Independent’s Day

Independent’s Day

It’s been a long time since I talked about where the whole writing thing is. This one’s on me. I’ve been avoiding you. I don’t remember where we were the last time I checked in. I attended Norwescon this year, again; I think that was the last...
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...
The Map Redux

The Map Redux

Lots of compliments on the map. So let’s talk maps a bit more. Part of making a good fantasy map is developing the terrain well enough that you can draw it from memory a couple of times freehand and have them more or less line up. I have a couple of advantages,...
Memory Lane

Memory Lane

Holy crap. So, I’m sending the finished — no, really — manuscript out to my editor next week. The cover is in the final formatting stages. I have a marketing plan and budget in place. And yesterday I started working on Book II. Sort of. Book II was...