Like that one guy said: Good writers borrow, great writers steal. Welcome to the place where all things have been lifted, looted, and otherwise pilfered…Remember, possession is 9/10s of the law.
“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.… Continue Reading “Myth, History, and Belief Systems”
Hello Atwood fans. For those of you interested, The New Yorker has published a new short story by Margaret Atwood: “Stone Mattress.” If you dig stories with dark women…this one’s for you. Let us know what you think!
Today I’m going to follow up on my earlier post about The Year of the Flood. I had talked about Atwood’s world building, which is immersive and draws me right in. She doesn’t info dump, but rather, she gives little glimpses to draw you… Continue Reading “World Building vs. Character 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.… Continue Reading “World Building”
Part mentor post, part Origins Blogfest (this one’s a big ‘un…and how’s that? From no blogfests to two in three days!). In Other Worlds: Science Fiction and the Human Imagination, Atwood has a series of essays about how she came to write science fiction –… Continue Reading “Margaret Atwood and Origins”
Okay, here’s a great little interview from Big Think, asking Margaret Atwood all those questions that we writers love to ask other writers…especially those more successful or smarter than us. Something interesting that struck me in her methodology was the ‘rolling barrage’ – because… Continue Reading “Margaret Atwood on Her Creative Process”
“What I mean by ‘science fiction’ is those books that descend from H.G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds, which treats of an invasion by tentacled, blood-sucking Martians shot to Earth in metal canisters…’speculative fiction’ means plots that descend from Jules Verne’s books about… Continue Reading “You Say To-may-to, I Say To-mah-to: Define Your Terms”
Good Bones and Simple Murders by Margaret Atwood My rating: 5 of 5 stars I read the first story of this book, “Murder in the Dark,” and when I was finished I turned to my husband, shoved the book in his hand, told him… Continue Reading “Thursday Reviews!: Good Bones and Simple Murders by Margaret Atwood”