Tag: Classical

Author’s Advice Pt. 9

Exposition is out of style and no one likes it. This is my personal opinion based on what I’ve seen from my readers, as well as myself. There is no bigger turnoff to reading than seeing a huge, page-long, paragraph describing a person, place, or thing. I understand that sometimes they are needed and you do need to break up dialogue and action scenes, … Read More Author’s Advice Pt. 9

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Vampires Suck!?!?

First there was high fantasy… elves, dwarves, orcs, goblins, and the race of man… people saw it and were pleased. (1970s) Then came the aliens craze, starting with horror, and moving into action and urban fantasy. People saw it and were pleased… (Late 70s-1980s) Then came angels. They were sensitive, romantic, and powerful. Drama lovers saw it and were pleased. (1990s) Now… well… So … Read More Vampires Suck!?!?

Quests… The Chase… and Inspiration…

What is it about the chase? What is it about going on a quest that makes the journey as (if not more) enjoyable and rewarding than the prize that hides at the end? Why are we as humans so addicted to such endeavors? Does it improve our lives? Not always… in fact in many cases, we’re made worse. Often a quest for knowledge or … Read More Quests… The Chase… and Inspiration…

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Dwarves

So I’ve talked in great detail about one of the main feature races to my story, elves… but what about dwarves? Physical description.  So there are various descriptions of them. Most agree that they have long beards, are very stout, deceptively strong, and seem to have an odd fixation with mining. Other descriptions suggest noses and ears that match, or are even larger than … Read More Dwarves

What makes bad people tick?

As a writer, this is something that I’ve explored for a long time now. Why does a bad person become bad? Why do they do bad things, what is the motivation? Just the other day, I was walking to my car from work. I was wearing my normal leather jacket. In Boston it’s very cold at this time of year. As I neared the … Read More What makes bad people tick?

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Angels

You will notice that I am hesitant to call angels ‘mythological creatures.’ This is mostly because of my christian belief… so I do actually think they truly exist. What is an angel? Simply put, an often-winged creature that is a servant of a God. Their jobs include messenger, voice, soldier, guide, and many more. Unfortunately, most depictions of angels are not accurate per the … Read More Angels

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Character Interview

So it is my greatest pleasure to introduce everyone to a character from a new and exciting story, Divinity. Ladies and Gentlemen, Adalyn, the mighty Angel responsible for saving all of existence during the Celestial War and a hero among her people. Adalyn: Hello, thank you for inviting me. :Thank you for accepting. We’ll try not to take up too much of your time … Read More Character Interview

Half-elf description

I’ve looked through the different works and various forms of elves and what their half-breed children are like. Half Breeds in some stories look like their human parent, almost completely and I’ll explain why below… In other stories, they are mixed, though in most, they have slightly pointed ears, but otherwise look like humans. So far, there is one consistency; elven genes are recessive … Read More Half-elf description

Don’t write while sick…

I’m not kidding. Write when you’re sad, it’s when the best poetry comes out, often. Write when you’re angry… you’ll be surprised how much you get done rage writing… though you may have a lot of editing to do. Write when you’re frustrated, it’s therapeutic to take out your frustrations on your characters who have done nothing wrong to you. Yes, write in most … Read More Don’t write while sick…

Killing off a Character…

This is a tough thing to do sometimes, unless you’ve set that character up to die from the start. If you have an Obi Wan Kenobi just waiting to be sacrificed for the main character’s development, that’s one thing, but what about a character whom you may not have initially intended to kill off? What about a character that’s had significant development and may … Read More Killing off a Character…

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Divinity in Hardcover

After a long time of waiting, the Hardcover version of Divinity has finally made it to circulation! It can be purchased at (hopefully) all major retailers and online. Here is the Amazon listing.  Divinity: Giovanni was a poor fisherman living in 16th Century Venice. His entire family had been lost to the white plague. He suffered through their deaths only to discover that he … Read More Divinity in Hardcover

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Divinity, Part 1, Book 1: Before the Fall, Chapter 1

I A cool breezed passed through Azrael’s hair as he and his apprentice, Adalyn, touched down on the steps of the Most High’s temple. It was a beautiful morning in the Celestial World. There was not a cloud in the sky to impede their flight. Azrael landed first, his silver armor still showing tarnish from the days of war long passed. His wings were … Read More Divinity, Part 1, Book 1: Before the Fall, Chapter 1