Author Archives: Marie Brennan

About Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan is the author of The Memoirs of Lady Trent and the Onyx Court series of historical fantasies. The second book of the Wilders series, Chains and Memory, is on sale now from Book View Cafe. More information can be found on her website, Swan Tower.

New Worlds: Fictive Kinship

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Fictive kinship is exactly what it sounds like: fictional kinship. Not the kind you find in novels (well, you may find it in a novel), but rather the kind that … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Third Cousin Twice Removed

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) What kinds of relatives do you have? This seems like a simple question. But that’s because we take our words and concepts so much for granted that we don’t even … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Lineage

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Because of the various holidays in the U.S., this is a time of year when people’s thoughts often turn to family. So let’s start unpacking what exactly “family” means in … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Dining Customs

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) I hope my U.S. readers enjoyed a tasty Thanksgiving feast yesterday, and I hope my readers elsewhere in the world had some nice meals, too! For our final November post, … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Kitchens

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) If you’re anything like me, you take kitchens for granted. I mean, every house has one, right? There are some apartments that don’t, but even there, the assumption tends to … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Local and Imported Food

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) As with phonology, paying just a little bit of attention to the food your characters eat can go a long way toward making your invented world feel real and lived-in … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Where Does the Food Come From?

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Just as Halloween provided me with a good theme for October’s posts, the U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving inclines me to talk about food: where we get it from, what we … Continue reading

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New Worlds: The Afterlife

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Finishing out the discussion of death and the culture surrounding it (at least for now): what happens to a person after they die? Actually, there are two questions to answer … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Mourning

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Although the question of what a society does with the bodies of the deceased is a key part of the funerary process, it’s hardly the whole story. After all, mourning … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Cannibalism

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Continuing the October theme of death and its customs, I’d like to talk about the rather squicky topic of cannibalism. If that disturbs you, I recommend not clicking through to … Continue reading

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