I recently received a very kind Goodreads review where she said my worldbuilding was so strong I probably knew the best place to grow grapes in my created world. This was the second compliment I received on worldbuilding within the week (and then a third!), which has me thinking on the concept as a whole. It also has me planning several posts in the near future looking at worldbuilding on a macro level along with critiques as to how to assess it. But before I get all that out
There’s been a lot of talk about Did Not Finish (DNF) books in the internet back alleys I haunt, which are the books one puts down without finishing in case anyone is wondering. And as a reader, I completely understand DNFs: Life is just too short to waste on writing that does not touch you. But as an author, the best thing that ever happened to me was not being able to DNF. For those not in the know, most screenwriters will work as readers at some point, those poor (usually
NOTE: This post appeared earlier this year on Leona's Blog of Shadows and I'm reposting it here because I like all my stuff in one place. Cultural appropriation is seldom said with a positive connotation, and for good reason. Because nothing is more offensive than seeing suburban kids dolled up in hip-hop attire, or idiots donning red wigs and drinking themselves to oblivion because it’s Saint Paddy’s Day. I think we can all agree that for both those examples punishment is in
I truly wish “Vills before ‘roes” was a common jackass statement akin to “bros before hoes,” but alas I have yet been unable to instill the phrase into the popular vernacular. However, it’s something you might want to keep in mind as you structure your story, because, as Batman will prove, villains make your hero. I mean, we all agree Batman is cool, what with his tragic concept, the gadgets, cool cars, detective abilities and completely hetero-relationship with his young war
Novel Playlists from Fantasy Novelists treats each fantasy novel like a feature film and encourages the author to put together their own dream soundtrack. And if the 80s taught us anything, it’s the Dead Can Dance, and with any luck so can golems as we follow Ben Galley’s protagonist Task in his latest novel Heart of Stone. Merciless. Murderer. Monster. He has been called many names in his time.
Built for war and nothing else, he has witnessed every shade of violence humans
If we had a nickel for every time some wisenheimer demanded a vegetarian BBQ recipe from us, we’d be millionaires instead of hundredaires. And honestly, we see the intended humor of expecting vegetables as a main dish from an institution whose moto is “You say monster manual, we say ingredients list.” But the joke’s on these jokers since we are connoisseurs of Entish blood pudding. But wait, our tormentors say, don’t you at Bugbear BBQ have a policy of not eating sentient cre