The Name of the Prose, Part 4: A Ghoti by Any Other Name is Still a Fish
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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.

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Practical Magic
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Arthur C. Clarke posited long ago that any significantly advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. I’d like to turn that aphorism on its head and suggest that any significantly advanced magic is indistinguishable from technology. Simply put, the magic of … Continue reading

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WWW Wednesday 3-20-13
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WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading. As y’all know, every Wednesday one of us answers three questions about our reading habits. This is akin to a genie’s three wish quota. We answer three questions, and only three questions, the … Continue reading

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Faith in Fiction 8: Creating a Viable Fictional Faith
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A question I frequently field when it comes to inventing religions for fiction is: How do I go about it? I always start with a real religion. This keeps me from “winging it” or just throwing stuff onto the page … Continue reading

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