Wandering Knife Update: This Is Why You Hire An Artist

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For any writer out there wondering whether or not to hire an artist for their cover design, I present exhibits A and B. This is my sketch of the cover of Bane of Wolves side by side with the final artwork,… Continue Reading

Researching Violence: Joe Abercrombie answers my question

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I find it curious that peaceful people such as myself, who view violence as something that humans should evolve beyond as soon as possible, still love to read books and watch films that drip with the stuff. If I ever… Continue Reading

Wandering Knife Update: Cover Art Reveal

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Here is the artwork for the cover of my fantasy novella Bane of Wolves! I revealed in my last update that I often fall victim to the planning fallacy. Things always seem to take longer than I think they will. The Wandering… Continue Reading

Writing a Fantasy Series: How Far Ahead Should You Plot?

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There’s a lot of fun to be had writing a big long fat fantasy series. After all, you’re the creator of an entire world, a world with endless possibilities. At the outset, these possibilities are liberating. Anything can happen. And the… Continue Reading

Wandering Knife Update: The Planning Fallacy

It's good to have a plan.

The dreaded planning fallacy has cast a pall over my writing. I wrote in this blog last year about how my focus has shifted to working on an epic fantasy series, called the Wandering Knife. I had a grand plan… Continue Reading