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Red Lion and White Lion

At the end of June, I came to the final chapter of rereading/rewriting the Red Lion and then I got stuck. I couldn’t finish that novel, I realized, until I started the next one. Would it end in a celebration? A reconciliation? Did the White Lion open with that same …

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Nearing a Finish Line

Last week I finished the first draft of the final story of the project I set out to do way back in 2011: write 14 short stories and encyclopedia entries for every kingdom in Idhua and hold a launch party for them. It is exciting to be nearing completion of …

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The Spirit of Mars: War in Fantasy Fiction

Lately, I have been thinking about the portrayal of war and conflict in fantasy fiction. My novel manuscript, The Red Lion, which I am presently rewriting, takes place during wartime and such massive conflicts are frequently the backdrops of fantasy tales. Much of fantasy is about transformation – sometimes only …

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Outlining “The Wars of the Lions”

I decided earlier this year to participate in National Novel Writing Month this November. (I had a pact with myself that I wouldn’t start writing novels until I was finished with graduate school – a dissertation is a large enough writing project without adding a novel to it.) This month …