Relatively Grim

Everything is relative.  Humans do not measure in terms of absolutes.  Instead, we measure by comparison.  Probably my favorite example of this is found in the wonderful book Predictably Irrational by Daniel Ariely.  People were asked the following question:

You go to a store to buy a suit for $300.  When you arrive at the store, you discover the suit is actually priced $312 dollars.  Do you buy it here, or go to the store inconveniently across town that has it cheaper?

Most people buy the more expensive suit.  Then comes the next question:

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Action Force Mailbag: Plot vs Everything Else

Been a while since we’ve dipped into the ol’ A. Lee Martinez Action Force mailbag.  I don’t actually get much fanmail.  You can reach me on Twitter (@aleemartinez), Facebook (A. Lee Martinez), or even via e-mail (  Drop a line, if you have a few minutes to kill.  Or don’t.  We’ve all got lives to live.

Today’s letter comes from Tibor Kovac:

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The Neutral List

It is surprisingly difficult to be neutral on anything.

I loved Frozen.  So did a lot of other people.  As far as I can tell, not many people hated the movie with the exception of a few nutjobs who decided it had some secret homosexual and / or witchcraft agenda, but those people hardly count.  Some people, however, were not as impressed by it, and there’s almost a defensive nature to their response.

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The Grimdark Games

I read an article recently discussing things fantasy and science fiction could really use more of.  At the top of that list was “A sense of fun.”

Yeah, you could definitely say that’s missing.

In my most recent interview (check out #sffwrtcht on Twitter if you’re interested in giving it a glance) I mentioned that my strongest writing influences are Walt Simonson’s epic run on Marvel Comic’s Thor series, Duck Tales, and Darkwing Duck.  You could also throw in monster movies, and, though I only discovered them after I’d been writing for a while, the pulp adventure stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs.  I’m no longer self-conscious about admitting that because those are worthy influences, and they’ve made me a better writer.

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