LJ McDowall

Messing About With Words

Sijo for a Gentleman

About this poem: Sijo poetry is an ancient form of Korean poetry favoured by the Korean Kiseng poets of the Cheoseon Dynasty.  Kiseng were the counterparts to the Japanese Geisha, … Continue reading

June 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

things I’m tired of seeing in lit mag submissions

Originally posted on freeze frame fiction:
Guest post by Bartleby Snopes Literary Magazine managing editor Nathaniel Tower An editor of a literary magazine has to put up with a fair amount. Among the struggles…

April 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

It Takes More than Abs

Originally posted on Texanation:
How come the most popular literature is romance, and the bulk of romance covers feature a half-nekkid cowboy?  (And what’s up with these guys?  You know…

April 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Is Fan Fiction Lazy Writing?

Last week novelist Cait Miller outed me on Twitter as someone she used to write FanFiction with at the age of 18. The internet was in its infancy back then, … Continue reading

March 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

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