Monthly Archives: April 2011

Freebie Friday – Janny Wurts

Guest blogger, Janny Wurts, shares an excerpt of her latest book: http://www.paravia.com/JannyWurts/website/Excerpts/StormedFortressExcerpt.html Readings from her books can be found here: http://www.paravia.com/JannyWurts/Version3/Audio/Readings.html For folks unfamiliar with her work, To Ride Hell’s Chasm is a standalone fantasy with a plot that wraps … Continue reading

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Why book fans need media and gaming fans (and vice versa)

by Gail Z. Martin I run into some groups of fans who have a “separate but equal” view when it comes to conventions. Some book fans get twitchy around fans whose primary experience with the genre comes via gaming, movies … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name?

by Crymsyn Hart How do you find the name of your character? Do you scour name them after your best friends or other people that you know? Do you use some random name that pops into your head? Or do … Continue reading

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CYCLE OF FIRE IN AUDIO – PAYING FORWARD MY EXPERIENCE

by Janny Wurts In celebration of the delightful thrill of seeing my Cycle of Fire trilogy released in audio format, the moment seems ripe to share some of the helpful particulars of my experience – which, with a bow to … Continue reading

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Metaphysical Entity

By Tina R. McSwain This category includes beings that are neither human nor demon but something in between. While our modern world may scoff at tales of leprechauns, imps, sprites and fairies, centuries of stories and alleged encounters make them … Continue reading

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Freebie Friday – Michele Lang

Guest blogger, Michele Lang  shares a free story titled “The Walled Garden” — it’s a re-release of a story she wrote for the Mammoth Book of Time Travel Romance: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/21877

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Bringing up the kids in the (fandom) faith

by Gail Z. Martin As a parent, I know that—intentionally or unintentionally—you instill your values by example into the next generation. Your kids see what’s really important to you—by your actions more than your words. Many parents struggle to instill … Continue reading

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Synoptic Failure (Or a Deadline is a Terrible Thing to Waste)

by J. F. Lewis That’s not a typo. It isn’t. In the title, I didn’t mean synaptic failure (to which one may be prone after staying up too long writing… or playing Patapon).  Synoptic failure is a personal writing challenge … Continue reading

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Word Alchemy — Writing Historical Fantasy

by Michele Lang Writers of historical fantasy face so many pitfalls.  We have to get our historical facts right, and capture the truth of a place we can never visit – the past.  We have to build a believable world … Continue reading

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What is Smudging?

By Tina R. McSwain We recently spoke about “Spirit Rescue”. One of the techniques used in spirit rescue is the practice of smudging. Smudging is a process whereby you light white sage and let it burn. This practice dates back … Continue reading

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