Things we don’t talk about in Fantasy books, and how to do it right.

Cover art thanks to Pixabay. Thank you, Pixabay. When I was a kid, I read just about every book that Beverly Cleary ever wrote. Especially the Ramona books. Ramona was my girl. I would love a story about Ramona as an adult.  One story that stuck with me was Ramona and her little kindergarten classContinue reading “Things we don’t talk about in Fantasy books, and how to do it right.”

God Bless the Fantasy Fans

I speak about fantasy fans from two points of view. On the one hand, I write fantasy, and some of the Annie Wilkes level stories frighten me. But I’m also a fantasy fan, and if I ever get to meet Tamora Pierce I might embarrass myself. So when I say that fantasy fans are theContinue reading “God Bless the Fantasy Fans”

Fantasy is in the details

Let’s assume you already agree with me when I say that writing good fantasy relies heavily on world building. I mean, would the Harry Potter series be half so amazing if the world built around the story wasn’t as detailed as it is? I don’t think so, and I don’t think I’m the only oneContinue reading “Fantasy is in the details”

Geography, Maps and Weather, and How They Effect Your Story

It was a dark and stormy night. The sun was shining in the sky and the birds were singing. The mountains loomed in the distance. If you start reading a book with any of this information, you probably have some idea what kind of story it’s going to be. Your geography and weather have aContinue reading “Geography, Maps and Weather, and How They Effect Your Story”