than gaming culture. But … Continue reading

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Feminism – Fighting For My Brand

  I’m writing this little screed because I’ve been hearing from younger women and girls, with increasing frequency, that they do not want to “identify as feminists”.  The major point I am making here, and which I will continue to … Continue reading

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Constructing a Profile

Have you seen these two faces before? If not, don’t feel bad. I suspect that the Powers That Be didn’t really want you to see them. I missed this story when it came out earlier in the summer of 2013. … Continue reading

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Nine Things You Don’t Know about Me

One of my friends from Knoxville, the ever-fabulous and glorious Latisha Krymsin Frost Raulston, tagged me in a social media game recently, and challenged me to come up with nine things that a lot of people probably don’t know about … Continue reading

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End Game

The movie adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s novel Ender’s Game is coming out this weekend. No, I won’t be going to see it. The novel is widely regarded as one of the the great science fiction novels of the 20th … Continue reading

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