Would the Real Queen Elizabeth Please Stand Up

Originally posted on Benjamin Wild:
Queen Elizabeth I (r.1558-1603) carefully controlled her image and the depictions of it. Many of the portraits that immortalise England’s Good Queen Bess, from Nicholas Hilliard’s ‘Pelican Portrait’ of c.1574 to the ‘Rainbow Portrait’ of c.1602, attributed to Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, depict the ruler with an almost androgynous, whitened…

The Aging Hero: a Thorough Defense of The Last Jedi

I mentioned in my Series of Thoughts on the Last Jedi the whole “Messiah Can Only Save You Once” aspect of the Hero. Robin Rowland does a more systematic Defense: connecting the tragic tales of King Arthur, Odysseus, Theseus, and others. In a nutshell, when the hero ages, the time of his glories pass, and … More The Aging Hero: a Thorough Defense of The Last Jedi

Five Things I Learned in the Age of the Typewriter

This is essentially my philosophy. And I too got started on a typewriter… Kobo Writing Life by Barbara G. Tarn Next year I’ll celebrate 40 years of stories. I stopped counting before the indie revolution and I was already over 500 titles, with less than 10 unfinished. Before you ask: yes, they suck. No, I … More Five Things I Learned in the Age of the Typewriter