"I must be idle."

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When the website moved (July 2019) posts and comments of the previous 10 years could not be imported. However, a small selection of posts from that decade have been copied over.

If you like my stuff, read, comment, subscribe to the blog. You'll find blog posts on a variety of subjects, but since I'm an author it's perhaps not too surprising that there's a fair number of posts about writing, books, and authors. No book reviews, though: they're on my Patreon, along with other bookish posts and more behind-the-scenes posts about my books and characters, as well as large amounts of fiction every month. 

​Trash and trains: thoughts on metaphor

Recently my social network feeds were filled with posts about the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). One metaphor in particular struck me, partly because so many people were using the same language: “a dumpster fire”. That got me thinking about metaphors for “a disaster”. I’d heard “dumpster fire” before, but it seems to me that it’s a recent addition to the vernacular; I’m not sure I’d heard it prior to entering the 21st century. A common phr

What do you mean “zombie”?

I've been thinking about zombies this morning. I’m not into the whole zombie thing, but I realized this morning I should’ve been paying closer attention because the meaning of the word zombie, even used metaphorically, has changed. I really enjoyed the episode of Castle last night and one of the things I liked was that the writers used the “classic zombie” concept. Talking about it this morning I realized that even “classic zombie” doesn’t mean what it used to.  When I said “