Morning Cuppa – 05/07/13 – D&D! YOG’s Law! Book reviews!

The toothache saga continued last night. Half mad with pain, half drunk on scotch to kill it, I jumped right into watching Twin Peaks. Naturally, there are some things that feel really dated, but overall, it really holds up. David Lynch’s style has been a significant influence on my story telling.

  • Speaking of the fantastical, Peter Bebergal writes on Boing Boing about the late resurgence of old school rules D&D. He asks, is this renaissance, which has persisted for the last several years plus now, just a sort of zealous fundamentalism for a bygone era? Or does it originate from a desire to shed the rules that some argue have bogged down the game and made it feel little more than a video game with treasure dumps? For my part, I keep trying to push my gaming group towards more rules-light gaming with mixed results. They’re younger than I am and mostly grew up with 3.5 as their first gaming experience so I think it feels odd when I try to explain the fewer rules are better concept. 
  • Over on Neil Gaiman’s tumblr, he was asked:

    My most recent experience with the publishing world was with a small publishing house who claimed they liked my work but wouldn’t publish it unless I covered the expenses. I refused to since I couldn’t afford it, and I was surprised (and disappointed) to find out that most publishing houses do the same for new writers. Have you ever encountered this situation? What are your views on the matter?

    His response? YOG’s Law which is, to paraphrase, ‘money flows to the writer’. Not the other way around. I like that.

  • Tobias Buckell writes a thoughtful piece about book bloggers and reviewers and how by being reviewers, they change their experience of reading and are no longer quite the same thing as the less critical reader. The quote that was going around on Twitter yesterday was:

    A novel doesn’t excite readers because you took all the bad stuff out of it, it excites them because of all the good stuff that’s in it, regardless of the bad.

    It’s a good read, and he outlines the reasons that I’ve kept my distance from book reviews thus far.