Heroic, Realistic, and Grimdark – the Shades of Fantasy

Fantasy, as a genre, has a ton of subgenres. There’s no way a single post could cover them all, unless I wanted to write a thesis. I’m not getting into hard or soft magic again, or urban fantasy compared to epic fantasy compared to steampunk, or the thousand other flavors that fantasy comes in. Instead, …

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Hard Vs Soft Magic – Strengths, Weaknesses, and Which to Use

With the end of Game of Thrones, fantasy has been on my mind a lot lately. Fantasy, as a genre, is an interesting beast. It revolves around the fantastic and the impossible, without the constraints of pretending at science like even the least grounded sci-fi, which means in theory that it should have limitless possibility …

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Restrictions Breed Creativity: Lessons from Game of Thrones

Well, this season of Game of Thrones has been controversial to say the last. Some people still love the show. Others are starting to be...less than happy with the direction things have taken. I’m in the latter camp. Wait, wait, don’t go for that back button. This is not the 2,000,000,000th article analyzing this season …

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Redefining Success – A brief Camp NaNoWriMo Roundup

Camp NaNo has come and gone, and the final numbers are in: 57,311. There were about 3,000 words I forgot to track near the end of the month. Overall, I should be happy with these results - 57,000 isn’t anything to sneeze at, 60,000 is an incredibly solid number. However, I’m not happy with that …

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Never, Ever, Pay Someone to Publish Your Book

There are a lot of traps and pitfalls in the self-publishing world. Poor covers. Bad editing. Publishing first drafts as final products. Most of those mistakes are made due to inexperience and are learning experiences that don’t really hurt the author that makes them. Books that fall prey to these traps generally don’t get any …

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What Authors Can Learn from Box Office Bombs

It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a small city to make a movie. Directors, actors, producers, cameramen, extras, set designers, costume designers...when you go see Avengers Endgame in a couple of weeks and you’re sitting through the credits waiting for that post-credit scene, try to keep track of how many people …

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