Worldbuilding as Afterthought

There’s a guest post up on Chuck Wendig’s website that begins as follows: I think Tolkien is one of the most toxic influences on speculative fiction.  It’s not because of his dodgy racial overtones in making all the orcs dark, degenerate Elves, or the way he pounded Tom Bombadil’s godawful Vogon poetry into our eardrums.…

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Reading as a Subversive Act

When I was in elementary school I was already an avid reader. I would attempt to read anything that sounded interesting to me, regardless of whether it was age-appropriate or at my reading level. Assessments always said that I was reading at a higher grade level, and I contend that’s because I wasn’t constrained to…

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Allow Me To Brag About My Best Sellers

Because the majority of my sales happen over the weekend, I always do the bookkeeping for Dancing Lights Press on Monday morning. This includes running various reports and checking sales figures for individual titles. Because it’s the end of the month, I’ve also started pulling together some data for the monthly reports. Based on those…

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Buy Me a Coffee

As we head into the new year, I want get out of the apartment more often. It’s not a resolution, or even a goal. I certainly wouldn’t classify it as a need. I just miss working in libraries and coffee shops, the way I did back in Albuquerque. They’re quiet, pleasant spaces, generally free from…

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How Can You Tell Better Stories with a Tabletop Roleplaying Game?

ReadWriteRoll is a system for readers, writers, and roleplayers who love telling stories with friends! It combines familiar d20-style mechanics with story game sensibilities to create a simple system designed around the way stories are constructed. The core mechanic is simple – roll a d20, add modifiers, and determine if the total is high or…

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