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Fantasy Maps

First things first – just to get it out of the way: maps are abstractions. It's in their very nature. In fact, let me start with Baudrillard.In Simulacra and Simulation, Jean Baudrillard recounts the

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Conjuring Nora

​"You write?" A teaching colleague of mine asked me and laughed. "When do you find the time?"My sister calls and I tell her I'm finishing up the second book. "Oh my God," she says. "Writing, publishing,

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Grimdark Recommended Reading

​Here is a list of my personal recommendations when it comes to reading grimdark fantasy. Now I'm not going to say that these writers and these books had a direct influence on my writing ... no,

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My 10 Step Creative Process

It’s the age old question everyone asks an author: where do you get your ideas? However, everyone has ideas. It’s really no biggie to have an idea. What people are really asking is: how do

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Liebster Award

The Liebster Award is given to new bloggers as a way of saying ‘Hello’ or rather ‘Hallo’ as the word Liebster is taken from the German language. (I stole that line from Danny’s blog. But

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HULK SMASH: SPFBO 2016

/rant mode on The Self Published Fantasy Blog Off is  competition involving self published fantasy authors (like me). 300 authors sent in their manuscripts. Ten bloggers will make a choice and put forward

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