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: The History We Live In

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) This week’s post is brought to you by a patron request! The topic suggestion had to do with conveying historical complexity, which is itself complex enough that it can’t be … Continue reading

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New Worlds: All That Glitters Is Not Gold

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Possibly the most unrealistic thing about money in fantasy is that it almost always just works. Early in the novel Quicksilver, Neal Stephenson — who has a gift for turning … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Follow the Money

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) If you go into a store today and buy something, you’re almost certainly doing it one of two ways: either you’re handing over one or more pieces of paper with … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Your Money’s Worth

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Since many of us have just gotten through tax season and a patron question last month had to do with currency, let’s talk about money. In fantasy games and quite … Continue reading

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New Worlds: The Etiquette of Names

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Closing out the topic of names (at least for now), let’s dig into how they get used. This is something I think Americans sometimes have trouble grasping, because our society … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Names and Their Meaning

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) I originally thought I would get through the topic of names in a single post. (More fool me.) Let’s move on to what names mean. On the wall of my … Continue reading

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New Worlds: What’s In a Name?

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Continuing on from the discussion of phonology, I want to get into names — not how they sound, but how they’re used. When I’m reading, I see a huge number … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Phonology the Easy Way

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) I’m not likely to get too deep into the subject of conlanging — constructing languages — in this series. It’s a topic that can literally fill a book on its … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Measuring Time

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Before we get to the post itself, a brief housekeeping note: for this Patreon, I’ve committed to four essays a month. But as you may have noticed, I post on … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Four Seasons, or Two, or . . . ?

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) “I miss seasons.” I hear this sometimes from people who move to the San Francisco Bay Area from the East Coast or the Midwest of the U.S. Truth be told, … Continue reading

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