UnOccult Secrets

Matt Larkin (author of some rather spiffing riffs on Nordic mythology) posted an article recently suggesting fantasy novels can benefit from the lack of systematized magic. While I find his arguments engaging, for me the best answer lies in what is revealed rather than what is systematized. Larkin's thesis is that magic—at least magic that … Continue reading UnOccult Secrets

Writing as a Team Sport by Kevin J. Anderson

Anderson mixes his thoughts on why collaborations work, or don’t, with anecdotes from the many collaborations he has undertaken, creating a book that shows the reader the potential complexities of partnering with other authors without becoming dry or depressing. This book provides advice and insight on co-authoring fiction, covering reasons to consider collaborating, choosing a … Continue reading Writing as a Team Sport by Kevin J. Anderson

Hurting Your Characters by Michael J. Carlson

Carlson combines an accessible overview of the human body and the damage it suffers from various traumas with insight into how that might feel to a character. This creates a useful framework for adding plausible and emotive descriptions of injury that can be tailored to a character’s knowledge. This book provides an simplified description of … Continue reading Hurting Your Characters by Michael J. Carlson

Reviewing The 2017 NaNoWriMo Writing Tools Bundle

I've been sent a free copy of Kevin J Anderson's 2017 NaNoWriMo Writing Tools Bundle with a request that I share my honest opinion of a few of the titles. Apart from the guide to Vellum (I already have a good eformating program and don't have a Mac) they all seem worth a read. However, … Continue reading Reviewing The 2017 NaNoWriMo Writing Tools Bundle

Behind the Scenes: Greenstar Season 2

I can't remember the first book I read by multiple authors, but I can remember in my teens wondering how more than one person could write a book without leaving obvious transitions between authors. At the time, it was idle curiosity; but it became very relevant when Simon Cantan invited me to co-author a novel. … Continue reading Behind the Scenes: Greenstar Season 2

Beyond the Frontiers of the Million Word Challenge

Today is a post of two, interconnected, halves: it is the first post of the month, so it is time for an update on the Million Word Challenge; and I just published another book, which you can get free, and put another one on pre-order. I know most of you are here for the numbers … Continue reading Beyond the Frontiers of the Million Word Challenge