Category Archives: Dungeons & Dragons

THE RELIGION OF FANTASY AND THE FANTASY OF RELIGION

Believe it or not, I actually try to avoid talking about religion, both publically and privately. It’s a subject that either makes me scared, angry, or disappointed—mostly disappointed—except when it has to do with fantasy. Yes, I’ll admit it, I … Continue reading

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IS THIS EARTH?

I really try not to be one of “those guys”—or worse, one of “those editors.” You know the ones—the people who crawl up a writer’s butt over the most minute detail, challenging every supposed cliché without an open concept of … Continue reading

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THOUGHTS ON LESTER DENT’S “WAVE THOSE TAGS”

If you haven’t read the complete text of the original essay, go back to Lester Dent’s Wave Those Tags, Part 1: Find a Name to get caught up. Having read what pulp fiction maestro Lester Dent had to say on … Continue reading

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PLEASE STOP USING INITIAL CAPS AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR CREATIVITY

I know for sure that as a reader of fantasy, and to a slightly lesser degree, science fiction, you have run across a common word with an initial cap used to convey some special emphasis, or just general “specialness,” and … Continue reading

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OUR FLIGHT TIME TODAY WILL BE…?

This post does contain spoilers through the episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones that aired Sunday, August 20, 2017 (Season 7, episode 6: “Beyond the Wall”), so read accordingly.   GAME OF THRONES SPOILERS FOLLOW: YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!   … Continue reading

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AS HENRY MILLER COMMANDS, PART 6: CEMENT A LITTLE EVERY DAY

We’ve come to what I think is the most difficult of this series of posts inspired by Henry Miller’s Eleven Commandments of Writing. If you haven’t been following along from the beginning, or want another look at the full list … Continue reading

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LOVECRAFT’S FIVE DEFINITE ELEMENTS, PART 5: THE DAMAGE IT CAUSES

We’ve come to the end of a five-part series inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s essay “Notes on Writing Weird Fiction” in which one paragraph stood out for me as the beginnings of a horror/weird fantasy manifesto: Each weird story—to speak more … Continue reading

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