Jay Lake has a great post on details in fiction , very worth checking out. Details are important. They can make a world feel real, give a character depth, add emotion to a narrative, and accomplish a hundred other tasks. What's your favorite detail, either in your own fiction, or in someone else's?
WASHINGTON — President Obama branded Wall Street bankers “shameful” on Thursday for giving themselves nearly $20 billion in bonuses as the economy was deteriorating and the government was spending billions to bail out some of the nation’s most prominent financial institutions. Looks to me like he's moving fast and pretty effectively, given the massive drag of governmental bureaucracy on the wheels of action. He's also: formally banned torture and set the wheels in motion for closing Guantanamo struck down a rule that prohibited U.S. money from funding international family-planning clinics that provide counseling or referrals about abortion services started working on the Middle East peace process In Fantasy Magazine news, congrats to Elena Gleason, whose story Erased was the readers' favorite for 2008 in Fantasy Magazine. Other top favorites were Peter M. Ball's On the Finding of Photographs of My Former Loves , Micheal Greenhut's Watermark , and Mari Ness's The Shadow in the Mirror .