It's time again for my monthly giveaway and review. This month is a little different--and more nostalgic--as I'm offering the winner a choice between two books. To find out how to enter for a chance to win a copy of Ursula K. Le Guin's Steering the Craft: A 21st-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of … Continue reading Love It, Review It, Give It Away: Ursula K. Le Guin’s Steering the Craft and A Wizard of Earthsea
It's time again for my monthly giveaway and review. To find out how to enter for a chance to win a copy of Donald Maass's The Emotional Craft of Fiction, check out the giveway rules here. The contest ends August Monday 6 at 11:59pm EDT. Review in a nutshell: A excellent book that explores the emotional … Continue reading Love It, Review It, Give It Away: The Emotional Craft of Fiction by Donald Maass
This month's giveaway book is Sufficiently Advanced Magic by Andrew Rowe, an indie fantasy with a vivid world, labyrinth puzzles, and a complex magic system. For people looking for clean fantasy without the grittiness and sexuality of things like George R. R. Martin, this book is a good fit. There are a few romantic overtones, but no relationships ever materialize and the violence is very tame and mostly monster-focused.
Details Author: Travis Bagwell Published: July 23, 2016 Print Length: 526 Pages Description (from the author): Are you tired of video games and books where you always hear the hero's tale? Perhaps it's time to get in touch with your evil side! Jason logs into Awaken Online fed-up with reality. He's in desperate need of … Continue reading Indie Book Review — Awaken Online: Catharsis
I’ve often wondered why high school English teachers seemed more concerned with teaching students iambic pentameter rather than the basics of actual story structure. As a teenager, when I’d try to write my own books, I’d wonder why the beginning would seem solid, but the story would end up meandering and soon become boring. When … Continue reading Writing Essentials: Structuring and Outlining Your Novel by Kim Weiland
When learning how to plot a story, one of the common pieces of advice I've read is to create a likeable character and kick the crap out of them. Make their life miserable. Throw them to the ground and keep pounding. In Fallen Dragon, Peter Hamilton takes protagonist abuse to a whole new level. I've … Continue reading One of my Favourites: Fallen Dragon
I just spent the better part of a week with the family camping in the Canadian Shield. No cell signal, no car, just a canoe and what we could carry on our backs. I still manged 2-3,000 words a day as well as doing some world building for my next novel. It made me reflect … Continue reading One of my favourites: Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling