A Bloody Good Map: Cartography Related to the Chronicles of Outremer

I read a good deal of high fantasy, typically works containing elements similar to J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and such. One of the fun parts of any fantasy novel is the map. Usually found just after the title pages, the map gives the reader context. It provides a framework to orient the story … Continue reading A Bloody Good Map: Cartography Related to the Chronicles of Outremer

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Thorium: Goodbye 2016; Hello 2017

Goodbye 2016; hello 2017. I want to take a few moments to let everyone know how the year went, and where it's going from here. The biggest event for Thorium Publishing and my authorship was simple: I started the marathon and hit "publish." 2016 was a year full of events: personal, professional, and in authorship. … Continue reading Thorium: Goodbye 2016; Hello 2017

Zorro, King Arthur, John McClain, and Crafting Combat

(This photo isn't too far from the truth: I had mock-ups of who is where in Exiles of Heaven) Ascent of the Fallen has a handful of fight scenes, and most of those were reasonably easy to visualize and write. When I got to Exiles of Heaven though, my skills were challenged. It's hard work to craft … Continue reading Zorro, King Arthur, John McClain, and Crafting Combat

Magic

Magic. For writers, a potentially controversial subject. I've been thinking hard about if, and how, to best incorporate one of my favorite fantasy elements into my books. In some cases, it's reasonable to expect there to be some form of magic (or supernatural flavor). In some, there's not. I can still remember in the 2000's … Continue reading Magic