The Kaladin Book Soundtrack based on The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson – Call To Action
 

Kaladin Book Soundtrack - Story & Kickstarter

Music Inspired by The Way of Kings

 
Small Press, Big Stories: Mrs. Claus Anthology – Cover Reveal
 

Small Press, Big Stories

Mrs. Claus Anthology - Cover Reveal

 
Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost – What Does It Mean?
 

Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost

Hobbit Day Article

 

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How The Belgariad Taught Me To Write A Cyberpunk Dystopia – Guest Blog by Ferrett Steinmetz

How The Belgariad Taught Me To Write A Cyberpunk Dystopia – Guest Blog by Ferrett Steinmetz 

Full confession: I thought my new novel The Uploaded was a dystopian novel about the miseries that happen five hundred years after humanity perfects brain-uploading. But my publisher Angry Robot told me it was something different. “You wrote a cyberpunk family drama, Ferrett!” I looked up, baffled, from my chocolate milk – the only drink […]

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Worlds Within Worlds – Part Three: Old Grey Beards

Worlds Within Worlds – Part Three: Old Grey Beards 

If you ask someone on the street to name the first three wizards that come to mind, you’ll probably hear the names Gandalf, Merlin, and Dumbledore (or Rincewind, if they’re trying to be clever). The image of the white-bearded old man with a staff is woven into modern fantasy, to the point that Pratchett filled […]

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On Character Development

On Character Development 

A broken soldier overcoming his failings to make a stand for his home, a powerful sorceress corrupted by her magic and falling into darkness, a boy embarking on a journey and reaching its end as a man. Character development is one of the core aspects of fiction, many readers love watching their favourite protagonist grow […]

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When Characters Shed Names

When Characters Shed Names 

We real-world folks can get very attached to our names. Most of us only change them when we get married or divorced, convert to a new religion, or arrive in a new country. Even then, such changes often only alter part of our name, such as the family name, or the way it is pronounced. […]

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Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part Six: Historical Accuracy

Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part Six: Historical Accuracy 

This final part of our extended series on gender and stereotypes in fantasy and science fiction will be both a conclusion and a sweeping reflection on what we’ve already examined, but in the context of that one thing many who fail to see the lack importance (and, indeed, those who oppose diverse and inclusive representation […]

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A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson: Or…A Search For Heroes

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson: Or…A Search For Heroes 

Everyone has a book in them. At least, that’s what they say. I’m not sure who they are, but it is a truism as much as anything else. What if you want to write more than one? Where do you get ideas from? What is your inspiration or muse? I’ve no idea. It is a […]

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Human Stories

Human Stories 

I’ve been working my way through the Honorverse by David Weber, a military science fiction series focused on the life and career of Captain Honor Harrington. The books centre on her actions during a war between two great empires, the Star Kingdom of Manticore and the Republic of Haven. There’s adventure, politics, love, loss, friendship, […]

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A Different Kind of Hero

A Different Kind of Hero 

The heroes in our novels come in all shapes and sizes. Their nature and actions are crafted at the whim of the author. Some heroes are larger than life, giant personalities with immense powers, while others are regular people thrust into grand events. Some are born great, chosen by destiny and circumstance, others make their […]

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Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part Five: Bisexuality

Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part Five: Bisexuality 

When we talk about queer character representation, there’s letters of the LGBTQIA+ spectrum that get left behind, for whatever reason. With Bisexuality Visibility Week’s focus directing the spotlight, now seemed as good a time as any to explore the characters in SFF who identify (or are clearly identifiable) as bisexual. But first, a working definition: […]

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A Cast of Roles

A Cast of Roles 

Through the course of a novel, the author will create and introduce a wide array of different characters to the reader. Often they might do it on automatic, smoothly introducing a new character that fits the scene without any conscious decision or over-thinking, letting the writing flow. Other times an author will muddle over background […]

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Making A Connection

Making A Connection 

Most people think of reading as a purely intellectual pursuit, but the best books are the ones that inspire emotion in the reader. While you can appreciate a novel on an intellectual basis, the ones you remember are the ones that made you feel something; a tragedy that evokes a sense of sadness and loss, […]

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Character Group Dynamics

Character Group Dynamics 

One of the most important tasks of a writer is to get the reader to engage with their characters, but almost as important is how your characters engage with each other. Their interactions are what make up the narrative and drama of the book, bringing the story to life. How can your hero show off […]

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