The Catharsis of Hallmark Christmas

The Catharsis of Hallmark Christmas

I spent Thanksgiving week at my parents’ house in southern Alabama. I grew up in the snow-covered woods of northern Minnesota, but my folks have since decided to spend the winters of their retirement years among the magnolia trees and along the shores of a more...
City of Darkness Preview

City of Darkness Preview

The following is an excerpt from the opening sequence of “City of Darkness”: The elion opened his eyes. He lay in darkness, the earthen floor unyielding against his back. He did not know how long he had been here—hours? Days? Years? It mattered little, for...
The Seasons Turn

The Seasons Turn

Last week, I had to turn on the heat in my house for the first time since May. I resisted as long as possible, because I didn’t want to go down as the guy who turned the heat on in August, but we were having a cold snap in good old Bismarck and I had to relent. This...
Why Does Epic Fantasy Work?

Why Does Epic Fantasy Work?

This week, I’ll be presenting at Tampa Bay Comic Con, and the title of my panel will be “What Makes Epic Fantasy Epic?” Specifically, I’ll be digging into how the fantasy genre has evolved over time, why I think it succeeds as a genre, and why I write it. In terms of...

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