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Raena’s Foremothers: Private Vasquez

I saw Aliens in the theater the summer it came out.  My friend Mart came up and whisked me away from Clarion, the live-in writing program where I was studying that summer, to see it.  It’s fair to say the … Continue reading

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Raena’s Foremothers: Jeri Cale

When I first started thinking about the Raena stories, I’d just seen Star Wars.  The only main female character was a princess. She was a kickass gun-waving princess who withstood torture, but she wasn’t the hero of the story. Her … Continue reading

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Raena’s Foremothers: Aeon Flux

One of my prime inspirations for Raena Zacari was Aeon Flux.  Not the Charlize Theron version, which didn’t invest Aeon with quite enough chaos, but isn’t on retrospect as disappointing as I first thought. I can tell you when exactly … Continue reading

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In Praise of Party Girls

Where did the character of Lorelei come from?  She was inspired by a woman I met at university.  Kimmy lived across the hall from me in East Quad.  She was beautiful: large very dark eyes made bigger by mascara, long mahogany … Continue reading

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In Defense of Dialog Tags

The English language has an amazing array of synonyms for “say.”  Characters can tease or shout, whisper or boast, promise or argue.  “Ask” has nearly as many shades of meaning, from begging to negotiating, demanding to inquiring. I love the … Continue reading

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