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“Magic on the Edges” Guest Post on Fantasist Enterprises

Magic—not spells and hurled fireballs, but that inspiring combination of wonder, awe, and excitement that drives artistic creation—is, for me, born on the edges of things. Edges mean boundaries and borders, tension and change and flow. In the landscapes of … Continue reading

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Podcast on Functional Nerds — with bonus woofing

John and Patrick at Functional Nerds interviewed me about Blackdog for their podcast last week, and the interview is now up here for your listening pleasure. The white dog of wickedness decided to contribute his two cents’ worth, so for … Continue reading

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Designing the devils

Connie has been working on designs for the seven devils, who are mentioned in both “The Storyteller” and Blackdog as a legend of the world that provides the basis for many stories, all beginning, “In the days of the first … Continue reading

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Heroes and Sex

My stories tend to start with a character in a situation. I don’t know exactly what’s going to happen to them, and if I have an idea where they’re going, I don’t usually know how they’re going to get there. … Continue reading

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Currently reading … Nightschool Vol. 4

… and other things. I’ve been enjoying Svetlana Chmakova’s Nightschool a lot, and have just got my hands on volume 4. Great storytelling. I like her characters; they have personality, not just a function, and there’s a lot of humour … Continue reading

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Currently reading … mostly natural history

Time for another few short book reviews — or at least, brief comments upon a few books: I’m currently (re)reading … Himalaya, by Michael Palin, and India, by Michael Wood — two of the great contemporary travel writers. Both of … Continue reading

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New book in Moth’s world

Well, I’ve had a bit of good news lately. Very Good News. That Very Long Fantasy Novel mentioned elsewhere is going to be published by Pyr. This is a novel set in the same world as “The Storyteller”, but a … Continue reading

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Storyboarding

When we began this project, the first thing I had to do was turn the short story “The Storyteller” into a script, as though it were a play, complete with stage directions. Going from the script to the storyboard was … Continue reading

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Introducing Ulfleif

Connie’s a bit pressed for time right at the moment, but she’s said I could post a little art for her. I’ve been very excited about Connie’s art since the first sketch she did for me (Nethin imprisoned in the … Continue reading

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Research

There’s a lot of research involved in writing, and just as much in illustrating. I have a degree in Medieval Studies, and many years since then of studying history on my own. Connie hasn’t had time to read nearly so … Continue reading

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