In my previous column on “Monsters” I discussed the genetic basis for the Cyclops and the Werewolf. Then, in “More Monsters,” I discussed the homeotic genes that act as master regulators of organ identity. But really those genes are so last century. They all code for proteins, and it is the proteins that do the…… Continue reading Spec Tech: Evolution, Devolution, microRNAs, and You
Writers, start your engines: the 2011 Clarion Write-a-Thon is now accepting participants. Our goal this year is to reach 80 participating writers, so please sign up at the official Write-a-Thon site. It’s free, anyone can do it, and it helps spread the word about Clarion. Not to put too fine a point on it, but…… Continue reading Write-a-Thon Time!
Making a statement through your characters Do you express your values through your characters? Author Justine Graykin gives us her take on the question, below, as this week’s guest writer. Please share your thoughts about the question, with or without examples from your writing. (lynda) by Justine Graykin The protagonist reflects, the antagonist rants. The…… Continue reading Writer’s Craft #16 – Making a Statement
Place this scene fragment in context: The last call for boarding came, and Gia picked up her bags. Her guardian followed close behind her as she joined the queue. She dared one last look over her shoulder, knowing that when she returned, she would no longer recognize the place. There are only two rules for…… Continue reading Clarion Call #15: Boarding Call
I have just noticed that there are different patterns to the diagnostic questions psychiatrists ask when they are trying to figure out whether someone is crazy. Some of these questions are about fearful fantasies, of the sort we call paranoia. They ask whether someone has been spying on you, following you, or in general making…… Continue reading Spec Tech: Thought as Stuff