Conversations With Jane

 
Thursday Tangents The writer Jane Lindskold and I have been having some conversations about all sorts of things that interest us both. Jane has been publishing these conversations on her blog. They are published every Thursday, and we refer to them as Thursday Tangents. The links below will take you straight to these little chats.

We have also published Part One of the conversations as an e-book. Click here to go to the download page.

Part One
   1. Jumping Jumpers    2. The Lore Of Underwear    3. Bathroom, Restroom, Toilet
   4. Ground and Grilled    5. Pie Chart    6. Three Squares
   7. Dialectful    8. Borrowing Trouble    9. Have I Got A Word For You!
 10. Conversing On Art  11. Mysteries Of Measurement  12. Two On Tea
 13. Tea And Yoghurt  14. So Sweet  15. A Fortnight's Holiday
 16. Drawing Of The Dark  17. Risky History  18. Which is Tougher?
 19. Living History  20. What's In A Beer?  21. On CAMRA
 22. Prohibition Reconfigured  23. When Goose Isn't  24. Green Chile And Kumera
 25. Gunpowder Plot  26. Not Just Turkey Day  27. Happy! Happy! Clap! Clap!
 28. Sex and Violence  29. Christmas Is Coming!  30. Almost Here!
 31. Ringing in the Year  32. Explosive Landscape  33. Geothermic Reads
 34. Into The Outback  35. Speak Like An Aussie  36. The Australian Soul
 37. Visiting The Last Continent  38. Legends Of The Last Continent  39. Meat Pies and Cork Hats
 40. Strine And NewZild  41. And The Name Goes On  42. Long And Winding Names
 43. Prosaic Gateways  44. Indigenous Roots  45. Taking Back Your Name
 46. Naming Imaginary Places  47. Mis-Naming Imaginary Places  
Part Two
 48. To Vote Or Not To Vote  49. Who's In Charge?  50. Let's Have A Political Party!
 51. Why Do We Do It That Way?  52. Tolkien Whine  53. The Fantasy Of Monarchy
 54. Genre Governments  55. Speculative Governments  56. Bizarre Education
 57. Class Rings And Yearbooks  58. Getta Letta Sweata  59. Grades That Aren't Marks
 60. Homecoming To What?  61. Fraternities And Sororities  62. Deans And Dons
 63. Toot-toot Tutors  64. Give Me an O! Or an A!  65. Regurgitation Or Creation?
 66. Eternally Banished?  67. Alternate Universes Of Higher Education  68. When You're Sneezy
 69. Deadly Delays  70. Doctor Doctor  71. Who Pays? How Pays?
 72. Twisting Turns Of Titles  73. Duke or/of Earl  74. Barons Without Peer
 75. Lord Byron? Baron Byron? George?  76. Commemorates What, Exactly?  77. Rocking Lords And Authors
 78. Modeling For Peter Jackson  79. When Two Or More  80. It's All Categorical
 81. So, What's SF? What's Fantasy?  82. Indistinguishable?  83. What's Horrible About Horror?
 84. Science Fictional Implications  85. Hard Vs. Soft SF  86. An Opera That Is Not An Opera
 87. War In Space  88. Waving At The New  89. A Long Holiday Without Fear
 90. Will You Be My Valentine?  91. Punking Up Computers  92. Cybernetic Storytelling
 93. Punking Up The Steam  94. Steampunk - The Next Generation  95. When Nick's Not A Name
 96. Silly Names  97. EFPs and Quests  98. The Impact Of The Ballantine Reprints
 99. Sword and Sorcery 100. Riding Into History With Haggard 101. Fantasy Rooted in Mythic Wales
102. Mixing Myth and History 103. Egypt and Other Exotic Cultures 104. The Role of the Reader's Knowledge
105. Roger Zelazny -- Master of Odd Twists 106. Tangenting For Two Years 107. Roger Zelazny - A Look at Some of the Rest
