Tag Archives: The Nexus

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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Writing What You Don't Know

“Write what you know.” It’s a common enough writing mantra that it needs no introduction. It doesn’t, of course, mean that if you’re a university student writer who plays music, you should only write about university life, writing, and music. … 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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The Outline

So I’ve spent quite a bit of time now planning my new novel, Shadow of Death. I came up with a basic plot, the romantic subplots, a few strong character arcs and another dozen background characters, and of course I’m … Continue reading

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Draft Two

Well, today I finished the second draft of The Nexus. It was an interesting experience, editing 75,000 words of my own writing that I wrote four months ago or more. I’m not even sure what to say about it. Sometimes … Continue reading

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What a character

Sometimes, I wonder how much of a hand I actually had in the creation of some of my characters. Let me tell you about Floerian Silverstring. It started with Dungeons & Dragons. I’ve played the game for 14 years. Over … Continue reading

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Excerpt from "The Nexus" 2 – Floerian

Floerian Silverstring is a character I created about ten years ago, and his evolution since then has been such that I decided he deserved a place in my novel. The protagonist, Derek, meets him early on in Vancouver, and in … Continue reading

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Excerpt from "The Nexus"

The following is taken from the Part 3 of the first draft of my novel, “The Nexus.” Syn is a 16-year-old engineer. Nathaniel is an angel. ~ ~ ~ They walked along the edge of the root for another hour, … Continue reading

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