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Writing Magic Cards: Rivals of Ixalan

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Writing Magic Cards: Rivals of Ixalan

As you push aside the last fern, the jungle opens to gleaming fantasy. The lost city of Orzaca glitters as golden as your dreams, but who is that? Your rival is slipping through the gates, already ahead of you, and you must hurry or loose your treasure forever. Flavor text: For the following cards I … Read more

Writing Magic Cards: Hour of Devastation

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Writing Magic Cards: Hour of Devastation

The best part of making a sand castle is when the waves wash in and you get to watch it’s destruction. That’s how excited I am to share my writing with you in Hour of Devastation. For the cards below I penned the name and wrote the flavor text in italics. I’m as delighted as … Read more

Writing Magic Cards: Amonkhet

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Writing Magic Cards: Amonkhet

I am skating-down-pyramids excited to announce that I wrote creative text for Amonkhet. For the cards below I penned the name and wrote the flavor text in italics. For the following cards, I etched hieroglyphs in 2016 that were transcribed a year later by Wizards of the Coast into flavor text. And I wrote the … 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

Gravity’s Revenge: First Chapters and Illustrations

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Gravity’s Revenge: First Chapters and Illustrations

Right-click on link and Save Link As to ensnare a PDF for later, covetous reading: GRAVITY’S REVENGE, preview I’m as happy a djinn freed from his bottle to include multiple internal illustrations in this first act of my upcoming novel. I hope to garnish this section with three to four more internal illustrations, pending the … Read more

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