Timelines in Fantasy Universes

Fantasy Timelines are sometimes overlooked when it comes to worldbuilding. Not every story needs one. With epic fantasy, however, timelines are invaluable. After attending a Realm Makers Conference lecture on fantasy timelines, I've some notes to share on the matter. Thanks to Jill Williamson for her information. What Are Fantasy Timelines? A fantasy timeline is …

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Book Update: Upcoming Cover Reveal, Promotional campaigns, the Ethereal Seals Fantasy Club?

That's right! Blade of Dragons, the first book of the Ethereal Seals series, will have its cover debut on December 21st; about two weeks from now. Above is the second teaser of Pepper Slyhart, the main protagonist of the story. I had a great experience working with the cover artist, Cherifox, on Fiverr—and she didn't …

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Hard Magic, Soft Magic: How to Use Them in Creative Fiction

Magic—a word tossed around by authors and wordsmiths for decades. Magic is an abstract phenomenon with incredible potential, and such power usually comes with a cost. As a widespread tool in worldbuilding, when misused, it can wreck havoc on a story, figuratively and literally. Magic in Creative Fiction Your ability to solve problems with magic …

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Ethereal Seals: Character Sketch Showcase!

Aside from writing, I enjoy hand sketching, with some digital art on occasion. I'm no virtuoso, and I don't sketch on a routine basis—but my skill has improved over the years. Below, I'll share some of my work on the characters in the Ethereal Seals series. 🙂 Pepper Slyhart My first sketch of Pepper many …

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