The One Question Required to Write Speculative Fiction

I don’t talk a whole lot about genre in this space, mostly because I think it’s difficult — and not altogether necessary — to fit stories into neat little boxes.

Genres cross and overlap all over the place, and the water gets even murkier when you throw in the hundreds of hyper-specific sub-genres readers can find now.

So, as with any other theoretical discussion, if I’m going to talk about Genre, I’m going to start at the top. Continue reading “The One Question Required to Write Speculative Fiction”

Exploring Úr’Dan: The Firelands and the Northern Uplands

With all of the narrative shifts, outlining, and pondering I’ve done about The Warden of Everfeld: Legacy and related stories recently, I wanted to revive my world-building series.

And boy was I shocked to find that I haven’t written an Exploring Úr’Dan post in over a year! Here’s a refresher for all of us (myself included) of the fantastical ground we’ve covered previously:

Continue reading “Exploring Úr’Dan: The Firelands and the Northern Uplands”

Why I Love Myths… and Decided to Write Them

I’ve been talking more and more about the mythology series I have been writing for my fantasy universe. I’m pretty excited about these stories, so I think it’s time I shared why this kind of story is important to me.

I could make this a listicle, but I don’t want to. Follow me on this journey!

Continue reading “Why I Love Myths… and Decided to Write Them”

Jason Concepcion on Why We Love Fantasy Stories

For those of you who are a) fans of good storytelling and b) fans of A Song of Ice and Fire  and HBO’s Game of Thrones, season 7 was probably disappointing. Without ranting on about it (today), I’ll just say that it was poorly written.

Jason Concepcion of the “Binge Mode” podcast on TheRinger.com has perfectly summed up my feelings on the season, and the weight that fantasy stories carry as a whole. Continue reading “Jason Concepcion on Why We Love Fantasy Stories”

Remember to Write What You Love and Love What You Write

I’ve been a little too focused on just writing the last few weeks. I forgot for a moment that I was supposed to enjoy the process. The strict deadlines I had imposed on my word counts and finish dates were weighing down the writing itself.

It took an off-hand reminder from the lovely Jessie to remember: love what you write, and write what you love. Continue reading “Remember to Write What You Love and Love What You Write”

Friday Write-Day: We Have an Imprint!

Evening Satellite PublishingWe have a publishing imprint! Jessie and I have officially founded (wow, that’s a big word) Evening Satellite Publishing!

Evening Satellite Publishing will be the imprint for all of our print publications in the fantasy and sci-fi genres, including The Warden of Everfeld: Memento and Jessie’s as yet unnamed sci-fi novel. Continue reading “Friday Write-Day: We Have an Imprint!”

Exploring Úr’Dan: The Hundred Teeth

I’ve been watching Planet Eath II on BBC America with Present Wife recently, so I’m inspired to delve into my alternate universe a bit more.

On tonight’s episode… Mountains! What life could survive in some of the most rugged and extreme conditions of Úr’Dan?

Okay, I’ll drop the David Attenborough act, tempting though it is. Continue reading “Exploring Úr’Dan: The Hundred Teeth”