Virtual FantasyCon2016: Holding Out for a Hero

Virtual FantasyCon2016: Holding Out for a Hero

This article was written as a part of VirtualFantasyCon 2016.    So, personally, I took a bit of a different tack on the hero’s journey. Pour yourselves a cup of coffee; I’m going to show you how I got here, but it’s going to take a minute. When I started my...
Steel: The Everything of All Things

Steel: The Everything of All Things

There was a wonderful demonstration at DragonCon this year where two guys took a mild steel helmet and used a hardened-steel helmet to literally turn it into a pancake. Check this out at 11:45.   Now, as cool as this is, these guys miss a huge point during the...
What’s in a Name? Titles in Worldbuilding

What’s in a Name? Titles in Worldbuilding

So the question came up on KBoards as to how to address a king. I’m not going to give you a history lesson because I don’t write history. Well, not Earth history. How you address various ranks and levels of royalty in fantasy is totally up to you....
Wherefore Elves

Wherefore Elves

So, we were talking elves over on Mythic Scribes. Talk of elves always brings up talk of cliches. Cliches fuel fantasy, particularly the pulp fantasy market. It is possible — and apparently lucrative — to take a bunch of fantasy cliches, and hammer them...