Category: Writing

Authors Need Sponsors!

Salon.com has an interesting article that casts a spotlight on a rather old notion:  should authors have patrons? Back in Ye Olden Days of Yore, authors were commissioned by rich nobles and aristocrats to pen their works. Not so any more. Today, authors must eek a living from the few...

OpenOffice.org -> LibreOffice, oh my…

As a writer, I am proud to say that I have used OpenOffice.org as my primary office suite for over 5 years, and could not be happier with it. While I must admit that Microsoft Office is a good office suite product, I rather dislike its user interface (the ribbon,...

Capitalization of Fantasy Race Names, Redux

I have revised my essay on the Capitalization of Fantasy Race Names. With further consideration and additional research, I have determined that my original conclusion — that the race name should be treated as a proper noun — was wrong. Instead, fantasy race names are really common nouns, and in...

Publishers Lose Trillions to Offline Book Lending

Last week, Publisher’s Weekly reported that book publishers may be loosing $3 billion a year due to online book piracy. Piffle. The same absurd arguments have, of course, been used by the MPAA and RIAA about online movie and music piracy. $3 billion is nothing, NOTHING, compared to the trillions...

Capitalization of Fantasy Race Names

Capitalization of Fantasy Race Names by Mark William Chase I have struggled for some time with the conundrum of capitalization as it concerns the names of fantasy races. As a reader, I never really paid the matter much thought; as a writer, the issue never seems to stop troubling me....

Magic in the World of Mythania

In the world of Mythania, magic is quite prevalent and pervasive. While only a small fraction of a percent of people are able to wield magic (estimated between 0.2% to 0.5%), this still amounts to well over a million persons. Of those, less than 5% are able to display any...

The World of Mythania

Mythania lies far beyond the world we know, a planet orbiting the golden star Solaron along with her dark sister world, Atracus, locked in an eternal celestial dance. This is a world where juggernaut war machines ravage the landscape; where stupendous air fleets dominate the skies; where mighty wizards battle...

World Building: Magic

Magic. Let’s talk about magic. While magic is probably of little concern to writers of contemporary fiction, science-fiction, techno-thrillers, and similar genres, when it comes to fantasy stories, few would argue that magic is one of the most important subjects. Poorly conceived, magic can ruin a story; well conceived, magic...

World Building Month – hello world

It seems a bunch of aspiring authors are now participating in World Building Month, conceived and coordinated by Eliza Wyatt. What a wonderful idea! Hopefully, I shall be able to contribute this month with essays on Building Magic Systems, as well as some background information on the World of Mythania....

Fantasy World Building

One of the defining characteristics of the science fiction and fantasy stories is that they take place in a setting different from our everyday world (the “real world”). Even science fiction and fantasy that takes place on Earth must have some key differences that distinguish it from the real world,...