Hey gang! Just letting you all know that the third book in the Wyrd West, The Vigil, is alive! It’s about twice the length of the first one, so the series is a full novel’s read now. And now that there’s three, Amazon has even given me my own series page! Remember you can Pay […]
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#30days30authors I’m presenting a panel at the Virtual Fantasy Con #VFC2017 this October on “Realism in Fantasy Warfare.” It’s a stick in my craw that a lot of fantasy writers, especially writers of high fantasy, do not give enough consideration to the battles and wars that their characters are embroiled in. If you’re going to […]
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#30days30authors #amwritingfantasy Excellent article by Cindy Tomamichel reminding those of us who write fantasy or historical fiction that central heating and range stoves just weren’t a thing for our ancestors, and making fire wasn’t as easy as flipping a switch.
Reading is easy. We sit in a comfortable chair, perhaps by a warm heater with cat on lap/dog at feet and a hot drink. That’s often why we read, to share vicariously the bad times and good with characters while we are cosy. But what about the characters? They are the ones on a quest for some hidden relic, pursued by demons or orcs. Often just as they stop for a rest, the wolves start howling and lightening signals a storm. As Sam Gamgee said, ‘I hope we are not in one of those stories, Mr. Frodo.’ But a reader share the hard times, and it is up to the writer to make those hard times so realistic the reader shivers in sympathy as the snow piles deeper and the distance from home and safety grows ever further.
Fire making is of prime importance in a fantasy, historical or even apocalyptic setting. Assuming no one has fire magic (and here we glance meaningfully at Gandalf) or a handy laser or box of matches, it is up to the author to decide on how primitive things need to be.
Read the full article at Cindytomichel.com.
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#30days30authors Chasing Fireflies: A Summer Romance Anthology by C.L. Cannon My rating: 5 of 5 stars Just to be transparent, I am one of the authors of this work. I wrote the last story that appears, Eye of the Storm, and my review does not apply to my story, because that would be ridiculous. But […]
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(This is the first of four “themed” posts about research for fantasy novelists.) I don’t really give “Writing Advice”. Oh, sure – I have my opinions, and since I’ve managed to produce two novels and a memoir, I have just enough experience and success to think that, perhaps, I do…
I’m excited to announce that an excerpt of Showdown (Wyrd West Chronicles #1) will be appearing in July’s issue of SciFan Magazine, a magazine that publishes strictly science fantasy and LitRPG. And next month, they’ll be publishing Survivor, a story in the Toy Soldier Saga! Check it out! Want to get all of my work […]
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By C.T. Philips
Grimdark is in the eye of the beholder.
On a more simpler term, grimdark is a term which was initially bandied about by the gaming community of science-fiction and fantasy as an insult for books which were “trying too hard to be taken seriously.”
The term originally comes from the over-the-top hardcore dystopian science-fiction/fantasy setting Warhammer 40K. However, something (black) magical happened when a lot of fans who enjoyed the titles so referred started to use it as a positive descriptor of the fantasy they like. Grimdark, to the horror of grimdark hipsters everywhere, became mainstream.
Read the full article at the United Federation of Charles.
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