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: 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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New Worlds: Natural Disasters

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) When “natural disasters” wandered through my head as a possible thing to post about, I found myself thinking, Is that really a worldbuilding topic? Aren’t natural disasters more of a … Continue reading

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New Worlds: The Shape of the World

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) I’ve been re-reading the comic book series Elfquest lately, the setting of which is usually referred to as the World of Two Moons — for the very simple and obvious … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Introduction

When I’m on a panel, or giving an interview, or answering a reader’s question, I often find myself saying that I’m “putting on my Anthropologist Hat.” You see, I spent ten years studying anthropology — first as an undergrad, then … Continue reading

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Dice Tales: Conclusion

The Dice Tales column has been running since the beginning of the year; now it’s time to bring it to a close. All the posts will remain available here on Book View Cafe, though spam prevention measures mean the comment … Continue reading

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Dice Tales: RPGs as Ritual

(This is the forty-seventh installment of Dice Tales, an ongoing series of posts about RPGs as storytelling.) *** The Dice Tales series is nearly done, but before I close it out, I want to bring up one thing that may … Continue reading

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