Science Fiction & Fantasy Author James S. Aaron

Readings in Science Fiction & Fantasy | Notes in Progress

#365DaysofWriting Check-in 1/2/18

Alarm went off at 5am. Hit snooze for ten minutes. Lay in bed for ten minutes reading the news.

0520 out of bed. Fed animals. Made coffee

0535 exercise

0605 writing: 2079 words done by 0750.



  • Exercise every day
  • 4308 of 250,000 words by 5/5/18


Gin drinkers are more likely to be psychopaths and sadists, according to study –

Of course this is in the Irish Times

A new study from Innsbruck University in Austria has revealed that people who enjoy bitter flavours like gin are more likely to exhibit antisocial personality traits including sadism, narcissism, psychoticism and Machiavellianism.

Christmas gift in place

Today’s book finds

From How Gene Wolfe Starts a Story (and Where to Start Reading His Work) by Matthew Keeley

“It is possible I already had some presentiment of my future.” So opens The Shadow of the Torturer, the first volume of Gene Wolfe’s Book of the New Sun. These first eleven words of a thousand-page cycle accomplish a great deal. Of course they establish a first-person narrator, and establish that he or she is looking back on their life, but they also help set a scene and construct a voice. Those first three words, “It is possible,” are perfectly correct, but they’re a little formal, even stilted. “It’s possible” would be much more colloquial, but would fail to establish Severian’s archaic and deliberative voice. Similarly, the multisyllabic Latinate “presentiment” is both less foreboding than the more familiar “premonition” and more evocative of Urth and its antiquity than “idea” or “sense” would be.

Source: How Gene Wolfe Starts a Story (and Where to Start Reading His Work) |

Sawyer: “It wasn’t me!”


Japanese Citypop/Funk Summer Chill MIX [Reupload]

Just saving this for later.

Miley Cyrus – The Backyard Sessions – “Jolene” 

This is a thousand times better than what I expected when I clicked over from Dolly’s original.