Category: Writing

Ten Words to Stop Misspelling

Here’s a neat little mnemonic tool to help you avoid some of the most commonly misspelled words in the English language. All credit is due to theOatmeal.com, and to see the original post please go here. Click here to see the full Ten Words to Stop Misspelling

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...

The Persistently Pernicious Paradox of Publishing

While I have been writing for approximately 20 years, accumulating thousands of pages of written work, I am quite ashamed to say that I have never been published. And it has not been for the lack of trying. I have failed to have a single book published by any of...