What is a better form of communication: talking or writing? For me, talking is inferior and inefficient compared to . Writing gives you time to pause, reflect, consider, and then express exactly what you feel. Some may say that talking to someone face to face is the only way to…

Throughout my life, I get super-interested in certain topics and go all-in, becoming completely absorbed in the subject for weeks, months, or sometimes years. Eventually, when I’ve learned everything worth knowing, I become bored of the subject and move on to something else, becoming super-interested in that new topic… until…

When you’ve written and read enough, you begin to develop an inherent feel for the rhythm of prose.

I often feel about the overwhelming amount of books I want to read, knowing I won’t live long enough to read them all. …

Most of my toughest problems writing fiction come from hitting a wall midway through the first draft when I realize I must alter the narrative in some dramatic way, requiring of what I’d written so far. This doesn’t always happen, but when it does, it is demoralizing —…

I crave novelty. In music, movies, books, podcasts, articles, and documentaries, I want something completely new that I’ve never experienced before. New . New sounds. New information. New knowledge. Novel everything.

That’s why I generally don’t movies or books or even music that I’ve experienced before. No matter how…

A new form of medium I got into this year was fictionalized audio drama podcasts. I prefer them to fiction because they have a full cast of actors to voice each character in the story. Plus the scripts are written specifically for audio (as opposed to most novels)…

According to stats (which I use to track every book I read), I read 95 books in 2020, which is down slightly from last year (114). Though that includes , which are shorter and quicker to read, plus , and I read less comics, so more full-books…

1. by Neal Stephenson (1992)

I first read this book about ten years ago when I started reading . I repeatedly saw Snow Crash on many “greatest sci-fi books” lists and it was considered the best in the genre (along with William Gibson’s Neuromancer). When…

Finding older movies is surprisingly difficult in the . Netflix has severely cut down on their movie catalogue, focusing on their own original television series, and most other streaming services do the same. Amazon has a decent collection of movies, as does the new HBO Max, and…

T.Z. Barry

Fictioneer of sci-fi, horror, and noir.

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