Lucifer and Writing the Inhuman

My TV viewing criteria is some combination of:

Historical, But Not With Actual People as Main Characters, Because Their Lives Tend to be Tragic and Squalid

Crime But Like Serial Killers, Financial Stuff is Boring

Comedy: Witty, Not Cringe, Nothing With Adam Sandler Ever, No Idiotic Gender Stereotypes

Hot Men With Accents

Magic And Stuff, Or Ghosts, Ghosts Are Fine Too

So I’ve really enjoyed the first five or so episodes of Lucifer, the show very loosely based on the Gaiman comics interpretation: dude abandons Hell and comes to LA* to run a nightclub, bringing with him bodyguard slash FWB Mazikeen and a whole lot of Daddy Issues. First, the general points:

1. The above? Yeah, that’s all it has in common with the comics run so far. Having never given a damn about fidelity (ask anyone I knew in college–I’ll be here all night, tip your waitress) I continue to give an unsurprising lack of damn, but maybe don’t go in expecting that.
2. This show got *all* the music rights, apparently. And given the number of songs that mention the Devil, Hell, or general wickedness, the soundtrack’s going to be great for approximately ever.
3. So Lucifer fights crime with a no-nonsense LA detective, because of course he does. For my money, said detective is a little too no-nonsense–I realize she has to be for Odd Couple style dynamics to work, but I personally would give significant body parts to see Lucifer paired up with the female version of Lenny Briscoe–but given the provocation, I can understand it.
4.  Lucifer in Therapy: kind of the best.

With that last point, I kind of work around to the best part of the show for me, as someone who both reads and writes nonhuman characters: Lucifer’s interactions with the human world. He’s seen pretty much everything, literally, but he still enjoys himself; he enjoys himself *more* when he thinks he might be mortal; and the things he takes seriously are not the things we do, and vice-versa.

Like there was a moment in tonight’s episode–the one with the shipping container, for those who are watching–where Lucifer was being snarky about a dead body, Chloe called him on it, and he responded that he didn’t get why rotting meat was a big deal. That’s absolutely the reaction you’d get from a guy who knows for sure that the actual person’s somewhere else, and who’s spent the entirety of existence, literally, seeing it happen.

My attachment to the particular religious tropes is not vast, but the show is so far doing a great job of showing someone powerful and alien enough to be scary, while still enthusiastic and well-spoken enough to be charming. It also doesn’t hurt that he’s played by Tom Ellis.

And is shirtless a lot.

Yes, I’d probably be watching anyhow, just for that. But the rest is a nice bonus.

Coming Soon: Dragon Age and Non-Party Romance, The Good Life and “Soul Mates,” plus whatever else comes to mind.

  • I would make a joke here, but I feel like I and the writing staff of Angel used them all up back in ’00.
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Been A While, Huh?

Some stuff has happened!

I’ve finished drafts of a new trilogy in the Highland Dragons series. It’s going to be set in the Middle Ages, when there was way more cover for people turning into dragons and also stabbing each other a lot. Parts of it may be based on medieval alchemy. Other parts may be based on Silent Hill. Not the parts with sex in them, I promise.

My novella from Gambled Away, Raising the Stakes, is available for purchase on its own, here. I am not in any way a cover designer, so have a blue cover with pink swirly things on it! Inside, there’s a chick in the 1930s winning the services of an elf in a poker game, a con job on a corrupt preacher, and a diner scene, because what is even the point of writing 20th century historical fiction unless people end up in at least one diner?

I continue working on my eighties novel. I’ve realized that, plot-and-structure-wise, it’s kind of Lord of the Rings With Trans Ams, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, because I’m me.

Look for future posts this week! Coming soon: my takes on Dragon Age: Inquisition, Lucifer, and The Last Kingdom.

Yes, I’m talking about any media with eye candy at this point. Not made of stone here. 🙂


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In which I break from writing romance briefly to republish Hickey of the Beast, my YA fantasy:

I grew up as a faculty brat at a number of boarding schools, then went to one myself, and ten years later was like “but what if also weird magic stuff?”

There’s a fair amount of cursing. I guarantee you it’s not as much as most actual high-school students do–highlights of my tenth-grade common room included composing an obscene version of a pep rally cheer, based largely on the phonetic similarities between “Andover” and “Bend Over”–but fair warning. 🙂

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Happy Holidays!

I’m here in rural-est PA with family, computer, pastries, and a large stack of library books. Writing is happening; so are excessive dinners. It’s great!

Also great: Gambled Away, the historical romance anthology of stories where someone gets won as gambling stakes. A bunch of awesome authors let me ramble about elves and con artists in the 1930s, which was a lot of fun.

GA comes down as an anthology on NYE. (I’ll be offering my novella, “Raising the Stakes”, on Amazon after that–but since Amazon requires me to actually print out forms and go to the post office like it’s 1953 or something, that might take a while.) (I have to find an *envelope*. The hell?) (No, I would never survive in the wild.) Meanwhile, you can get the whole book for 99 cents over on Amazon:

PW says great things about Gambled Away (and lends strength to my Social Justice Bard identity) here,
Wendy the Super Librarian put us on her list of Top 6 Unusual Historical Romances over at Heroes and Heartbreakers:
And in the “news outlets I grew up with” vein, NPR’s mentioned us on Twitter!

We’ll be having a FB party here,, on 12/29, at 8 Eastern/5 Pacific. Join us for chatting about GA and other subjects, and enjoy the rest of December!


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Distractions, Free and Cheap

So…that happened.

Not going to discuss it at length on author blog: most people who’ve read my novels have a pretty decent idea of what my views are, I’d imagine.

If you want to think about something else for a bit, and most of us could use a break–even activists have bus trips to read on–Gambled Away is on sale for 99 cents.(

I also plan to make my YA novel, Hickey of the Beast, available free as soon as I can figure out how to do that on Amazon, from now through roughly the next year. Meanwhile, if you’d like a non-Amazon copy, email me and I’ll send you the files.

This is indeed a sales pitch, but also: whatever you’re doing, take some time for yourself. Nothing’s going to happen all at once, and pacing ourselves is important. Pet a dog, hang out with a loved one, put your feet up and get some baked goods and read a good book. If it’s one of mine, so much the better, but mostly–take care of yourselves, people.

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Release Day!

Gambled Away is now out!

I’m over on Literary Escapism today, discussing crossover genres and snowcones.





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More Wordswag

This one from my story, “Raising the Stakes.”



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