Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Setting

"Look at this place, isn't it neat. Wouldn't you think... ...a great fantasy story could happen here?" Okay, okay, maybe I fudged on the lyrics a little bit. But really, have you ever found yourself totally enamored with an idea of a world, but you don't have anything else figured out? Someone once told me … Continue reading Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Setting

Pantsing Fantasy: An Intro

I've never been shy about sharing that I'm a pantser. That's how I write - totally by inspiration, almost never by planning (one time I was forced to. It was a contest. I didn't do well.). I don't plot. I don't know how I'm going to get from this scene to the next one or … Continue reading Pantsing Fantasy: An Intro

Trope Me This: The Chosen One

Aragorn. Richard Rahl. Harry Potter. Katniss Everdeen. Bella Swan? (okay, okay, don't get so mad) What do all these people have in common? Yes, the title gives it away. They have all been chosen, in some manner or another, to avert or subvert the LOOMING DISASTER UPON ALL THINGS, but there's no real clear reason … Continue reading Trope Me This: The Chosen One

What I’m Reading: Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott

What the book is about:  I'd consider this to be a sister book to Sometimes the Magic Works. It's certainly in that same realm; advice about writing and life how sometimes, the two of them converge. What I liked:  Short chapters - With kids running around and interrupting me all the time, it was nice … Continue reading What I’m Reading: Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott

What I’m Reading: Sometimes the Magic Works by Terry Brooks

What the book is about: Sometimes the Magic Works is a super practical book about writing by the eminent Terry Brooks. With 20 novels under his belt and a fairly successful career (okay, that maaaay be an understatement), I think he's qualified to give a few tips. He covers topics from choosing a book to … Continue reading What I’m Reading: Sometimes the Magic Works by Terry Brooks