“It could be worse!” Mina was holding one of the Nie charms in front of her, paper flapping against her fingers. Oddly, it seemed to blunt the worst gusts of fear. “Nie-da-shixiong says the Waterborne Abyss by Caiyi had to be suppressed by a whole sect working together, and it got away the first time! This one-” Continue reading
Sometimes the most interesting worldbuilding you can do comes from taking the world as we know it, and juggling one or two different things that didn’t happen in real-life history… but maybe could have. Clockwork Heart supposes a society that centers around a lighter-than-air metal. River of Teeth tackles the more realistic what-if of, IRL in the 1860s Congress shot down the idea of importing hippos to the Mississippi River Basin. What if they’d thought it was a great idea instead? Continue reading
Staggering against the gatehouse wall, Kerowyn shook her head like a warhorse who’d taken a mace-blow. Eldan wobbled, fingers biting into her shoulder tight as badly-fitted harness; evidently shields trained against Heralds weren’t quite as solid against inhuman nasty as the ones she’d built under a kyree’s sarcastic guidance. Continue reading
When writing characters in conflict, there’s two things you need to keep in mind. What are your characters’ goals? And what are their motivations?
These two things are often confused as different terms for the same thing. And… they’re not. Really, really not. Continue reading
They’re at it again! Continue reading
“White as a cloud” is a phrase that only makes sense if you haven’t really looked at clouds. If you look at them with a good breadth of sky in your view, or you’re just trying to pay attention enough that when you put them in your art they look real, white is barely a starting point. Continue reading
In case anyone’s missed it… I have a sidestory set in the Oni the Lonely ‘verse Continue reading
If you want conflict in your story, you don’t need to invent political plots or conspiracies. You just need to look for the one thing in your setting everyone needs, and the Evil Plots will appear. Consider the case of salt. Continue reading
Background to this: I and an email pal some time ago figured out we have different base concepts of “blue”. Pal shades more toward true/dark blue, while mine edges more toward cyan. On due consideration (and examining various landscape pics sent back and forth), I suspect it’s heavily connected with what the sky looks like where we are. Continue reading
And the paperback is up!
Now I get to order author copies so I can have signed ones available… plus some for the Library of Congress, and my local library system. 🙂