Category: Writing

Satashi Kon, OPUS, Dark Horse Comics 2015

What is the relationship between creators and their work? Once released into the world, audiences consume the creation and make of it what they will, and the creator loses control. But what about the work itself? Surely, within the boundaries of the piece, the artist’s will holds sway. Right? Right. Or, not right.

Well, this site has obviously been quiet for quite a while. I assure you, it’s not for lack of interest! But just what have I been up to lately, eh? Well, here you go: Wayfarers Jenna Abts and I have been working on a graphic novel! While I’ve been writing the script, she’s been illustrating […]

We are now almost thirty years removed from the date this novelet was published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Nowadays, vampires are commonly imagined as radiant albeit misunderstood beings who, yes, may have dark sides, but who also have huge guilt complexes to balance said dark sides. Today’s most common vampires, with their eternal moodiness, youth, and pathos, have […]

Marion Zimmer Bradley has been an inspiration to me since I was about 12 years old. Her “Sword and Sorceress” series of anthologies, full of stories with strong female leads penned by both new and seasoned writers, challenged me to put my own thoughts into words. (I even wrote and submitted an atrocious short story […]

Walking into the Davidson Gallery at a time when they have arranged an exhibition of Etsuko Ichikawa’s work is not unlike walking into a temple. Don’t mistake me—they are not propagandistic, nor are they overtly religious in any way. What they are is peaceful. Silent. Contemplative. Still. I recently realized that in my memory, Ichikawa’s works are […]

First, a bit of context: for the past three or so years, Derrick Jefferies has lived one floor down and several doors over. The art display outside his door rotated with time, and although the glaring florescent bulbs and forced proximity of hallway viewing do not create the most flattering of exhibition spaces, I’ve always […]

Of course I’m going to be tempted by an exhibition on dreams and travelling; you can’t say they’re not seductive subjects, especially when put together. It’s a good time of year for it, too. Winter is the time for settling in with stories and dreams. Many of these stories involve travel of some kind, moving […]

Luminous paintings of city streets, silent urban gardens, and colorful graffiti walls. The locations depicted by Christopher Martin Hoff are tantalizingly familiar. They have landmarks, but they’re not immediately recognizable. I visited the show with several other Seattleites, and we ended up debating, “Doesn’t that one look like that intersection on Capitol Hill? No, maybe […]