The Importance of the Impossible
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Beautiful Word Cloud of the Fantasy Genre

First, think of your favorite fantasy book or series. Now, pick a single word that describes what made you love that story. Have the word yet? If so, skip down to the comments and enter it. Do not let the words of others influence you. In Worldcon in Reno, I pounced on many an unsuspecting … Read more

Why We Love Fantasy

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” –Dr. Seuss “You need to believe in things that aren’t true. How else can they become?” –Sir Terry Pratchett “Fantasy is silver and scarlet, indigo and azure, obsidian veined with gold and lapis lazuli….” –George RR Martin “Fantasy is … Read more

I’ll whisper through your earbuds

Last evening I recorded a podcast with Erin Campbell. She interviews members of the Magic-card community. I’ve enjoyed playing Magic cards for over twenty years, in part because of the powerful words on the cards: Stifle, Smother, Snuff-Out, Scald, Slaughter, and Scour, to name a bare few. The game even has Annihilate and Implode. What … Read more

Before I begin writing a story, I always ask my sagacious and superb readers for insight. In the past you’ve helped me choose which story premise is the strongest. You’ve even suggested various mythical foods I could include in my upcoming novel, Magic Banquet. Thank you! They turned out deliciously. This time I’ll be stockpiling … Read more

My Secret Novel Journal : Week Four

Welcome back, my intrepid word adventurers. Over The last few weeks I’ve been editing my unruly middle-grade novel and hobnobbing at a local con, but now I can say I’ve completed the fourth week of smithing on this novel. I’ve banged together a workable outline, one I’ll continue to improve as I progress into the … Read more

My Secret Novel Journal : Week Three

This week I bounced between the distractions of setting up novel promotions and editing a middle-grade fantasy. I resolved a few sticking points for my current manuscript, but instead of talking about those I want to squee over character creation. Whether it’s rolling a character in Dungeons & Dragons, or even naming a character for … Read more

My Secret Novel Journal : Week Two

After a week of outlining, I’m not satisfied. That’s a good place to be. I started collecting fun ideas for my story, amazing adventures for the setting, and challenges the protagonist could face. This locale I’ve used before, so I’m updating rather than inventing. When I indulge in cartography I use a Map Editor tool … Read more

My Secret Novel Journal : Week One

I love designing stories. The craft of writing a novel delights me with its challenges. This journal will chart the Odyssey of growing an idea into a book. All stories start with a concept, something that tickles your imagination. A friend on Twitter asked me, “What manner of eldritch rituals do you use to summon … Read more

Audiobook Adventure

Good Times to Listen to An Audiobook: On your commute While folding laundry Preparing meals Eating meals In the bathroom Exercising Less-Good Times to be Listening: Left turns During conversations Jogging across busy intersections Sleeping (though my brother debates this point; his preferred lullaby is the Lord of the Rings) While kissing I’m leap-over-pyramids happy … Read more

Prelude to Brood of Bones

The current beginning to Brood of Bones is in media res, which I prefer. That said, the original start to Hiresha’s tale is something of a short story unto itself and gives insight into a girl cursed with endless sleep. I cut the prelude in an early draft, when the novel was still titled GRAVID. … Read more

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