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Ashes of the Dragon

Peter, I have just finished”Ashes of the Dragon. I kept it on my bedside table for a few days waiting for the right moment to start my adventure with your book. My plan was to slowly sip red wine and unhurriedly enter an imaginary land, taking days to enjoy each chapter and the anticipation and pleasure of living in my imagination for days on end.…

Something I Hate about Writing

When I decided to write novels, I pictured myself sitting at a desk pounding out one great line after authoranother. Sitting in a coffee shop, sipping on a latte, and taking in the humanity that passed by. I even imagined being called to New York City to meet with an agent or editor.…

Be True To Your Fire Within

Dragonsword & Scabbard“I really like the Dragonsword.” I turned to my Muse, Willow, and smiled. “It definitely matches the description in the book.”

“Well, it wouldn’t do much good to have it look different, now would it!” She shook her head in what I had come to understand was That was a stupid comment expression.…

ELFIN MUSE

No matter how long I stared at my laptop’s screen, the next Post for my Blog just wouldn’t magically come to me.

“That’s because I haven’t told you what it is yet,” her sarcasm preceded her into the room.

I swiveled my chair from the desk and was left with my disparaging, though devilishly imaginative, response stuck in my throat.…

Write What You Know

When I first started to write, not the forty years of unfinished manuscripts stuffed in my file cabinet, but the last four years of serious writing, I was given some writing advice. “Write what you know.” I have heard the quote is attributed to Mark Twain, but some folks have also said William Faulkner.…

Maintaining the Illusion

I published this article over at the Independent Bookworm site last October  and thought I would ncoolow post it on my own website (with a few edits). I put a lot of effort into creating fantasy worlds; complete with believable histories and realistic cultures. After investing so much of myself to lure and immerse my readers into the setting so they believe the story “could be” real, it would be ludicrous to summarily dismiss the entire illusion with just a few words or faulty imagery.…

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