Top 10 Fantasy Authors

Ever have trouble thinking which Fantasy Authors you need to read? This week on Writers of the Dawn we discussed  J.R.R. Tolkien, Steven Erikson, Brandon Sanderson, Michael Moorcock, and Mark Lawrence in part one of our Fantasy Author list. Fantasy Authors Part 2 In the second segment we discuss Terry Goodkind, Robert Jordan, Robert E. Howard, Joe Abercrombie, Glen Cook, Geoge RR Martin, and Ursula Le Guin. When you think Fantasy do you think of epic, unexplored worlds that you’re dying to discover for yourself? All of these amazing authors have something in common – they’re need to bring life to…

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American Gods Live Stream with Big Fat Brian – Book and TV Adaptation

American Gods

I get to talk about the new American Gods TV show with Big Fat Brian on his YouTube channel at 2 pm Pacific Standard Time on Sunday May 7th. If you’re not aware, American Gods is based on the best selling novel of the same name sake by Neil Gaiman. The story revolves around Shadow, the otherwise no name felon who is released from prison after his family is killed. He eventually finds himself in a strange conversation with an older man, Mr. Wednesday, who turns his world upside-down. It seems like I’ve been doing a lot of talk about book…

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3 Reasons Characters are more important than Plot

Characters

Characters are what drives people to read and to watch. Good characters create spin-offs, book series, and sequels. Plot has to be there to make it to production but with the rise of Hollywood’s distaste for original screenwriting characters are the only thing drawing crowds these days. The characters are who we relate with. Characters are the moving pieces in the story. The plot needs to be character driven in order for people to stay engaged. Character driven plot doesn’t mean that plot is meaningless – quite the contrary – but what people are going to remember are the characters.…

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Artist Addiction: Why do authors, actors, and musicians have drug problems?

Whether you’re a musician, an author, or if your canvas is actually, well, canvas, addiction is a serious problem in the artistic community.  Drug use is increasingly in the public spotlight as celebrities speak more candidly about their lifestyle through social media. I grew up thinking that I would never have a successful music career because I didn’t want to do drugs. I actually thought that the only way to unlock the secret to rock stardom was a path through drug use. Like somehow my music wouldn’t be as legitimate as that of my drug using peers. Little did I…

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Personal Update: Mindset, Framing, & Surgery

I just spent the last 30 minutes looking through images of my surgery procedure to get a good thumbnail and ended up making myself sick instead. Turns out I have a severely deviated septum. So much so that it blocks my entire right nostril. I’ve gone through my life with severe allergies and lots of upper respiratory problems so when I found out last December that I had this issue, and it could be corrected, I thought it was a great idea. A deviated septum, for those of you not aware, is the part of your noes that runs between…

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Setting: Story Crafter’s Rule Set – Building your World

Setting is more than just the window dressing for your story. Calling it the environment in which your characters live is even too simple. Setting is an ecosystem. It is it’s own living, breathing character within your story and if you’re not treating it that way, you could be missing out on the incredible depth it could add to your world. We need to build our world. With any ecosystem, everything within it is part of a greater cycle that helps feed the environment. This includes the places and the people as well as the organisms and the clouds –…

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The Writing Process

The writing process is something means something different to everybody. Some people believe it’s about how the ideas become words on the page. Some people is about the atmosphere they create around their physical space. One thing is for sure, your process will be different than mine, which will be different from someone else’s. For big picture purposes let’s call the writing process the process in which we get from story idea to finished product. Using this definition we can speak on common terms and you and I can get more familiar with how we work and, hopefully, learn from…

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Review – Deep Time: Prophet of the Godseed

David V. Stewart takes us in a completely different direction with his second book Deep Time: Prophet of the Godseed. While his first Muramasa: Blooddrinker was a historical fantasy based in feudal Japan, Prophet of the Godseed tackles, what I can imagine, is a human race expanded not just beyond the stars but beyond the galaxy as well. With just enough technical Sci-Fi jargon to keep the most ardent Science Fiction reader interested while exploring the social constructions and life expectancy of a far flung human race restricted by the laws of time and relativity.   The flight of man…

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Cloaked in Darkness and Upcoming books to enjoy

The website is still active but there’s been a lot going on that has kept me from updating as regularly as planned. First off – though it isn’t exactly a secret at this point: my debut novella Cloaked in Darkness was released Friday in the Amazon market place. You can find it here. I want to thank everyone so much for the outpouring of support and feed back. It really means a lot to me. If you haven’t picked it up yet, it’s a short read but a great introduction to the fascinating world of Ysillia. You can read the first…

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