Part V of Conflict, War, and Mortality

I think when we write fantasy, sci fi, lit fiction … any fiction, when we join our own “what ifs” to the ink in our pens and spread a part of ourselves across each page, we invest our characters with everything that experience…


Part IV On Conflict, War, & Mortality — Characters of the Nasty Sort

Characters of every sort, shape, and persuasion form the skin of a story. Villains, victims, heroes; for good or ill they inhabit a novel’s pages, march across its landscape. …


For myself, it’s the characters I remember long after the titles of the books I’ve read have settled into the bubbling quagmire that is my memory. I may not be able to place a name to them, but I can describe them — what they did, how they looked, their…


Part III On Conflict, War, & Mortality

It’s true. As writers we can pull some serious mileage out of warfare. As a fantasy author, at least of “epic” fantasy, warfare is all but mandatory. Epic? All right, it’s a legit term if a bit grand sounding. Let’s just say that several tomes are required to encompass the…


The shock was immediate. That damned Martin. He can’t kill off Robb!

OK, he can. And obviously did! But it feels like I’m just happily sinking into the series and he’s killed off the bloody hero who’s supposed to carry this epic to the end. Or not. And at a…


To write is first and foremost to come face to face with the reality of ourselves. What we see will be reflected within the consonants and vowels, the pauses and flourishes of our words. For better or worse, warts and all, the more accomplished we become the more of our…


The ink for my Music & Writing blog was still drying when I finished the prologue of my latest novel in the series, The Years of Bone and Ash. …


A Concert Series with A Wee Story or Two Included

I have listened to music while writing since the first time I sat staring down at a sheet of freshly scraped parchment, quill in hand, ink well filled, my lone candle pushing the shadows back even as its guttering light creates them. …


Map of Krîl-lôc

The Best Sci Fi and Fantasy Books Have Maps — (Editorial Opinion) 😉

I’ve read a number of authors on their take of world building for fantasy and sci fi. Author Nyki Blatchley’s Worldmaking: The Secret Ingredient approaches the issue of “time” very nicely. Well worth a read.

World building is something we who write fantasy, and especially epic fantasy, and sci fi…


Or Not …*

  • As a general rule at least. I concede to there being exceptions. Many in fact.

ALERT! Much of my own tastes and opinions follow. Feel free to agree or not. Just don’t hang the messenger.

If you’ve read my earlier pontifications, you know I really enjoy anything written by Steven…

Drew Dobson

A musician, avid reader, crochet master, and author of an epic fantasy shared with many. ("The Years of Bone And Ash")

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