Epic Fantasy: Peeves and Problems

As I read back on my blog, I realized something.  I haven't made a post about tea in months. So I wracked my brain and decided to find a writing topic that also includes tea. Pacing: Why Breaks are Important Pacing in writing is important because it gives a story balance. You need to find … Continue reading Epic Fantasy: Peeves and Problems


Epic Fantasy: Queries and Quandaries

Outlining: Benefits and Banes One of the big questions that go around writing communities as a sort of ice-breaker is are you a planner or a pantser? It's a fun little game that tells people about their peers, but to an outsider, those are empty words. So let's start by defining them. A planner is … Continue reading Epic Fantasy: Queries and Quandaries

Epic Fantasy: Queries and Quandaries

The Causes of War http://vsbattles.wikia.com/wiki/Ares_(Myth) War is complicated and possibly one of the most horrific things in the world. It pits man against man and it dehumanizes everyone. No country truly ever wins a war. It's an interesting backdrop for many stories because it puts your characters through hell and back. It can be used … Continue reading Epic Fantasy: Queries and Quandaries

Epic Fantasy: Peeves and Problems

Myth Analysis: The Unicorn Unicorns are some of the most beloved mythical creatures in pop culture, perhaps because of how 'beautiful' the modern image of the unicorn is. It's easy to love an animal that's white, sparkly and poops rainbows. But the unicorn is also one of Europe's weirdest and oldest mythological creatures, appearing in … Continue reading Epic Fantasy: Peeves and Problems

Epic Fantasy: Quandaries and Questions

The Devil's in the Details Why considering all factors of a culture is important World building is complicated; all the factors that make cultures what they are today took hundreds, if not thousands of years to develop. Religion, food, music, language, economic systems, hierarchies and all of that are all really really complicated. Today, I'm … Continue reading Epic Fantasy: Quandaries and Questions

Stupendous Sci-Fi: Errors and Reroutes

Sympathetic Villains: One trend that's becoming increasingly popular is the humanization of villains so they're not just faceless evils. Which is fair. After all, watching your heroes struggle against something that's evil purely for the sake of being evil after centuries of doing the same is boring. In most mythology, the villains didn't have to … Continue reading Stupendous Sci-Fi: Errors and Reroutes

The Power of Tea and Outlining: A Personal Prose

For someone's whose blog is supposed to talk about tea, I really don't talk about tea. So... STORY TIME! I get writer's block. A lot. I'm a pantser. I have no planning skills, I run around, laughing and screaming until something makes sense. So, this year, for NaNoWriMo, I did the unthinkable. I boiled a … Continue reading The Power of Tea and Outlining: A Personal Prose