Tag Archive | research

Making Stuff Up

Making Stuff Up

Most of the ideas for my novels come from things I’ve been thinking about, things that I think are interesting, things I think are cool, and so on. A lot of times I’ll hear about something or read about something mysterious or unexplained, and my mind will start wandering and go to the “what if.” […]

You can’t fire an arrow

You can’t fire an arrow

During my research for Alara’s Call, I read some great articles about archery. Unfortunately, that was in the days before I discovered Evernote, so I no longer have the links. But one of the most important things I learned is that one doesn’t fire a bow. This was crucial, because I did at one point […]

Wanted: A Publisher With a Clue

Yep, I’m back on the prowl. And I gotta tell ya, with Google as my witness, there are a ton of options out there. Little presses have been sprouting up all over the place, especially in mainstream Fantasy. With POD technology and e-book sales, writers aren’t the only ones seeing their dreams come true. In […]

Buying books twice

Surely I’m not the only bibliophile who’s bought the same book twice. In the past when this happened it was an accident. But lately I’ve been doing it on purpose. One of my main obstacles to reading is the time it requires. So many books, so little time … and so many other things clamoring […]

Off in My Own World

The person who said “Writing fantasy is easy. You get to just make everything up,” clearly hasn’t written any fantasy. Sure, you get to make it all up. But that means you, well, have to make it all up. And in the meantime, you better not make something up that somebody else you haven’t even […]