#IWSG Post: Making Magic on the Page

I love being a fantasy writer. No matter how many stories I write, there’s always new terrain to explore. As a practicing Pagan, I also have the opportunity to weave threads of real magic into worlds of the fantastic. One of the ways I do this is by incorporating the magic and symbolism of gemstones […]

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Making our worlds come alive: Sunday ROW80 check-in

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about world-building, trying to determine what the ingredients are that make a world one we’re not likely to forget, those things that make a world so rich, so vivid that we can imagine ourselves there. One of the keys, I’ve noticed, is that worlds that leap off the page […]

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Why I write–and read–fantasy

Sometimes the world is so full of darkness that we need an escape–even if there’s a touch of darkness in that world we find ourselves drawn into. It’s especially nice to read a story in which characters overcome great odds, save the day, and live happily ever after. As J.R.R. Tolkien once said “Fantasy is […]

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