LJ McDowall

Messing About With Words

Monthly Archives: February, 2015

Obscenity and Peanuts (Dry Roasted, of course).

Warning, this piece contains off-colour language for the purpose of making a @$£$ing point. The blackguards at Amazon filtered me today, not for a book, but for a review. This … Continue reading

February 28, 2015 · 2 Comments

Mwahahahahahahahaha, the pow-ah!

“Another nature, another universe, one that could only be reached by magic…” C.S. Lewis, The Magician’s Nephew. Today I shall twirl my British Villian moustache and talk about Speculative Fiction. … Continue reading

February 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Should we give a f*ck or not?

Today’s pointless procrastination came in the form of a discussion about the use of the F-bomb in writing. There are some who believe that the use of it detracts, that … Continue reading

February 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

MacDowall: An Elizabethan revenge tragedy recounting the just demise of Jar Jar Binks.

This piece of Elizabethan theatre snark revolves around a particular fantasy of mine. Please send me a request if there’s a favourite scene from a movie you would like to … Continue reading

February 17, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Comely Courtesan

Valentine’s Day is approaching. ‘Tis the season to be completely cynical at this false and commercial festival designed primarily to relieve men of large sums of money in the hope … Continue reading

February 13, 2015 · 1 Comment

Fifty Shades of Snark—Part the First

Everywhere I look this week  I see “inner goddess” sleep masks and other indications that the BDSM Lite™ phenomenon has hit the shelves. Everywhere.   Supermarkets appear to be selling … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Your resident evil overlord

Originally posted on Words That Burn Like Fire:
I’m a writer and an urban fantasist at that. I’m sure I’m on a TSA database somewhere. Anybody who looks up homemade bombs,…

February 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

You know when you’ve been Yoda’d

On the rare occasions I actually manage to write anything significant, on Writing Day, I go to quiet place to write. I have this first draft that took me years. … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · 1 Comment