Worldbuilding: Doing It Wrong

Worldbuilding is one of my favourite aspects of writing fiction. I love playing with the what ifs of history, inventing new civilisations and interesting lands. Normally, I spend months putting everything together even as I write, but with my current work in progress I now realise I cheated. I didn’t …

This Is Not A Cautionary Tale

I have met a few new people, online and off, in the past couple of months, so I thought it would be a good time to revisit the last eight months of my life. Don’t worry, I will sum up. I suppose I can start by pointing out that I’d …

The Place Where Dreams Live

My writing process is very straightforward, if anything about fantasy fiction can be described as such. A novel is born out of a character’s biggest fear or desire, which is usually gleaned from a single concept, image, or question. I usually know what the story’s about and who the character …

The Case of the Strange Fan Fiction

After a day of slaving over act two of Terra Paradox, I decided that I needed to do some more reading. So I took out my Munchkin (what I named my Kindle) and picked The Hound of the Baskervilles back up. Well, that was working out rather well until I …

Deconstructing Stereotypes: A+E 4ever by I. Merey

Recently I was given a copy of YA graphic novel a + e 4ever by Ilike Merey from Lethe Press. I am not a graphic novel reader habitually, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I read it in one sitting, and by the end of it two words came …

Rewriting and the Art of Emotional Manipulation

Some writers love the revision/rewrite process. Some loathe it. Some grow too big for their britches and skip it altogether, then shit all over the Amazon.com comment pages when called out on it. But most will say that rewriting is a necessity. No matter how brilliant your first draft may …

New Year Fantasy Book Roundup!

2011 sucked in so many ways, but for one area: new books to read! After getting a Kindle last Christmas, I began collecting more and more new books to read, since I no longer had to worry about shelf space. Here, in no particular order, are the four books of …

WA Governor for Marriage Equality

Well said.

I believe in vogons

If you’d asked me two months ago what the worst thing about unemployment would be, I may have answered with ‘economic uncertainty’, ‘shame’, or ‘lack of health insurance’. After a month of unemployment, I can honestly say the worst part is the paperwork. I’ve lost track of how many forms …

I can read!

Lately I’ve been caught up in the same rage as a lot of my friends and acquaintances, regarding the National Defence Authorisation Act for Fiscal Year 2012 which has been making the rounds in the US Congress. Even Wil Wheaton has been weighing in in his own fashion. The word …

The Hell You’re In vs. The Hell You Fear

In writing my Young Adult novel, Terra Paradox, I have reached into my own past, trying to uncover what little I do remember of being young. It hasn’t been an easy process, as much of my past remains a mystery even to me. But there is one thing that I’m …

The Gaia Wars, by Kenneth G. Bennett

As part of this special promotional extravaganza sponsored by Novel Publicity, the price of The Gaia Wars eBook edition has dropped to just 99 cents this week. What’s more, by purchasing this fantastic book at an incredibly low price, you can enter to win many awesome prizes, including a Kindle …

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