You Do Wurds Good? Legendary Editor agrees to work with me. (Yay. Oh, Crap.)

Snoopy 8

So, today, my Wonder Woman agent, Italia Gandolfo, sent me this text:Betsy Mitchell is going to be your editor at Open Road.I stared at the text for a moment in utter disbelief. Then I texted back with a link to Betsy's bioYou mean, THIS Betsy Mitchell? Wonder Woman Agent texts backThat's her.(Madcap mayhem ensues as I alternate between exultation and absolute panic.)For those of you wondering why I would panic, Betsy has edited some pretty legendary people.Like wh … [Read more...]

The Most Underappreciated Work of Fantasy Ever – THE SILMARILLION – Part 2 of 4

Ungoliant and Melkor

So, in Part 1, I unapologetically lavished praise on J. R. R. Tolkien's masterpiece---a masterpiece among masterpieces, yea a towering feat of literary and fantasy profundity: The Silmarillion.A few of you chuckled compassionately.  A few of you nodded gravely.  A few of you rolled your eyes.  To all of you I say: read it again!And now, as promised, I shall tantalize Lord of the Rings fans with a "Did You Know?" apéritif that should get you to order up the main course at your fav … [Read more...]

The Most Underappreciated Work of Fantasy Ever – THE SILMARILLION – Part 1 of 4

Illustration by Kip Rasmussen

Part one of four? I expect to keep the reader's attention for four parts? Am I crazy? I probably am. But that has nothing to do with the fact that any self-respecting fantasy fan or "geek" of any kind would do very well to examine this study of one of the great pillars of geekdom...Circa 2004—I inched my way through another dreary commute. Heart yearning for something, anything to distract me from the inescapable life-sucking vortex, I fumbled around on the passenger seat for an a … [Read more...]


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