Category: Writing
A Few Hours in a Far-Off Age, and Other Books
Sometimes, you read a book and it leaves you with a giant list of other books you have to tackle. Recently, for NPR, I’ve reviewed a string of great books. The Story of Hong Gildong (in a welcome translation), The Other Slavery (a grueling account of enslavement beyond Africa, in particular Native Americans – avoid the comments), Possession (half a dissertation on art collection as political identity, half tattling on Popes, all amazing). The one that gave me the longest reading list was Blockbuster! It’s a literary biography about the… Read more »
Penny Dreadful, and a Blade of Grass
Penny Dreadful, that glorious bastion of subtext-made-text, ended this past weekend, bringing a three-season fascination with Vanessa Ives to a close. The series finale was…a disappointment. I wrote about the problems with this arc in a piece at Salon, so we don’t need to rehash all of it here, but I do want to dig into a few specifics. We’ll start with this picture of The Big Moment, because it gets to the heart of my ambivalence. Is that a stunning, Gothic moment? Hell yes it is, look at that… Read more »
XENA: The Power, The Passion, The Comic
I’ll be honest; I assume most people interested in keeping up with my stuff (you are all awesome) are also on Twitter on Tumblr, and so this is all old news to you. But in case you’re blog-only: I’m writing the Xena: Warrior Princess comic! The covers, by Jenny Frison, are amazing. The interior art, by Ariel Medel, is charming as hell. (My scripts have 800 notes about Xena and Gabrielle giving each other old-married looks, and he’s been a champ about making room for those despite the fact that… Read more »
Nonfiction Catch-up Post: One Wedding and Nine Funerals
There has never been a fictional wedding/funeral ratio more to my tastes, has there? The wedding happened on BATES MOTEL, which I covered for AV Club; you could not have picked a better week for me to drop in on a show than the week two characters with a deeply repressed slow burn have to marry each other for plot reasons and then trip over their feelings for the next forty minutes. Naturally, I talked about tragedy the entire time. One of the great hooks of tragedy is watching people… Read more »
A Belated Nonfiction Catch-up Post
How belated? Well, I hope you’re following me on Twitter if you want news, that’s all I can say for myself; the first thing on this list is from January 5. (I tried to alert everyone to the live-action drinking game that is the Shannara Chronicles.) I’ve been keeping more regular tabs on Reign, which has vacillated wildly between being sort of dreadful and being camp glory, with no real internal logic as to how any given episode reaches either one of those goalposts. (Example: Did it actually kill Francis?… Read more »
2015, In Writing
Honestly, I can’t believe I’m writing this year-end post, because I genuinely don’t know how we got to December already. It’s been a year. This year in fiction: NOVEL: PERSONA, my near-future political thriller. It’s so hard for me to talk about my own work that I tend to just avoid it, particularly with this book, in which the plot actually matters enough that I try not to just spoil it all instantly. (Obviously to some extent that’s true for all books, but I can talk concretely about a lot… Read more »

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2016 Appearances

Emerald City Comicon
April 7-10, 2016
Seattle, WA

Kent State Wonder Woman Symposium
September 23-24, 2016
Cleveland, OH

New York Comic Con
October 5-9, 2016
New York City

World Fantasy Convention
October 28-30
Columbus, OH