Tag Archives: world building

Benefits to Worldbuilding Limitations

In the world of fantasy there’s little that’s more central to worldbuilding than the magic system. Now, let’s whittle that down to limitations. To be even more specific, let’s look at how limitations can enhance further worldbuilding and the storytelling … Continue reading

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Novel Openings: Lessons from a Comparison

WARNING: I’m going to shred my own writing. Have I lost my mind? Believe it or not, no. I consider it healthy that I can look at my work with an unfiltered eye. I’m kind and compassionate when critiquing what … Continue reading

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Vistanna

She was the shade, she was the shadow, she harvested the twilight and the sunrise. She was half light, half darkness, existing in a place that was and never was. She wrote upon luminescence, the night sky her instrument, reveling … Continue reading

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My Unplanned YA Novel

The longer I write the more often I unintentionally end up with a finished product that was never planned or bears little resemblance to my original idea. Others might argue that it’s some instinctive, subconscious ability born of experience and … Continue reading

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Worldbuilding A Dynamic Society Brimming with Story Potential

Sweet mother of all! Sorry, but I couldn’t think of a different way to begin this post. Summer has arrived. I’m walking and biking. I’m seeing the benefits of yoga after only three weeks. I’m back in Pannulus. Sweet mother … Continue reading

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Self-Examination in a Time of Historical Change

In the midst of colossal, historic events I’ve retreated, not from the news, but to a place where I could learn and reflect (and also continue lockdown). My reflections first focused on myself, but later on my writing. Was I … Continue reading

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Female Friendship in Ontyre Fantasy Fiction

I don’t always set out to write themes into my work, they more often come to life on their own. When they do, I subtly enhance them later. Female friendship is a theme that entered my fiction on its own … Continue reading

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The Unexpected Animal

Animals in fiction. Truth be told, when I originally addressed the topic in 2016 it was as a joke. Then I discovered the value of animal characters in fiction. I’m keeping the original blog’s title because I loved it so … Continue reading

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Ontyre Map Series 5 – Pannulus Emerges

We now come to the close of my not-so-little map series. I’m pleased to say we don’t close with a whimper, but with the map that most fires my fantasy map passions. The Pannulus map, in short, has a history … Continue reading

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Ontyre Map Series 4 – Colorizing Tremjara

My little map series continues, though it isn’t so little anymore… Week1: Historical map influences. Week2: Fantasy maps and my first attempts at creating Carrdia. Week3: Creating the continent of Tremjara in B&W. This week, as promised, the topic is … Continue reading

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