It’s a bit late to announce here, but I am happy to proclaim that my first SFSignal column is up! It’s been well-received and I have gotten some good comments on it. After chatting and exchanging ideas with people I would like to expand it in the future, especially regarding how expectation and structure of narrative work together in the production of a story. One friend’s comment on the exaggerated Manicheanism within epic fantasy also has me wondering about the moral components of the literature.
I am working on the next column, which is about the rise of the anti-epic and other shifts in the literary terrain like the creation of the “urbanfantasy/paranormal romance” black hole). I feel very inspired by the move to a larger venue and I am working harder on the columns than I did before. Also, Ekaterina Sedia recently posted a strong analysis of the problem of exoticizing language in fantastika that has me thinking about language and expectations in fantastic literature. So much to think and write about! I just need to watch my time and not lose out on fiction writing.