Month: December 2013

Bones of the Old Ones

“See, frost, snow covered landscape… this is a good Christmas read!” I say, not entirely seriously. I’m reading Kurtzhau – age 10 – the almost appropriate adult Fantasy novel, The Bones of the Old Ones by Howard Andrew Jones. Kurtzhau is playfully

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Morgenstern the Valkyrie

“Rah rah Rasputin!” cries Morgenstern, age 6, a dream of pink in her bunny pajamas. “Viking Metal!” So on goes the Turisas cover of the Boney M classic. Morgenstern boogies and ballet steps around me in the kind of odd

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A few facts about fiction to help you overcome writerly angst

Oh the angst! Oh the woe of the empty screen! Oh the self hate! Oh the bullshit! Angst–self-doubt/-hate/-loathing–may be a product of your personality type, but it’s not a prerequisite for being a writer. Unless you actually write about it,

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Second Scholar Knight book out, and with a fantastic cover!

Here it is! In the last book, Jack faced tournaments and small unit actions. How will he do in a set piece battle? And what is  the truth about the hot but mysterious Theodora? The cover is something special done

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Posted in History, Project C, Writing Life

5 year old girls playing Minecraft

Morgenstern: You’re a mermaid!… Oh no, I’ve got a Halo skin. Ugh! Ugh! Polyhedra: It’s OK you can change your skin. (Later) Morganstern: Go to Victorian women….

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Geek Parenting Fail!

On the way to the kids’ carol concert, Kurtzhau (10) has been belatedly practicing Walking In the Air, me teasing by pretending it’s the Nightwish version and doing air guitar. Morgenstern (5) already knows her words. As we approach the

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4 ways to get around “resistance” (this is not the writing advice you were looking for…)

I’ve finally read Steve Pressfield’s The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles. It’s all about beating the dreaded “resistance”, watching yourself like a hawk, spurning displacement activities, and getting your writing done. The book

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Blogging at Blackgate: How Tolkien’s Landscapes Works

Go take a look: http://www.blackgate.com/2013/12/12/tolkien-landscapes/

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Academics…

Academic: That chronicle you based your careers on is a later forgery! Other Academics: That historical character you based your magnum opus on didn’t exist! Look we’re – (so help me god) – putting your book in a fireplace and

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Historical Fiction: How much history can you just invent?

I think it’s up to the writer. However, adding things to history can break it. Personally, I prefer to be limited and consistent about what I make up. In my War of the Roses series, nobody above the rank of

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