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

In Which I Announce A Winner and Discuss Winning Villains

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In Which I Announce A Winner and Discuss Winning Villains

As promised and foretold, I will now reveal the dark lords quoted in my most recent epic fantasy. Later in the book, I give due tribute to the most memorable villains who all in their own wicked ways made possible my favorite stories. Following this, I’ll announce the nefarious schemer who managed to guess more … Read more

Asexuality in Epic Fantasy

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Asexuality in Epic Fantasy

In epic fantasy, the author has the opportunity to create a large and diverse cast of characters. It was more likely to be large and uniform when I was growing up, but I like to think the realms of imagination are expanding to include people of all identities. One orientation that I am dragon-flight excited … Read more

Dark Lord Quote Contest

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Dark Lord Quote Contest

“I can resist everything but temptation.” — Oscar Wilde I admit to have sinned, in an authorial sense. A story should avoid anything that draws a reader out of the narrative. Each word should immerse. Nothing should remind that this is but a book full of ink symbols, rather than a dazzling mind adventure. Fantasy … Read more

I’ll whisper through your earbuds

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I’ll whisper through your earbuds

Update: I have now spoken on multiple podcasts about Magic cards. My voice is ghosting its way through the ether, and here’s where you can catch it. Most recently, I talked about bringing minor characters alive and how to give major characters depth on Flavor Fail, a story podcast for Magic cards. On MTG Pro … 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

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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

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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

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