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
“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
If you note dates, I posted about taking tiny caterpillars in on the porch less than a week ago. Continue reading
Frogs. Everywhere. Willow Rosenberg would probably yelp.
…Maybe. They’re very tiny frogs. Continue reading
It’s been said that an ecologist is someone who puts up birdfeeders in hopes of seeing hawks. The same principle applies to milkweed for monarchs; what you often get is wasps. Continue reading
What do borders look like in your story world?
In the modern day and age we’re used to thinking in terms of strict lines on a map. Step here, you’re in one state or country; Continue reading
We’re having a serious problem with undermined cultural mores these days. Whatever you believe religion and moral-wise, you’ve probably noticed the strain, Continue reading