Limits of Magic

(Publishing news will be up for next Friday, as I am without Internet most of this week–yes, this was a prescheduled blog!)Magic in fantasy can be big or small; it can be the point of the novel, or just a setting; it can be something desired–or something hated. Sometimes it’s hidden, sometimes it’s something that has always been there for everyone. Sometimes you’re born with, and sometimes it’s Maybelline created with carefully studied spells and ingredients.

How available is magic in your world? How powerful is it? What can it not do? Who can get it?

In stories, you may not have limits on the magic at all beyond the horrific consequences of using it, or of prohibiting it. Or, magic may be limited to only a few people, and the consequences of elitism. It really depends on the focus of the story.

Determining limits on magic in a book comes down to a game of imagining consequences.

Step 1: What is the message of the story?

Step 2…

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Goals for 2015

I love setting goals. Like, I love it a stupid amount. Big goals that break down into little goals with smaller steps that have little check-boxes next to them. I’m a To Do List junkie–the type of person who spends probably a little too much time scheduling and creating those pretty little check boxes (which I still draw in proper kanji stroke-order, because Japan). I browsed amazon for the perfect day planner (it has a to-do list section) and I have a gigantic desk calendar to help me keep track of important dates and monthly goals at a glance.

That said, I’m not that great at sticking to these schedules, but I like to have them anyway. They remind me where I’m going and give me something to set my sights on in the distance. They’re my way of dreaming about the future, of showing myself that dreams are within walking distance if you’re willing to take the steps, even if you take them slowly, or out of order.

Writing Goals for 2015…


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Hunters Unlucky Episode 22 – AH Worlds – Episode 98

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“Hunters Unlucky” is an epic in the tradition of Jungle Book and Watership Down. The first episode aired on Nov 10th. It will run two episodes per week on Mon and Thur through July 2, 2015. All but Parts 1 and 2 will be removed from the feed on July 16. The entire book is available right now, with no intros or outros, on Audible.com.

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Teaser Tuesday: Sorrow’s Peak

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eBook

Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada, Amazon Australia, Amazon Germany, Amazon France, Amazon Spain, Amazon Mexico, Amazon Brazil, Amazon Italy & Amazon India

Paperback

Amazon

Audiobook

Coming soon…

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2015 Updates and BIG NEWS!

Last year kicked off with the inaugural seven-day Smoky Writers Retreat at the end of January and ended with a nearly finished fantasy manuscript, a short story, and a whole bunch of audiobook contracts. I also went back to school for another degree. This year is either going to be awesome or make me cry. Possibly both.

Though the second Smoky Writers retreat isn’t until February this year, 2015 started with some really awesome news. Are you ready for it?

Are you sure?

As of this week, I’m the newest assistant editor of Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show Magazine!

Get it, boys.

Get it, boys.

I’ve been writing “Lady Lauren’s Panacea”, the magazine’s fantasy book review column for the past year and a half, and I received the offer in the midst of my promotion for EXORCISING AARON NGUYEN’s KDP Select Free days. For the foreseeable future, I will try to do both…

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Hunters Unlucky Episode 21 – AH Worlds – Episode 97

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Silent Sunday

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