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...
Never a Better Time to Be a Writer

Never a Better Time to Be a Writer

Last weekend, I was a panelist at iMagicon in Minot, ND. I presented on writing and publishing epic fantasy, and during the panel, I said something I’d never have anticipated ten years ago: “Just focus on writing—publishing is the easy part. There has never been a...

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