If 2020 hasn’t been wild enough, have you ever thought about what it will be like for authors who are writing stories SET in 2020 (in full or part) in the future?
A few weeks ago, I explored the 4 general plot trajectories for magic in fantasy novels. These ranged from magic as an accepted part of society to… Read more “Exploring Religion vs Science in Fantasy”
Are you familiar with the theory that there are only 7 basic plots and every story can be connected back to one of those basic premises? Man… Read more “The Role of Magic in Speculative Fiction Worlds”
As we all know, writers like to use their craft to make social commentary. What safer way is there to remark on a social, religious or political issue than to drag fictional people through the coals of said issue? It’s like holding up a mirror, but not quite as direct.
Often when you think of writers, you envision introverts or people who prefer to stay out of the spotlight. I’m not one of those people (though I’ll… Read more “My New Writer Heroes: Hamilton and Lin-Manuel Miranda”
With great power comes great responsibility. This is more than just a quote from Spider-man. It is a very real sentiment that reminds me that actions have… Read more “The Power of Storytelling”
When you think of a writer’s voice, you think of them in terms of the written word. Not their speaking voice. Today, we can listen to books… Read more “An Author’s Voice: Beyond the Pen”
In thinking about writing and creating new worlds, it’s always useful to consider our own world and your own culture to assist you in deciding what is… Read more “Color Your World Building”
Kansas City received a real treat last weekend. The Kansas City Public Library brought Tracy K. Smith, the poet laureate of the United States to do a… Read more “Writers of the World: Tracy K. Smith”
Memorial Weekend marks the 49th annual ConQuesT, a science fiction and fantasy convention put on by the KC Science Fiction and Fantasy Society and you’ll find me… Read more “ConQuesT 49”