108. The Mean Streets of Urban Fantasy 109. Urban Fantasy: The First Time Around 110. Gambolling With Gaiman
111. London's Shadow Side 112. A Modern Twist To Urban Fantasy 113. Even More Buffy Fic
114. All the News? 115. Humorous SF/F 116. The Humour Boom
117. Very British Humour 118. Humor Surreal 119. Crossing The Humor Barrier
Part Three
120. Inheriting Power -- Or At Least Names 121. The Illusion Of Inherited Power 122. Tromping Through The Henries
123. Henry III -- Never A Dull Moment 124. Henry IV - Part One 125. Henry IV - Part Two
126. Hal into Henry 127. A War By Any Other Name 128. A King Insane, A Maiden's Reign
129. A King by the Bard Maligned 130. Henry VII - Worth Skipping? 131. Henry VIII - Radio Hero
132. Global Fire, Fortunate Beers and (T) More 133. Maligned Anne, Sickening Jane, Enter Another Anne 134. More Lust! More Marriage!  More Music!
135. Boxing Day 136. Tips On Tipping 137. Tipping - The Really Confusing Parts
138. Ahoy! Pirates! 139. Creative Impact 140. Dissolving Monasteries
141. Revolts, Plays, Picnics and Novels Too! 142. The Great Cornflour Mystery 143. Bloody Mary
144. The French Queen Of Scots 145. Mary - Widowed, Remarried and Worse 146. Mary - Imprisoned, Exiled and Executed
147. Coming Out of the Cupboard 148. Talking Trash 149. Squishy Realities
150. Cycling, Again 151. Hidey Holes 152. The Writer from Wisconsin
153. Simak: Looking Behind the Words 154. Simak, Spirituality and Sound 155. Enter Bertie and Jeeves
156. Who's Your Jeeves? 157. Pigs, the Silent P, and Scoundrels 158. A Mysterious Locale
159. How to Wield a Club 160. What's On The Rooftop? 161. Flatlands... Ooops! Flat Roofs!
162. Houses That Flex, Winds That Roar / Whither Weather 163. Hail! Hail! 164. The Mystery of Zea
165. First Contact - Colonial Style 166. Taking Advantage of the Natives 167. Let's Cut Down a Flagstaff!
168. Magic, Miracles and Mayhem 169. Pakeha and Pueblos 170. Reserves vs Reservations
171. Monumental Step 172. Frozen Beer 173. Mind and Body in Motion
174. Thick As? 175. Full Stop, Not Period 176. Baby You Can Drive My Car (Or Maybe Not)
177. Big Car, Little Car 178. Personalized Ride 179. Folk, Folk Music!
180. A Closer Look at the Folk 181. Folk? Rock? 182. Hey, Hey...
183. Folkie into Glam -- David Bowie 184. Rocking Through Fantasy and SF 185. Writers Who Rock (or Folk) or Whatever
186. Christmas Music 187. 2015, Newer For Some Than For Others 188. Filking Away the Hours
189. Things You Can't Live Without 190. Moving With Cats 191. Cats In Strange Places
192. This Land is Whose Land? 193. Cats and Triffids 194. Invasion of the Habitat Snatchers!
195. Welcome, Invaders! 196. World-building Without Mammals 197. Bizarre and Marvelous
198. The Road Squarely Taken 199. Getting On Within The Grid 200. Directionless In The Big City
Part Four
201. Diana Wynne Jones - Quirky and Wise 202. The Mistress of Mixy Magicks 203. School Daze and SF Adventures
204. Inside Out and Backwards 205. In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit 206. Lord of the Hippies
207. The Hippness Factor of Wizards 208. Elegant and Ultra Cool 209. Hi-Ho? Not these Dwarves!
210. The Most Complex Race on Middle Earth 211. Redesigning the Flag 212. Alan Redesigns the New Zealand Flag
213. Contentious Flags 214. The State of Flags 215. Jack McDevitt: Guide to Cosmic Wonder
