Category Archives: Fantasy

Looking back at 2015: Favorite books and more

It’s that time of year when you realize that yes, a whole year did pass that quickly! Whew, where did the time go? The answer–at least my answer–is in this post, including the best 8 novels I read this year. … Continue reading

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Inventing languages

Learning languages isn’t always the funniest thing in the world, memorizing new words and what not, but creating them is always a blast. (As is knowing languages, once you’ve done that memorizing bit, but I digress…) Lately, I’ve been working … Continue reading

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Zier worldbuilding fun

This month, I’m prepping for writing the first draft of Possession–my fantasy novel about a dying woman who who tries to take control of another guy’s body to survive. I’ve got a whole bunch of experimental scenes written, but the whole … Continue reading

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Magic systems–fun and headache

A friend of mine always says, whenever you invent a magic system, give it to a bunch of gamers–they’ll soon find the weak spots and explore them endlessly. 😀 The thing is, it’s plain hard to trace all the possible … Continue reading

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Possession setting breakthrough

Remember last week, I posted about possible settings for Possession, my latest fantasy novel about a dying woman trying to take possession of another guy’s body to survive? Well, the other day I had a breakthrough! A flash of insight … Continue reading

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From jungle to desert to windswept island

I’m at the early idea-stage for my latest project, a fantasy novel I’ve given the working-title Possession, and I’m considering settings at the moment. Boy, are there lots of enticing options out there! A city in the dry, baking-hot desert, … Continue reading

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The problem of Discoverability isn’t that bad

There’s been a lot of talk out there about discoverability lately, i.e. readers wanting to find books they’d love, and authors wanting the same in reverse—that the people who’d love their books find and buy them. It reminds me of … Continue reading

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End of 2013

Well, 2013 is drawing to a close–I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! I’m on vacation, which is just bliss I must say. Lots of time to spend with hubby, board games, and writing of course. Looking back … Continue reading

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How I invent characters

Characters are mysterious creatures, in a way, and I’m sure there are nearly as many ways to invent them as there are authors. For me, I find that they seldom spring fully formed onto the page, but come to life … Continue reading

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Exhilaration and fear of a First Draft

There’s something almost magical about sitting down to write something new. I often do it with very little idea of what I’m going to be writing about. Sometimes a core scene will hit me out of the blue and I’ll … Continue reading

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