Easter, a Celebration of Spring

First, let's talk about timing. For whatever reason, it's been decided that Easter is celebrated on the Sunday after the first full moon after the Vernal Equinox, also known as the Paschal Moon in the northern hemisphere. This is why Easter is a floating holiday and can occur anytime between March 22nd and April 25th. Now, a little on the etymology. Paschal comes from Middle English's Pasch; other variants include: Easter from Anglo-French, from Late Latin, Pascha; from Greek

Twitter Chats Interview Style or Why I call my series Epic Science Fantasy

All right, I meant to update every five days on my blog, but obviously I didn't make it back here on the 10th. I'm also only keeping up with two of the four original writers' discussions, as the two that I am following have much more to do with fantasy and science fiction. Is there a fantasy trope to which you are drawn? #FantasyChat I know many think the chosen one trope is overdone, but these stories still draw me in. I know others also appreciate the idea that they are the

Twitter Chats Interview Style

Over on Twitter there are many writers who challenge each other each day to share a line from their work that utilizes either a theme or a key word. We often like or retweet each other's quotes from the lines of WIPs; but lately there seems to be a different development occurring. We're asking each other about our work, to share what we like and how we do things, what we're writing about and not just vague lines that are a part of 100,000 word works in progress. In a way, we'

Elemental Bloodlines reaches 50,000 words

Elemental Alliance finished out at 103,000 words, and while I started writing the sequel, Elemental Bloodlines, before fall semester started (my day job is an adjunct writing instructor, by the way) I was only able to get 37,000 words into the delicious details before my writing became shelved by my teaching. However, as author friends do, they encourage you to write as much as possible, especially during NaNoWriMo. So while I didn't write 50,000 words in the month of Novembe

NaNoWriMo and Word Counts

Many of you may have heard about NaNoWriMo, the abbreviated form of National Novel Writing Month. Its designated month is the month of November, in spite of its horrible timing with the holiday season wherein we sprint from All Hallow's Eve through Thanksgiving and into winter seasonal shopping, (insert title of whatever holiday you celebrate here.) I've not ever officially participated in NaNoWriMo. It seems stressful to be expected a specific word count every day and to rea

The Beauty is in the Details (or lack thereof)

An important part in our craft of science fiction, science fantasy, and fantasy genres is world building. We are quite obviously writing in either a different time, place, or a different time and place; and we need our readers to understand how they live and why they react in the world they live in. The trap we often fall into, however, is the fateful purple prose. Now, a lot of writers and editors discuss this information dump in the first few pages of the novel, but really