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The Value of First Hand Experience

The Value of First Hand Experience

The interesting, and difficult, thing about being a writer is that you must usually write about things that are outside your experience. The wonderful thing about being a writer is that your writing is enriched by your experience. Being a fantasy writer, this begs the...

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The Origins of Fairies

The Origins of Fairies

Continuing with my series on the origins of stuff, here's one that's actually quite close to my heritage - fairies, or the Fae, or changlings. Fairies were a kind of catch-all reference for otherworldly spirit beings, typically connected to pre-Christian pagan myths...

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The Rules of Excellent Exposition: A Guide

The Rules of Excellent Exposition: A Guide

After another productive conversation with one of my most esteemed friends, I got to thinking about exposition. Funnily enough, I believe I have quite a bit to say about exposition, mostly in the context of novel-writing. Brace yourself, because this is going to be a...

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The Art of Criticism

The Art of Criticism

After a conversation with another esteemed writer friend, I got to thinking about criticism, and how we as authors should parse it when it's given. It's a funny thing, really. Most of us are terrified of it because it can strike so deeply, but it's absolutely required...

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The White Saviour Narrative

The White Saviour Narrative

So you've got this native people, okay, and they are "more in tune with nature" and therefore have no indoor toilets or shoes, and they have Issues, man. Issues that are usually insurmountable for them (because they don't have access to modern plumbing, of course) but...

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A Letter to White Authors on the Subject of Racism

A Letter to White Authors on the Subject of Racism

Dr. Martin Luther King There is racism in books. There is a big problem with racism and representation in books, especially books from the traditional publishing houses and - I don't even fucking know anymore. I've seen some stuff on Twitter that's making me want to...

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Happy New Year…

Happy New Year…

new-year-goals I wish I could say I came out of 2016 unscathed. But I didn't. I wish I could say I wrote as much as I wanted to. But I didn't.I wish I could say I trained in swordplay as much as I wanted to. But I didn't.So, now we have a new year. 2017. Perhaps it'll...

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I did not finish Nanowrimo

I did not finish Nanowrimo

It's December, and I did not finish Nanowrimo. This was mostly due to me being knocked on my ass by a sinus infection two weeks ago. I got more sick than I've been in a very long time, even to the point of being out of work for most of last week. I'm still...

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It’s the little things…

It’s the little things…

I have to tell you about my day. Normally I don't bother with this kind of personal... diary? Memoir? I don't know. But I must tell you anyway.It's Halloween, and that means dozens of little kids out with costumes, getting enough candy to make themselves horribly sick...

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Better Bindings

Better Bindings

I've done much better with the latest bindings. I've got a copy of The Nameless Knight, and two copies of The Meldling that I'm quite happy with! So it's time for mailing list giveaways once more. As always, the winners are chosen randomly from my list, and I'll give...

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Failed Bindings

Failed Bindings

Well, it happened. I had such great ideas, and it was all for naught. I promised I'd do a giveaway of this nice leather-bound gray copy of The Meldling. An excellent idea, I thought! And then I had a stroke of the most amazing luck - I acquired a piece of very...

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The Origins of Vampires

The Origins of Vampires

Now's another time for looking at the origins of the modern fantasy genre, and today we're looking at vampires - those pasty-faced, hemoglobin-loving agoraphobics who've become the basis of several multi-million dollar franchises.The Name of the CountThe word,...

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