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New Worlds: Respect Your Elders

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Just as every society recognizes that children are not the same as adults, I think every society, to one degree or another, has respect for its elders. After all, age … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Childhood

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Every culture in the world recognizes that there are some important differences between a newborn baby and an adult, a growing child and an elderly person. We all go through … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Happy Birthday!

New Worlds started up on the first Friday of March, so this is as good a week as any to declare the six-month anniversary of the series! And, in a happy coincidence, it is also my birthday. 🙂 If you’ve … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Divination

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Prophecy is all over the place in fantasy, to the point where it’s enough of a cliche that a writer has to tread carefully in using it. The Chosen One … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Curse You!

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) If good-luck charms are one of the most common types of folk magic, I suspect curses are right up there with them. This time I don’t mean profanity (though there’s … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Lucky Charms

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) I don’t have actual scholarly statistics to back this up, but I wouldn’t be surprised if good luck charms weren’t one of the most common — maybe the most common … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Folk Magic

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) In discussions of fantasy worldbuilding, you hear a lot of talk about magic systems. About how they need to have rules. And then you wind up with something like Dungeons … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Idioms and Slang

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Slang is an incredibly tricky topic in fiction, including stuff set in the real world. Used correctly, it can be powerful tool for vividly evoking a sense of place, time, … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Profanity

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Content note: by dint of the subject matter, this post is going to contain a number of offensive words. Like last week’s essay on insults, there are a lot of … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Insults

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Content note: by dint of the subject matter, this post is going to contain a number of offensive words. You can learn a lot about a society by looking at … Continue reading

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