• Review

    Review – The Lucifer Effect

    The Lucifer Effect by Philip Zimbardo was a real eye-opener of a read. I’ve always been a huge proponent of ‘individuals are responsible for their actions’ and though this book hasn’t changed that core belief it has expanded my understanding of how groups (whether they be businesses, governments, or cultures) can push people to act in ways they would never dream possible. A large section of this work details the Stanford Prison Experiment (college kids split into two groups in a college experiment — one group was prisoners, the other guards… the results? Frightening). It goes on to compare and contrast that experience with the abuses in U.S. military prisons.…

  • Writing Resources

    Magazine Subscriptions

    Most readers probably know that I subscribe to Black Gate and On Spec fairly regularly but there are other magazines I have subscriptions for (or have had subscriptions for). I allocate a budget for magazine subscriptions and every year I choose *different* magazines to subscribe in. Even if I find a magazine I like, I try to spread the ‘subscription money’ around each year, to sample the largest number of magazines that I can. I do this primarily to get a feel for what kinds of fiction the different magazines publish but also to get exposure to other writers that I might not have if I stuck to the same…