March 13th, 2007


"Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses"

I thought this Mark Twain piece was funny when I first read it almost 30 years ago. It's a lot funnier now, because it includes his rules of writing.

5. The require that when the personages of a tale deal in conversation, the talk shall sound like human talk, and be talk such as human beings would be likely to talk in the given circumstances, and have a discoverable meaning, also a discoverable purpose, and a show of relevancy, and remain in the neighborhood of the subject at hand, and be interesting to the reader, and help out the tale, and stop when the people cannot think of anything more to say. But this requirement has been ignored from the beginning of the "Deerslayer" tale to the end of it.

Weird Tales on the move

As many of you know, Ann VanderMeer is the new editor of Weird Tales. To go with the new direction in the fiction, the magazine is unveiling a sparkly new design as well, just in time for my story "Tom Edison and His Telegraphic Harpoon" to be out in the June, 2007 issue. (That's from the Original Destiny, Manifest Sin continuity, for those playing along at home.)

To celebrate the changes, Weird Tales is offering a six-issue subscription for just $12. The promotion is through April, and can be found on their Web site at If you'd like to read "Tom Edison" in its natural habitat, now's the time to subscribe.

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