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Elf Stone of the Neyna
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Strange Alliances


Elf Stone of the Neyna now has 42,000 words, 150 pages. It's getting there!

Excerpt from the latest writing:
“That’s why we’re holding a planning meeting.” Merne moved her hand over a portion of the table and a screen lit up. “Among us, we have brilliant strategists, Tlalit being one.” She glanced at her mate, who puckered her face in a silly grin.
Yanda felt new fascination with the peach-haired Elf woman named Tlalit.


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From Marie Judson's blog:


If you were to write a spin-off about a side character, which would you pick?

I gave this a bit of thought. When I consider favorite characters that I love including in a scene, one of them is Boldo. He's a magical medieval Wanderer. He shows up in modern time, near Kay's work, all ease and charm, bringing her enchanted yarns. He, of anyone in the story, intrinsically knows her value. And in the end, …

Regency Fantasy

Okay, some are going to laugh but I had no idea there's something called regency fantasy. So this genre is set in a regency-era fantasy world. I had to do some research. The Regency era in England, approximately 1795 and 1837, toward the end of the Georgian period and is characterised by distinctive trends in architecture, literature, fashions, politics, and culture. How do writers fit …

All Things Medieval

My latest post may have given the feeling that I don't love developing medieval scenes or having elements of a bygone world in my stories. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Some of my favorite elements in fantasy include healers, minstrels, Wanderers, craft guilds of every sort, apothecaries. In my fantasy series, Braided Dimensions, I have magical stitchery and …

Epic Fantasy Characters: What does it mean?

I had great fun this past week talking with fantasy authors about meanings of the phrase "epic fantasy characters." I contacted 25 writers. All took part in a newsletter promotion called "Epic fantasy characters." I asked, "In your mind, what makes epic fantasy characters?" I really wanted to know what is in writers' minds in this regard. Two wrote that …

High or Epic Fantasy

Fantasy stories are deemed "high" or "epic" if they have epic settings, characters, themes or plots. What makes a setting epic? High fantasy is set in an alternative or fictional world with its own rules. Well, most sci fi and fantasy is. I came across the word extraordinary to describe the main character or hero of epic fantasy. An extraordinary …

What characterizes urban fantasy?

Does it just mean it takes place in a city? I don't think so. Is it gritty? Dark fae? Typically futuristic dystopian? Urban fantasy incorporates magic—wizardry, the supernatural—in modern or future urban settings. In some plots, everyone in that world is aware of magic. At other times, only some know of it. Hence the name fantasy even if it is …

What makes steampunk unique?

I've had some vague sense that steampunk involves anachronism. Technologies out of place for their time. It might mean parallel universes since it entails a world with much of what our world has, but some alternative history took place, leaving steam trains alongside advanced tech. I decided I really must research it since I need to know if there are …

When you’re writing an emotional or difficult scene, how do you set the mood?

I realized today that I enter a difficult scene with excitement now, rather than getting intimidated by its logistics, because I know to find the emotional hook first. Rather than keeping it a cerebral exercise, I ask myself, "What does it feel like to the character?" Once I get in touch with the feelings and sensations in the setting, momentum …

What are common traps for new authors?

There are a few fallacies that writers fall into, I think, creating stumbling blocks for themselves. One of them is the fear that others will steal their plot. There are a lot of writers out there these days. I admit that. And some might decide to grab someone else's idea rather than see what emerges from their own interior realms. …

What would you say to an author who wanted to design their own cover?

Since I started writing novels, I've imagined designing my covers, expressing my vision. This is a tough topic because I kind of straddle the fence on the demand for a professional look for covers. I love when people dare to show only a part of their story, a glimpse that gives a feeling but doesn't try to convey all that's …
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