Mind Magic: Escapism, Fantasy, and why it’s the best thing mankind invented. — BookmarkedOne

By now you know I am convinced fantasy is the best and most beautiful genre of fiction in the world. But I don’t often talk about why. A while back (yes, concerts and work and university finals, I know. I’m awake now) I stumbled across Sarah Seele’s lovely post “They Found Loveliness Everywhere.” Do go […]Continue reading “Mind Magic: Escapism, Fantasy, and why it’s the best thing mankind invented. — BookmarkedOne”

GeekDad: All Things Drizzt—Hot Summer Reveals for Forgotten Realms — GeekMom

Wizards of the Coast has announced a summer of Drizzt events, a multimedia/multiplatform series of releases featuring the Forgotten Realms and the iconic Drizzt Do’Urden. As the central character of over 30 novels, Drizzt has been explored in a huge array of situations, such as a coming-of-age story facing domestic/childhood abuse, racial discrimination, and forging… GeekDad:Continue reading “GeekDad: All Things Drizzt—Hot Summer Reveals for Forgotten Realms — GeekMom”

Understanding Old English — Nicholas C. Rossis

Geoffrey Chaucer, 1340-1400 How far back in history could you go until you could no longer understand the English language?Stanislava Suplatovich has the answer in Quora. To answer this question, she uses three examples. Here’s the first one: “See ye not yon twa bonny boys,As they play at the ba?The eldest of them is Marischal’s son,And […]Continue reading “Understanding Old English — Nicholas C. Rossis”

The Immortality of Words and Stories — The Paltry Sum

Humans are short lived creatures. Tortoises live for a few hundred years. If they had the urge to, they could rule the world, but they don’t appear to have the interest. 765 more words The Immortality of Words and Stories — The Paltry Sum

7 Tips to Write Better Fantasy with History — The Spinning Pen

7 Tips to Write Better Fantasy with History So you think you have an original fantasy world? That may be so, but creating something from nothing is nearly impossible. Much of what we create is repackaged. We borrow. We polish. We add a flame. Some of the greatest writers borrow from history to create their […]Continue reading “7 Tips to Write Better Fantasy with History — The Spinning Pen”

Worldbuilding for Fantasy Writers and Gamemasters, Part Five

FORMS OF GOVERNMENT The next thing you’re going to want to consider is what sort of government (if any) each society that inhabits your fictional world will have and how stable it is. If you take a look inside any typical history book, you will quickly realize that the story it tells is mainly concernedContinue reading “Worldbuilding for Fantasy Writers and Gamemasters, Part Five”

Worldbuilding for Fantasy Writers and Gamemasters, Part Four

DRAWING ON REAL-WORLD HISTORY, POLITICS, AND CULTURE Every worldbuilder, whether a novelist or a game designer, has to draw upon real-world history, politics, and culture to a certain extent. It’s important, however, to be sensitive to those nations and cultures that are not one’s own, particularly if they have been subject to colonialism, enslavement, andContinue reading “Worldbuilding for Fantasy Writers and Gamemasters, Part Four”

Walking in Circles — France & Vincent

It has been a very busy week, almost entirely without internet access or even a decent phone signal. Much has gone beautifully, some things most definitely not as planned and others have just been a sheer joy. Friday I woke on the moors of Yorkshire after a 400 mile drive, visited my mother in Leeds […]Continue reading “Walking in Circles — France & Vincent”

Worldbuilding for Fantasy Writers and Gamemasters, Part Three

LANGUAGES AND SYSTEMS OF WRITING I wish life was not so short… Languages take such a time, and so do all the things one wants to know about. ~J. R. R. Tolkien Famed fantasy author J. R. R. Tolkien was a great inventor of languages, and while I don’t have his linguistic background, I’ve alwaysContinue reading “Worldbuilding for Fantasy Writers and Gamemasters, Part Three”

A Song with Sue Vincent – the birth of the Silent Eye — The Silent Eye

In the near darkness, the woman’s gentle right hand came down on my shoulder from behind. It was the signal that she was ready, that we could begin either the bravest or the stupidest thing we’d ever attempted. (With the giant enneagram lovingly ‘taped’ onto the carpet of the Nightingale Centre, the cast of ‘The […]Continue reading “A Song with Sue Vincent – the birth of the Silent Eye — The Silent Eye”