Book Review: The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

I think it’s somewhat ironic, after discussing parts to whole when contemplating a book’s goodness, that I’ve stumbled across a book that just won’t give me an answer. What is good in it is well-planned and cross-referenced in a way that makes it feel like you’re solving a mystery, and books like that tend to … More Book Review: The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Book Review: Crossroads of Twilight (WoT #10) By Robert Jordan

Widely regarded as the final book of the “slog,” Crossroads of Twilight leave a lot to discuss. There are quite a few different PoVs I’d like to take a look at individually, but first I think it’s important to address a few questions: How bad is the slog, exactly? And how does it affect the … More Book Review: Crossroads of Twilight (WoT #10) By Robert Jordan

In Extremis

I write this on March 23d, on the heels of an announcement made in my state: all non-essential personnel are now mandated to stay home in order to decrease how overwhelmed the medical field is going to get as a result of this virus. For certain occupations, where it is already possible to work from … More In Extremis

On Magic and Writing

Recently I watched a video by Daniel Greene called “Dear Authors: Writing Magic Systems,” in which he discussed hard magic versus soft magic, and why one isn’t necessarily better than the other. If you aren’t familiar with his videos, I would check them out as Daniel posts fantasy-related content, like me, but better. If you … More On Magic and Writing

February Reading Reflections: Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

After my slow progress through the Wheel of Time series–which, never fear, I’m still reading!–let me tell you: I forgot how exhilarating it can be to read an entire book in less than a day. I got a week off of work to spend some time with my family, during which time I finished Lord … More February Reading Reflections: Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

A Web of Stories

In previous blog posts, I’ve discussed how you can use characters to generate plot. Naturally, you can also use known plot points to determine essential character traits that will need to be incorporated. If you know there will be a scene where your character will have to decide to trust someone, then, until that point, … More A Web of Stories