It’s Just the Hours He’s Been Keepin’

It’s hard to pen criticism of a TV series which has had only one episode. Yet that is precisely what I will be doing with Prodigal Son. On the surface it seems like a novel idea: a TV series about the son of a serial killer, who is a gifted yet haunted profiler. The problems areContinue reading “It’s Just the Hours He’s Been Keepin’”

In Want of a Husband?

I just finished watching Becoming Jane, and while I was glad to have done so, I found parts of the story hollow. In some parts they teased us with a Pride and Prejudice Darcy/Bennett like budding romance between Jane Austen (Anne Hatheway) and the dashing Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy). When the characters finally surrender to their affections, theContinue reading “In Want of a Husband?”

Titillation (or Lack Thereof)

I was reading Drew Nellins Smith’s “Let’s Not Get It On: The Indefensible Sex Scene” and found myself making faces at the article. It’s unimaginative, to say the least. The first problem the author has is that they haven’t read. There is plenty of (gasp!) fanfiction which has provocative and wonderful sex scenes. The same isContinue reading “Titillation (or Lack Thereof)”

Impoverishment

I’ve applied for a few Stegner Fellowships in my time, and inevitably found myself looking at the biographies for the current Stegner Fellows. Supposedly the fellowship takes people from all walks of life, with different educational backgrounds. The website for the Stegner Fellowship states that a degree is not a prerequisite for the program. AndContinue reading “Impoverishment”

The Pleasures of Discipline

In my time as a writer, one persistent myth I’ve noticed, which clings to even seasoned writers, is that one should wait for inspiration. One doesn’t need to force words out with something as tedious and dull as discipline. Just let the words come naturally, as if by magic which came from rainbows farted outContinue reading “The Pleasures of Discipline”

Queer, Here (?)

I’ve been getting back into submitting short stories and I am struck by the number of queer* journals and magazines handwaving their, well, queer content with phrases like “we don’t just publish queer content” or “it doesn’t have to be about that”. Okay mate, if you want to wuss out, be my guest. Because that isContinue reading “Queer, Here (?)”

The Sense of a (Queer) Ending

I was digging through some of my old graduate school manuscripts. One of my instructors had commented that the story I’d submitted should have a more ambiguous ending. I have no doubt she was right, but this got me thinking about endings. I couldn’t help but reflect on my current work. Did the ending need moreContinue reading “The Sense of a (Queer) Ending”

Sex and Harlots

I started watching Hulu’s Harlots. I have found it very addictive. We’re only two episodes in and I’m looking forward to next week’s episode already. The basic premise of the series revolves around a feud between two brothels in 18th century London. The series has some strongly crafted compelling female characters, and I like how it’s aContinue reading “Sex and Harlots”

The Only Time a Writer Will Tell You to Watch Some Damn TV

Until recently, every time someone proudly told me they “don’t watch TV” or “don’t watch much TV”, my knee-jerk reaction was to congratulate them. As if to endorse their choice. It makes sense, of course. The notion that TV and film — visual media and narrative — are somehow “less worthy” than written literature, forContinue reading “The Only Time a Writer Will Tell You to Watch Some Damn TV”