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Scramblers and Shadows


Politicians prey on the vulnerable, the disadvantaged and those with an infantile sense of pride in a romanticised national identity which was fabricated by a small to mid-sized advertising agency.

Sep
29th
2017

Cold Light is complete · 9:42pm Sep 29th, 2017

.... and I'm two days late in announcing it, because my life is hectic and not very fimficcy nowadays.

Still, I want to make a note of this. I started Cold Light to see if I could actually write a genuine fantasy novel. Three bloody years, it took, but I did it. I finished it, and it's one of the three stories on here that I'm actually halfway proud of.

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May
2nd
2016

Why I'd rather write something pretentious than something good · 6:49pm May 2nd, 2016

Okay, I'll own up. That's a deliberately confrontational clickbait-y title. I couldn't help myself.

Really this blog is about language. Contrary to the bleating of the Average Internet Intellectual, the meaning of a word is not absolute. We, as a community, can choose how to use words and consequently the meanings we give to them. If we're sensible, we choose in a way that reflects the real world and enables discussion.

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Sep
30th
2015

Five ways to improve Equestria Girls: Friendship Games · 4:37pm Sep 30th, 2015

Friendship Games is a middling sort of installment. Better than Equestria Girls, worse than Rainbow Rocks – but given the latter was so great, and the former so abysmal, that's no real surprise. How did it fare on its own terms? Again, middling: Better than it might've been, but still not quite as good as it could've been.

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Jul
11th
2015

What is the value of fiction? · 12:37pm Jul 11th, 2015

It's characteristic of fiction writers that we tend to be good at bullshitting. Something of a necessary skill, really. And it's characteristic of everyone that we tend to be pretty bad at judging our own importance without some self-aggrandisement.

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Jul
5th
2015

An important anniversary · 2:02pm Jul 5th, 2015

(With any luck, this is about political as you'll ever see me get on here.)

And coming up next: Talking about the value of stories. Or another go at criticising critics. We'll see.

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Jun
30th
2015

A confession & a proposal · 8:24pm Jun 30th, 2015

I've been wanting to jump on the reviewing bandwagon for a while now. Now I'm pretty much out of essays, it strikes me as a good way to have loud opinions about writing and get involved with fimfic bloggery again.

Thing is, I have to confess I don't really read ponyfic anymore. Most of my reading time nowadays is spent with actual published works.

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Jul
25th
2014

Read this. No, really. Do it. · 4:48pm Jul 25th, 2014

I don't know how many of my followers don't follow Bradel. But for those benighted few, I present a a Poe-esque horror -- a kitchen-stove gothic tale -- with some of the most gorgeously threatening prose I've seen on this site:

The Rose, by Bradel

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Jul
23rd
2014

Genre Protectionism: An Infantile Disorder · 6:05pm Jul 23rd, 2014

or, a short ramble-rant that doesn't really riff on Lenin at all

Here's a quick caricature. A tale of human … well, not idiocy, but daftness.

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Apr
29th
2014

A picture from history · 11:25pm Apr 29th, 2014

Apr
12th
2014

I'm back! And: <50 headcanon answers, thanks to Bookplayer · 7:49pm Apr 12th, 2014

No, I've not been very active lately. Had pony burnout (plus general moping) during pretty much all of March. No ponyfic came out of me that time -- though I did write two attempts at a first chapter for a novel and rejected both. I went to a birthday party, got ... fairly ... drunk and spent the night discussing socialism with a lapsed Marxist.

Well, whatever. Now I'm feeling up to writing again. But first, a meme! Thanks, Bookplayer.

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