Month: February 2012

Random Post of Awesome: Braggin’ on a Buddy!: Traci Cizek Sackett in High Contrast Review!

Awww. I held Traci’s babies when they were teeny-tiny – now I (and you, dear blog readers!) get to read her story-babies too. And if you wanna know how much fun this gal is, just check out the title of her piece, just published in High Contrast Review: Maggot Pie There’s such a terrific energy to this piece.…

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Myth, History, and Belief Systems

“Ancient myths precede histories and were once thought to be histories. They were thought to be true accounts of important matters.” ~Margaret Atwood, from “Burning Bushes” in In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination I’m part of a couple reading groups on Goodreads. Unfortunately, I can never seem to keep up with the novels…

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Transition

In honor of the fact that I’ll be spending the day moving, today’s prompt is change. Your character walks into a room. What he/she sees in that room will change their life forever. Go.

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Exaggeration

Whether you call it speculative fiction, science fiction, fantasy, or some other term, one thing all these genres have in common is exaggeration. In Atwood’s fiction, she takes certain traits of people, society, nature… and blows it up beyond real life. You end up with gene splicing run amok, super hippies, and Handmaids. In The…

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World Building

I’m working my way through Atwood’s The Year of the Flood. The interesting thing to look at is how she built her world. On one hand, she explains very little. She tosses the reader right into the midst of rakunks and a post-apocalyptic world. It’s not until much later that she explains about the genetic…

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