Five Things I Learned Writing Revelations in Cold Iron

Revelations in Cold Iron spun out of Monica Valentinelli’s Make Art Not War Challenge. I had concerns about not just the 2016 US election but all sorts of things happening around the world, including the Brexit, the French elections, the German elections, the Syrian refugee situations, climate change, science denial, educations standards around the world……

Premise: Superheroes – 100 Plot Ideas

More than simple plot hooks or adventure seeds! Download your copy now! A premise is the heart of a story summed up in a single sentence. It should provide a general overview of what happens, without spoiling anything. A good premise contains, explicitly or by implication, four key elements of the story: who the protagonists…

FAQ: How Do You Write Your Books?

How Do You Write Your Books? I usually start by brainstorming ideas in a notebook. This is to give me an idea whether there’s enough material for a whole book, and how big the book might be. Those ideas then get turned into an outline in Scrivener. I love Scrivener because I can break a…

Making Art Isn’t Just a Hobby

Over on the Dancing Lights Press website, I published a piece explaining why there’s little or no art in my books. It’s going to be boilerplate in most of the things I release going forward. If you don’t want to stop and read it, I’ll sum up: I see tabletop roleplaying as a verbal medium,…

Five Fast Fables Vol. 2

Universal Story Ideas from the Aesopica Download your copy now from DriveThruRPG! Widely believed to have been an Ethiopian slave, the stories attributed to Aesop still resonate today. The appeal of Aesop’s fables lies with the archetypal nature of his characters, and the universality of the lessons they teach us. His best-known translator, Reverend George…