An Open Apology to Jim Butcher

I didn't know where else to put this, but it's my blog and as Eric Cartman says, "I'll do what I want!" This is a great story for authors and a peak behind the author curtain for readers. Ever have one of those heart-drop-into-tummy moments when you realize, "Oh poop... this changes everything"? That was … Continue reading An Open Apology to Jim Butcher

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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