Fiction and violence Nearly all fiction writers are going to have violence of one form or another sooner or later in one of their short stories or novels. Fiction is about conflict, and violence is one of the most common forms of conflict. Even romance writers will occasionally have a sword-slinging hero rushing in to […]
Other people can’t teach you to write. Even the greatest writers of all time can’t teach you to write. Shakespeare? No. Stephen King? No. Hemingway? Not a chance. They can offer advice. They can let you know what works for them. But the truth is, what works for them might not work for you or for […]
Is reading dying or dead? It would seem so. Every few months there’s an article online or in the newspapers or magazines about how people don’t read nearly as much as they used to, or that fewer and fewer people pick up a book. But I’d argue otherwise. I think more people are reading than […]
The man behind the books Author Fred Saberhagen (1930-2007) must have been a busy person. Not only was he the creator of the Berserker series of science fiction tales, the Dracula sequence of novels, the Books of the Gods series, and a number of video games, but he was also the man responsible for The Book […]
Writers of history A while back I was in an online forum filled with fellow writers. The majority of writers and authors on the site were thriller and romance writers … the “acceptable” genres. While there I noticed a posting about historical fiction, asking what are some favorite historical novels and short stories. I started salivating […]
Once upon a time, just about anyone could be an explorer. Little more than a hundred years ago, there were still places on this Earth which had not been reached, or had been reached by very few. In those days, just about any man or woman could set out to trek off into unknown territories. […]
A brief look at fantasy During the last century, numerous authors and editors and fantasy fiction fans have pondered the different sub-genres of fantasy literature. Today the numerous sub-genres come in many shades, but there was a time not so long ago when the majority of fantasy literature was less diverse.
Have you read plenty of fantasy literature over the years? Do you think you know your stuff? If so, take the quiz below to find out just how much you really know or don’t know. And don’t worry, as you can find the quiz answers here.
For the original quiz, check out this link. A ring The Gray Mouser 1923 The Sword of Shannara Author Ursula K. Le Guin Seven Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger Cimmeria A butterfly The Knights of Solamnia, or The Solomnic Knights A giant turtle named Great A’Tuin Kahlan Amnell Florida Technically seven, though there are more […]
From Beowulf vs Breca, Muhammed Ali vs Joe Frazier, Maverick vs Iceman, Marvel vs DC, Bill Gates vs Steve Jobs, and Gary Oak vs Ash Ketchum, rivalries have been an integral part of history and culture from the beginning of civilization. They drive and fuel us to do better. To be better. Rivals aren’t just opponents to be vanquished. They’re the measuring stick […]
How I hate attaching the words review to anything I do. There is very little chance you’ll ever read or hear me talk about stuff I don’t like on-line. It’s like my mom always said “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Besides I’d rather talk about the stuff […]