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Shotgun Gravy is Spot On

Yesterday, I read a novella Chuck Wendig wrote called Shotgun Gravy. He calls it maybe noir, maybe YA. I thought, “Really? YA noir? I’ll believe it when I see it, Mr. Wendig.” I believe it. Not only is Shotgun Gravy … Continue reading

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YA Saves, could have saved, and will save

On Monday I discussed the #YASaves phenomenon of last week, mostly showcasing the many things other people have said about Young Adult fiction and how it can help people — both those who struggle with darkness and those who know … Continue reading

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Fantasy Names and Self-Indulgence

Around the same time that I first created Floerian Silverstring (so about eleven years ago), I created another typically fantasy character: an elven enchanter named Uuloui. Like Floerian, Uuloui was a character I played on EverQuest, and used in a … Continue reading

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World Building Pt. 4 – Religion

At this point in the creation of your world, there’s a lot of different directions you can go. In fact, the whole project is a pretty open one — perhaps the map isn’t nearly as important for you as the … Continue reading

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25 Things About Me

Awhile ago, a trend went around Facebook wherein people would 25 things — any 25 things — about themselves. It was a pretty popular trend, and it ended up being really interesting in that it shed some light on a … Continue reading

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Dungeons and Dragons

“I want to cast… magic missile.” —The Dead Alewives If you had told me a year ago that I would start a blog, and then not write about Dungeons & Dragons — and in fact, hardly mention it — for … Continue reading

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Character

When I was a kid, I played with Lego a lot. I’d build the sets I owned with their instructions, and have them sit around for awhile. Then I’d smash them down and build my own thing — usually a … Continue reading

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World Building Pt. 1 – Ideas

Creating a world, especially creating one for use in my writing, does not happen in a vaccuum. There’s a reason I’m creating this world and there’s likely something specific I want the world to accomplish. That’s my starting point. The … Continue reading

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World Building

Easily one of my favourite parts about writing speculative fiction is world building. And I’m not talking about “setting,” though of course the two are connected. I’m talking about the development of the entire background reality that the story takes … Continue reading

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Canada Soon

So a group of my friends (and I) are a little obsessed with a musician named Jonathan Coulton. Haven’t heard of him? Not really surprising. Let me enlighten you. Jonathan Coulton used to work as a computer programmer before he … Continue reading

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