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My first novel was also my first experience trying to create a fantasy world from the ground up. With Tolkien as my only model, I waded hip deep into Scottish history and Auld English linguistics to come up with character, clan, place and object names for my fantasy trilogy, The Mer Cycle.
Here’s what I learned: whatever names I use, it pays to simplify their spelling wherever possible. Continue reading
Every year Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) hosts an award weekend at which they honor the best in SF and fantasy fiction. This year, Book View Café is thrilled to announce that one of our own—Linda Nagata—has … Continue reading
WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading. • What are you currently reading? Right at the moment I’m reading Kevin Barry’s City of Bohane. It’s very much an Irish “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride” in that the narrative, which is omniscient … Continue reading
A sense of place plays a critical role in determining whether a reader “gets into” a story or not. Good place names can lend an aura of reality to even the most fictional of places. Conversely, an obviously made up place name in a story that pretends at reality can make a location that seems perfectly real to the author seem perfectly ridiculous to the reader. Continue reading
I am an avid consumer of romance, fantasy, and mystery in all their multitudinous subgenres, so pardon me if I digress from my usual historical conversation—unless one considers the Bush administration historical. Which it is, of course, but not what … Continue reading
In 1978, I was visiting at Greyhaven in the Bay Area. After Diana Paxson, a soon-to-be pro writer with an agent and everything, took me to call on Elizabeth Marie Pope for a never-to-be-forgotten rainy evening, we came back. I was … Continue reading
WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading. To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions… • What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next? … Continue reading
With Game of Thrones going strong, I thought it might be interesting to look at the appeal of epic fantasy. Most people, when asked what epic fantasy is, mention castles and swords, a historical feel. Most readers seem to expect it, … Continue reading
To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next? Continue reading
What if the name hadn’t been “James Bond”? What if the name Ian Fleming gave his super spy had been “Crane, Ichabod Crane?” Continue reading