My Author Journey (September, 2018)

I am back in the querying trenches! Last month was the first time in my life where I spent more time sleeping away from home than I did in my own bed. I spent a week in the Azores for my 20th anniversary, did two camping trips with the family, and spent four days in…

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The Dragon’s in the Details: Establishing Setting in a Fantasy World, Case Study #2–The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson is without question my favorite fantasy author. He excels at creating gorgeous worlds and detailed magic systems. In this article, I examine how Sanderson establishes the physical setting in his epic fantasy The Way of Kings.

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My Top 6 Things to Do in the Azores

The Azores are a beautiful destination for anyone who enjoys the outdoors and a little adventure without an overly “touristy” feel. I can best describe it as a semi-tropical version of Ireland, complete with a temperate climate and breath-taking scenery. My wife and I were very happy in our choice of destination for our 20th…

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My Author Journey (August, 2018)

Last month was crazy for me, and this month is shaping up to be even crazier. Last week, my wife and I went to the Azores for our 20th anniversary, and it was gorgeous! I also managed to write over 10K words on the trip–my wife is so tolerant that way. Other than that, my…

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Writer’s Blog Roundup (July, 2018)

Here are my five favorite posts from the last month: 1 . 12 Mistakes Authors Make in Connecting with Readers url: https://rachellegardner.com/connecting-with-readers/ A simple list of things to consider on connecting with readers OUTSIDE of your books. 2. Evoking Emotion in Fiction: 7 Pragmatic Ways to Make Readers Give a Damn url: http://www.writersdigest.com/writing-articles/by-writing-goal/improve-my-writing/writing-tips-for-evoking-emotion-in-fiction Co-incidentally, this…

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