Tag: self publish

This is Literature?! And don’t scientists have something better to do!?

This is a two for one! I couldn’t believe this. The other day, Joel approached me and asked if I had heard of dinosaur erotica. I laughed, but he said he was serious. Then I looked at him funny. He told me some of… Continue Reading “This is Literature?! And don’t scientists have something better to do!?”

Coming to Expect the Exceptions

When taking a novel class, we spoke about how a novel is ultimately a number of improbable events occurring at the same time, in a string, as to make an interesting story. This just doesn’t happen in real life. We have short periods of… Continue Reading “Coming to Expect the Exceptions”

Writing Fantasy: Starting Point

After reading over some books that are to help one write fantasy, I started realizing I don’t really need them. A writing degree, experience as an English teacher, a lot of research, and an incredible passion has led me to know quite a bit… Continue Reading “Writing Fantasy: Starting Point”

Humanizing Settings

While reading Clash of Kings, pondering how Mr. Martin writes, I had an epiphany which dealt with his settings. In the beginning of the book, Mr. Martin has an old man walking through a castle. This simple act is given considerable attention, and I was… Continue Reading “Humanizing Settings”

I See the Finish Line

It’s right there in front of me. I just got back the edits from my publisher. I have a lot to work in, but I’m hoping in one or two weeks it’s done and then I wait for the 12 weeks until they publish… Continue Reading “I See the Finish Line”

Meeting new people is the same as meeting new characters

Aside: Kelst and Ayne was searched on Google! One of the hits I received was from that. Epic. Those two crazy kids are gaining some traction. Writers are generally a more insular group. Introverts gain their energy with alone time, or only hanging out… Continue Reading “Meeting new people is the same as meeting new characters”

Prologues, what are they good for?

In the very first iteration of my story I had about two pages dedicated to giving a brief history on the world. After reading Game of Thrones and fighting through the story to explore the world, I felt that was fun. I enjoyed having to puzzle… Continue Reading “Prologues, what are they good for?”

Placing the Bar: Tolkien

While reading Lord of the Ring, looking at the amazing job he’s done, I’ve decided that’s what I want to one day create. I’m not a huge fan of his writing style, though I respect it. What I am a huge fan of are his… Continue Reading “Placing the Bar: Tolkien”

The Power of Names #2

I wrote not that long ago about how names can be so influential to a story. How they can take your NPC bartender and make them someone we care about even if they only get a paragraph or two. There’s another power to names:… Continue Reading “The Power of Names #2”

The Power of Names

I think often on the power of words, but recently I’ve really focused on the power of names. In my story on Hurskfjell, almost everyone has a name. There are few characters referred to as “Guard #2,” or “The Bartender.” Often in fantasy and… Continue Reading “The Power of Names”