Why Are There So Many Big Walls in Fantasy Novels?

https://themillions.com/2017/03/a-brief-review-of-walls-in-literature.html And: https://www.grmatthews.com/post/2017/01/07/walls-in-fantasy Thank you. This concept has been unsettling to me, and I needed some outside thoughts to clarify my opinion and thinking. And naturally, as a writer, I want to write about a BAW (big @$$ wall) in every one of my stories. Maybe it's a virus that needs inoculation?

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in 2018

What a year! I just sent my latest author update to email subscribers, so make sure you're part of the court to hear the latest. As we roll down 2017, I wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday, and Happy New Year. To everyone, the same admonishment made over 2000 years ago: Peace on … Continue reading Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in 2018

The Girl & The Golden Mirror, Ascent of the Fallen update, and more!

I'd apologize for the delay in posting, but let's call a spade a spade: I'm awful at consistently blogging, and I've been buckling down in some other areas. One of my life mantras: This or that. We're just not built to be great multi-taskers! First, exciting announcement #1: The Girl and the Golden Mirror is … Continue reading The Girl & The Golden Mirror, Ascent of the Fallen update, and more!

Shooting The Devil: Strategy, Tactics, and Tips For Crafting Compelling Combat in Your Novel

I've had this post in the wings for a while, trying to "strategerize" how best to communicate the message. Guest post? Breaking it up into smaller bits? New website? I figured it was worth getting something out there for now, and I may revisit the content in different forms later. This is primarily written for … Continue reading Shooting The Devil: Strategy, Tactics, and Tips For Crafting Compelling Combat in Your Novel

A Boy and His Dragon: Inspiration in Florida and the Author Mindset by Steven Pressfield

I've been a bad kid. Kind of. We ended up executing a slight change of plans last week that turned a family visit into more of a holiday, taking advantage of several opportunities that fell into our laps. As such, I did what every diligent writer does: take a break! During our stay in Orlando, … Continue reading A Boy and His Dragon: Inspiration in Florida and the Author Mindset by Steven Pressfield

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