The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

The lovely and darkly delicious Anne Michaud has tagged me for a fun blog hop, to talk a little about current WIP. She in her turn was tagged by Linda Bloodworth. So here are The Roolz: Use this format for your post
. Include an introduction to your interview post and a link to the person … Continue reading The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

Misdiagnosis?

“Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.” ― William Gibson If you've never read any of Gibson's books, you're missing out. He's a brilliant writer. “And, for an instant, she stared directly into those soft blue eyes and knew, with … Continue reading Misdiagnosis?

Writing and Gender

Some of you know I chose the pen name "D. D. Syrdal" based on a number of factors, one of which was the idea that using initials instead of a spelled out name would lessen the possibility of being dismissed out of hand as a 'female' writer. Many female writers over the centuries have masked … Continue reading Writing and Gender

Brother, Can You Spare $5?

Just a short post to all my writing readers. Finding  markets for our work used to be very time-intensive, with limited options apart from spending hours at the library finding contact information for magazines (or buying the ones you wanted to submit to, which you still should). There was of course the Writer’s Digest “Writers’ … Continue reading Brother, Can You Spare $5?

How to get the little woman to try sci-fi

Well, I’ll tell ya. I wrote this post at the urging of  a couple of guys who wanted suggestions of books and movies to try to interest their spouses in science fiction. So I thought, ok, it could be that many women have simply not been exposed to it, or are not aware of the … Continue reading How to get the little woman to try sci-fi

More Bad Book Covers

I had thought the previous crop of tramp-stamped dommes in fetish gear wielding swords on book covers  was bad enough. But these two recently caught my eye, and I'm hoping this isn't the next trend. Come on. Who would ever walk around dressed like that, packing that much heat? If you're going to war, I … Continue reading More Bad Book Covers

Why Don’t Women Like Sci-Fi?

All this brouhaha over "John Carter" being a flop and the reasons for it hit a new low this morning. Here I was, minding my own business, reading my Twitter timeline, when I see a retweet saying "Men are from Mars, and Women are Nowhere in Sight." I had a bad feeling but I went … Continue reading Why Don’t Women Like Sci-Fi?

Some Love for John Carter

I was distressed to see so much negativity surrounding the movie John Carter, based on the book A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs, proclaiming it a weekend flop before the weekend was even over. It opened against some stiff competition (Disney’s new version of The Lorax. Give me strength). Now what in god’s … Continue reading Some Love for John Carter

Anne McCaffrey, RIP

I would get this news at the library. Don't want to break down and cry here. I loved her Dragonriders of Pern series, which I read as a teen. I am so sorry that she never saw the planned tv series come to fruition in her lifetime.  An amazing fantasy writer, I think I still … Continue reading Anne McCaffrey, RIP

Happy Birthday to Mary Shelley

Born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, creator of "Frankenstein," wife of Percy Bysshe Shelley, on the anniversary of her birth on August 30, 1797, I thought today would be a good day to mention there are no less than eight new dramatic adaptations of her novel in the works, one is even a television series.  Some sound … Continue reading Happy Birthday to Mary Shelley