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Everyone Loves a Good Villain

Everyone Loves a Good Villain

When I first started writing fantasy as a teenager, I created a villain I loved so much, he had to have his own story. I realized the other day that I’ve never posted some of my writing here. Without further adieu, here is the prologue to my villain’s story. A bit of a content warning […]

Legolas-style archery

Legolas-style archery

In the Lord of the Rings movies, Legolas is seen shooting off arrows at ridiculous speed. He’s got nothing on this guy: Danish archer Lars Andersen read historical accounts of archers shooting arrows at speeds modern archers declared impossible. Andersen looked at the historical data and reverse-engineered a shooting method that allows him to shoot […]

Am I Still A Pantster?

Am I Still A Pantster?

I wrote the prologue and first two chapters of my new project, tentatively titled Bellanok, with unbelievable ease. Seriously. The total so far is about 4,000 words, and I probably cranked it out in 2-3 hours over a couple of days. But then it happened. On Saturday, I opened up Scrivener, re-read the last chapter, […]

Weekly Rather Than Daily Writing Goals

Weekly Rather Than Daily Writing Goals

New year, new goals, and new things to learn! That’s exciting, right? Well, maybe not so much the “things to learn” bit. But with a month of working hard to write every day, even for a little bit, I think I’ve settled into what works for me. A couple of years ago, I finally caved […]

Realm Makers Flash Fiction Contest!

Realm Makers Flash Fiction Contest!

New Project Euphoria

New Project Euphoria

I didn’t think it would happen, but at last it did. On Saturday, I finally finished the revision of my latest WIP. What a rush to hit ‘save’ and close that last chapter. It is done. Oddly enough, though, with 3 chapters left to revise, the female lead in my next project just wouldn’t be […]

Characters With Too Much Power

Characters With Too Much Power

For the past many months I’ve worked on rewriting and extensively editing my manuscript until recently, as I neared the finishing point. Even though I’d discovered and repaired several contradictions in plot, greatly increased the character development, cut out several thousand words and added many, many more, something was still wrong. I could feel it […]

NaNo Week 2

NaNo Week 2

Eleven days of NaNo are behind me. I’m on a good pace. I hit 15,000 words two days ago. That put me ahead, but I’m a smidgen behind now. My yearly audit at work kept me from writing the last two days. Only three days so far where I haven’t written anything. Part of the […]