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Tasirs and pakas and raakkis, oh my…

Posted by nightphoenix on March 23, 2012 in Output, Process |

When I first started the Visions bestiary, I basically scoured my D&D Monster Manual and online sources, looking for interesting mythological creatures, and dumped them in more or less as they were. I had always planned to go through and “tweak” the critters, making them unique to the world…and I did that with some of […]

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Fantasy and government

Posted by nightphoenix on February 29, 2012 in Output |

Slogging my way through Promises. There was a week where I was hitting around 1,000 words a day, but things have slowed down as I’ve been having to do a combination of rethinking, re-plotting, and worldbuilding. The political situation on Caosgi, the world Saeli and Co. are currently on, has always been the most difficult […]

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Characters with magic are so difficult to put in peril

Posted by nightphoenix on September 17, 2011 in Novels, Output, Process |

Seriously. Here’s the situation. Saeli, Raphel, Mora, and Kaladan are on a world that is, due to a series of unfortunate events involving three jealous goddesses, one naive god, and a very angry angelic…well, doomed. Said goddesses created an extremely infectious disease that eventually rendered every single female on the planet unable to bear children. […]

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Epics

Posted by nightphoenix on May 27, 2011 in Books, Input, Process |

I just finished the Winds of the Forelands series by David B. Coe, and as fantasy epics go, it was pretty good. It’s rare that I pick up a series at random and have it be unique enough to hold my interest. Although it had many of the classic tropes of epics, they were combined […]

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Apple-spice candy

Posted by nightphoenix on March 21, 2011 in Process |

Actually, this post is about dreams. Specifically, the small and sometimes nonsensical details that dreams create. Many of my story ideas come from dreams. Usually two or three dreams that have been fleshed out, expanded upon, and changed where needed to make a coherent plot. Most often, the main element a dream will leave me […]

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Ecology of Shades

Posted by nightphoenix on September 25, 2010 in Novels, Output |

One of the many things that The Way of Kings made me think about was the ecology of fantasy worlds. That was the one aspect of James Cameron’s Avatar that flat-out impressed me: how thought out Pandora was as a functioning ecology. Everything in that world, plants and animals alike, looked uniquely Pandoran (except, incidentally, […]

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Back…

Posted by nightphoenix on September 15, 2010 in Novels, Output, Process |

…from Tennessee, that is. Went on a trip with Eli and my mom to her property up there. It was fun and relaxing, except for the part when we almost hit a deer. That was kind of scary. No internet or cell phone service up there, so I’ve been a bit out of touch these […]

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Some things that have little to do with one another

Posted by Mistress of Feathers on August 10, 2010 in Books, News, Novels, Output |

I read The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau in one day, almost in a single sitting. My husband got kind of boggle-eyed when I told him that, and yeah, I guess that’s a bit quick, even for me. I mean, it usually takes me at least a whole day, maybe two, to plow through […]

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New story idea

Posted by nightphoenix on April 6, 2010 in Novels, Output, Process |

Well, it has been a ridiculously long white since I’ve updated here, but I guess maybe I can blame Easter. And Eli being sick…and me being sick…and, and…oh well. The visit to family for Easter went well; Eli got to play with family that doesn’t get to see him that often, and Jon and I […]

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