What’s your world built out of? Physically. As in, what do characters and cultures in your world consider construction materials for ordinary surroundings? Continue reading
One of the interesting facets of how DNA works on Earth is, so long as you’re one of most eukaryotic organisms, you generally have two separate copies of each and every gene in your genetic makeup.
There are, of course, exceptions. Continue reading
I don’t care how the calendar marks it. As far as I’m concerned, winter starts when it gets Really Freakin’ Cold. Which it did this past weekend. Call it an arctic blast or a blue norther, it’s really cold. Continue reading
I know, Thanksgiving is a family holiday. But… there are those of us not at large family gatherings this year. And I want to offer a hug to those of us who are doing that on purpose, because sometimes, the best thing you can do with certain families is stay far, far away from them. Continue reading
You know, a lot of the time stories emphasize the fitness of monster-hunters and demon-slayers. To quote that bit from MiB, “the best of the best of the best, sir!”
I think this is a mistake. Continue reading
When you’re writing a story, you need a map. Nab it from an atlas, print it off the internet, rough-scrawl it on paper with whatever writing implement you can get your hands on. But get a map. Continue reading
Everyone loves fire in fantasy and superhero fiction. It’s bright, it’s flashy, it’s explosive. It’s also a nightmare if Reality Ensues, because burns in Real Life are horrific. Meaning fiction that edges toward the harder scale of physics tends to play up the horror, or avoid having good characters use fire at all.
Which means the full potential of fire is vastly underused. Continue reading
When you worldbuild, research to get the details as close to accurate as you can. At the very least, if you decide to toss in some random statement of fact, consider running a quick web search to see if anything immediately, blatantly contradicts what you’re saying to the reader.
For example, say you’re writing a book on sport bow-hunting, and decide to toss in, “1588 is the last recorded instance of the bow being used in warfare.” Continue reading
I’m still pretty flat, but I ran into this on Tumblr and thought everyone would enjoy it. 🙂 Karma happens!
There will be times when I’m watching a good escape/evasion sequence, and then suddenly want to heave a deep sigh. Because a lot of people seem to think taking to a boat or crossing where they get their feet wet makes them suddenly untrackable. Continue reading