Playing to Your Strengths: On Bigotry and Storytelling

A lot of authors have been taking a stance against bigotry among authors, especially against misogyny. Chuck Wendig is the only one I can think of right now, but I’m sure there are others. More power to them! And yet, I have to wonder, out of honest curiosity (here I’m responding to item 19 in Wendig’sContinue reading “Playing to Your Strengths: On Bigotry and Storytelling”

Mini-Rant: Manners Before Sensitivity

I recently noticed something about sensitivity training and political correctness. While the intent behind them is noble and good, they give us more of an excuse than ever to let our own lives be influenced by the opinions of others. What does sensitivity training set out to do that good manners haven’t been telling usContinue reading “Mini-Rant: Manners Before Sensitivity”

Was J.R.R. Tolkien A Racist?

…Or “The Coincidental Christmas.” Coincidental, since I was working on another blog post, detailing the races of my own fantasy world, when this little chestnut slithered back into the light: “Was J.R.R. Tolkien a racist?” Um…no. No, he decidedly was not. In fact, he wrote an eloquent letter to the Nazi party calling the raceContinue reading “Was J.R.R. Tolkien A Racist?”