216. Wondering About Sense of Wonder 217. Arthur C. Clarke - More than "Hard SF" 218. The Golden Age of Wonder
219. Wondering About Interpersonal Space 220. More Wonder! 221. Modern SF - Lacking Sense of Wonder?
222. Artemis Examined 223. Aliens of Our Own Creation 224. BEMs and Other Extraterrestrials
225. Cute But Not Always Sweet 226. Companion Aliens 227. Handling First Contact
228. Our Planet Is Full Of Aliens! 229. Judging On Their Own Terms 230. The Next To Last Continent
231. Slanging New Zealand 232. The Many Facets of Mansfield 233. Mahy's Marvelous Mystifications 
234. Two More M's 235. Mann of the Moment 236. C is for Crumpy
237. Fostering How Others See Us 238. Christmas Eve 239. From the Coal Face
240. Burning Choices 241. Troubled by a Trend 242. Following the Trend
243. The Diversity Trope 244. Looking Beneath the Surface 245. Exploring Wilderness
246. Crossing the Border 247. Into Mystery and Elsewhere  248. Why Cross? 
249. Continuing the Cross(over) Examination 250. E-Book or Paper?  251. The E-Book Elephant 
252. Reader, Reviewer... Writer? 253. Alan Gets Into Someone's Head  254. Classic or Out of Date? 
255. Old Styling in SF 256. Putting On The Style 257. The Good and Bad of Evocative Styles
258. What's Good Humor? 259. Mobile Treats Transformed 260. Brew Me Up Scotty!
261. Food, Glorious Food! 262. Instant Gratification 263. Speeding Into The Future
Part Five
264. Retro or Rockin'? 265. Skiffy Cocktail Culture 266. Cold as Ice
267. Ice is Nice! 268. Eating it Cold 269. One Book or Many?
270. Series on Series (con't) 271. Series con't, con't 272. Series - The Conclusion?
273. Alan Robson - Reviewer 274. Inflammatory Question 275. World Famous in New Zealand
276. Escaping To 277. Eating Out in Space 278. Food Pills and Powders
279. Dealing With the Food Problem 280. Delicious Intersection 281. Alan Thinks About Themes
282. Time for Traveling 283. Time for a Change 284. To Time Travel Or...
285. Live Long and Prosper 286. From Here to Eternity 287. Technological Immortality
288. What to Do With Immortality 289. Stronger? Better? Faster? 290. Extremely Posthuman
291. Powers of the Mind 292. The Psionics Challenge 293. Now You See Me, Now You Don't!
294. Downside, and Downright Funny! 295. Here They Come! 296. When Humans Fight Back
297. Hidden Enemies 298. Truly Speculative SF 299. Science, Fiction, and Spirituality
300. Evolving Spiritual Concepts 301. Back Into the "Real" World 302. Not that Shaggy!
303. The Omens Look Good 304. Spoiler Alert! 305. Surreal, Absurd, Still Seriously Spiritual!
306. From Bokononism to Pastafarianism 307. Chocoholics Anonymous! 308. Food of the Gods
309. Ominous and Amazing 310. Shoemaker to the Stars 311. Rule Breaker
312. Downtrodden, Not Uplifted 313. Is That the Author? 314. A Question of Identity
315. Is He In There? 316. The Debate Heats Up! 317. There's a Word for That
318. A Language of Hope 319. To Conlang Or Not 320. Learning the Conlang
321. Brain Snakes 322. Twisting Together Language and Story 323. Brain Snake Therapy
324. The Rag Week Rag 325. Fiction or Not? 326. The Thin Line Between Fact and Fiction
327. Ah-Choo! 328. Scratch, Scratch 329. Food To Die For
330. One Plus One Makes More? 331. Let's Do It Together! 332. Fred Pohl - Team Player
333. The Sum Of The Parts 334. Blendings

Part Six

335. Men in the Kitchen 336. Hot Stuff 337. Jane Bakes, Roasts and...
338. Favouring Curry