influences

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Finished watching Stranger Things. Loved it, but I’m pretty much the ideal audience. It’s not for everyone, but like True Detective Season 1, it rises above and entertains better than most. But hey, some people are sticklers and parse everything out, looking for every possible fault before deciding from on high whether something is good

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For a brief minute in my ADHD-rattled, socially-awkward childhood, things actually seemed to come together. Sixth grade for me was a last great height of childhood innocence and fun before the truly disapproving and unhappy adolescence (heralded by arriving at middle school) sucked the wind of out my sails, and one of the main components

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In reading Jeff Vandermeer’s “Booklife,” (which is by far one of my favorite writing books and I shall write up a review when I finish it) he talks about identifying the non-writing influences on your writing. The goal is to find those people/artists that indirectly affect your writing by seeking out indirect methods of influence.

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Just about one year ago, my favorite author Iain Banks died of cancer. Before he died, a site was setup to let people post messages to him, which he tried to read before his time ran out. His cancer and subsequent death came very quickly and I don’t think I ever took the time to

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Nine years ago I sent out a chance email for a shot to interview one of my favorite authors, Max Barry. Just that the guy would take time out to answer an email from a fan like this is amazing. Clearly he’s awesome. Read: Update October 2004 Pie Driver interviews Max Barry When you were