Category: Historical Fantasy

Historical Accuracy in Writing

Hi Jim, I was wondering how important you feel it is to portray history accurately, even in a fantasy universe? Thanks, Mike Hi Mike, It really depends on how close to reality your story is. If you’re doing a sort-of ‘what if’ story, you can pretty much do whatever you want… to a point. I’d say no matter what the case, you really do … Read More Historical Accuracy in Writing

Author’s Advice Pt. 8

How difficult is it? Heh, unbelievably if you go the traditional route! Even if you go the indie route, it’s difficult… Okay, that’s the short -literal- answer. Here’s the real one: So you’ve got an idea in your head. You’ve got a story you want to write, now you want to write it and get it published… awesome! So how do you do it? … Read More Author’s Advice Pt. 8

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Author’s Advice Pt. 6

Leave the politics at the door. I was initially hesitant about writing this one, running the risk of being ironic, so I’ll apologize in advance if any of my own political beliefs make their way into this post (I am trying hard to prevent it!) Now what do I mean by this? Well put it this way… have you ever gone to see a … Read More Author’s Advice Pt. 6

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Author’s Advice Pt. 6

Leave the politics at the door. I was initially hesitant about writing this one, running the risk of being ironic, so I’ll apologize in advance if any of my own political beliefs make their way into this post (I am trying hard to prevent it!) Now what do I mean by this? Well put it this way… have you ever gone to see a … Read More Author’s Advice Pt. 6

Author Advice Pt. 5

One thing I’ve had to continuously tell myself over and over again is not to write with a bad attitude. I’m not kidding, if it’s time for you to write and you’re mad, annoyed, or just upset about something it’s not a good time to strike the keys. Stop, put the laptop down, and go do something else. The problem with writing while angry … Read More Author Advice Pt. 5

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Author Advice Pt 4

Rules of grammar and spelling… I have a feeling that this one will get me a few rolled eyes, but we all remember or… partially recall studying where to place comma’s, how to punctuate, and how to spell. This is all stuff we know. However, are those rules solid? Must they always be followed? Absolutely not! You’re going to find in your writing that, … Read More Author Advice Pt 4

Author Advice Pt. 3

Rewrites are our friends. I know, it’s hard. You’ve just spent days, if not weeks getting your story down on a piece of paper or into a Word file. You’ve worked hard on it, but something just isn’t right. It doesn’t flow and no matter how many times you change things in the story, it still doesn’t work. Now you’re thinking, maybe I should … Read More Author Advice Pt. 3

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Destiny: Divinity’s Finale, Book 4, Chapter 2

II   Melisande and the group returned to the Black Vengeance. Worn out, she took to the cabin and closed the door. More than anything at that moment, she just wanted to be alone. Baltazar watched her and shook his head, “Poor girl, this just doesn’t seem right somehow. We came all this way just […]

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Destiny: Divinity’s Finale, Book 4, Chapter 4

IV   Melisande ran to the forecastle and leaned over the side. It was getting dark and most of the crew wasn’t paying attention to her. She suddenly began to vomit as tears fell out of her eyes. Her lungs ached as she tried to draw breath and regain her composure. She continued to lean […]

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Destiny: Divinity’s Finale, Book 4, Chapter 3

III   As the longboat neared the ship, Lailah’s eyes scanned the ship suspiciously and focused on the black and red flag on the back. She quickly turned to Melisande, “Pirates? That’s who you’ve cast your lot with?” Melisande looked Lailah in the eye as responded sternly, “They are finer people than any I have […]

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Destiny: Divinity’s Finale, Book 4, Chapter 1

Book 4 Dark Revelations I The next morning, Melisande woke up on the forecastle, once again sleeping on Baltazar’s shoulder. The last time this happened, her heart jumped and she panicked. This time, she didn’t move. She was comfortable and more relaxed. Baltazar was roused by her movements and smiled, “Good morning.” “Good morning, though […]

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Destiny: Divinity’s Finale, Book 3, Chapter 5

V   Melisande woke up the next morning in the cabin of the Black Vengeance. There was another set of clothes waiting for her. A new blouse, vest, and trousers sat folded on the edge of the bed. While these weren’t as fashionable as the ones Baltazar left for her before, they would allow her […]