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'Wheel of Time' So Far

November 30, 2021 | By: Blaize

Only a handful of authors have ever been able to create a world with the depth, breadth, and scope of Tolkien’s Middle Earth. Among those select few would be Robert Jordan and his Wheel of Time series. Robert Jordan didn’t write all the books, but still, he seeded the work...

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How To Edit Your Writing Project (Book, Novel, Story, Etc.)

November 16, 2021 | By: Blaize

Michael Crichton once said, “Books aren’t written - they’re rewritten. Including your own.” He’s right, and that process of rewriting is editing. When he started writing, editing literally meant rewriting things time and again, but with modern technology, this process is iterative such that your manuscript evolves from a crude...

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How To Edit Your Writing Project (Book, Novel, Story, Etc.)

November 16, 2021 | By: Blaize

Michael Crichton once said, “Books aren’t written - they’re rewritten. Including your own.” He’s right, and that process of rewriting is editing. When he started writing, editing literally meant rewriting things time and again, but with modern technology, this process is iterative such that your manuscript evolves from a crude...

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How To Write a Reader-Grabbing Book Blurb

November 09, 2021 | By: Blaize

Book blurbs or to fiction as bait is to fishing – you want to present the best bait possible to lure the fish in. Attracting readers with a book blurb is no different. In this video, we’ll look at the elements that go into crafting a book blurb that is...

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iPhone? BORING! Give the Gift of Experience

November 06, 2021 | By: Blaize

Christmas of 2020 was undoubtedly one that will be hard to forget – we experienced it amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the traditional gatherings were canceled or substantially revised because of the pandemic. Still, we lived through it. Now we’re on the backside of it, facing some of the...

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How To Create A Fantasy Map For Your Novel, Game, or Book

November 02, 2021 | By: Blaize

Maps are a quintessential part of the fantasy experience, whether you’re writing a novel, creating a game, making a magazine, blog, or whatever it may be. It may look hard, but creating a map is easier to than you may think. In this video, I’ll walk you through how to...

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Legacy of the Legend is Done!

October 24, 2021 | By: Blaize

My third novel is officially done! I’m going to do one more read through just to make sure I’m satisfied with it, then I’ll release it to into the wild! I don’t have anything firm yet, but I’m guessing the middle of November for a release date. I’m excited about...

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Dune is More Than a Pile of Sand

October 23, 2021 | By: Blaize

Movie reviews aren’t my thing, but given that I absolutely love the book Dune, I felt almost compelled to do one about the most recent attempt to make this masterpiece novel into a film worthy enough to bear its name—and the most recent make does. Dune is a rare example...

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How To Make an Awesome Book Cover for Your Book

October 12, 2021 | By: Blaize

We say, “don’t judge a book by its cover,” yet we do it all the time. A potential reader’s first impression of a book made by whatever is on the front cover, which is why you need an attractive design for your book. Sometimes, getting a book cover designed can...

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A Bad Photo

October 12, 2021 | By: Blaize

Besides writing, I love photography. In fact, this site used to be primarily dedicated to photography. I haven’t given up on that; rather, the kind of time commitments photography takes is one that I have a hard time justifying. I do occasionally get to get out a shoot something. Here’s...

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Video Games Are Better Than Movies

October 05, 2021 | By: Blaize

As much as I hate to admit (actually, I don’t) video games had a huge impact on me as a writer, probably more so than movies. There have been countless fantasy-themed video games such that It’s impossible for me or anyone document them all, but I can at least do...

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'80s Fantasy Movies You MUST See

September 27, 2021 | By: Blaize

The ’80s were almost a golden era for fantasy movies, but despite all the films we got during the decade, none of them delivered something truly revolutionary or remembered as an outstanding movie. For many, the 80’s fantasy movies are epitomized by Conan the Barbarian and its clone, The Beastmaster....

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Terry Brooks: Why I Write about Elves

September 21, 2021 | By: Blaize

Terry Brooks was and is a huge influence on why I took up writing. I want to explorer this at some point in a future essay, but for now think this will suffice. Brooks did a TED Talk in 2012 that I resonate with. He write fantasy as a way...

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My Fiction Is Truer Than Your Lies

September 16, 2021 | By: Blaize

We as a species are story-obsessed. Stories are a universal human experience that goes back well beyond recorded history. Much of what we know about the ancient past comes from stories being told and retold. Stories were a way of carrying forward traditions from one generation to the next. Storytellers,...

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If I Beleived in Fairies

September 04, 2021 | By: Blaize

Suppose you asked me ten years ago what I thought the greatest threat to humanity was in the modern era. In that case, I might have said war, disease, a radical political ideology, or something like that. These things certainly are grave threats that people face every day, but I...

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Work on Novel #5, The Rise of Chaos

September 02, 2021 | By: Blaize

Work on my fifth #novel has commenced. The Rise of Chaos will probably be released this time next year. Subscribe to my newsletter to stay up to date and get your free complimentary eBook copy of Shadow of the Demon!

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Cover Art for Novel #3, Legacy of the Legend

September 01, 2021 | By: Blaize

I’m excited about this cover art for my third novel, Legacy of the Legend. I went back and forth with several different concepts, but after playing with this one, it grew on me. It captured the mood of the novel and so many other things about what’s going on. I...

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Hurricanes Suck...

August 28, 2021 | By: Blaize

I’m sitting in a coffee shop (Brakeman’s Coffee in Matthews, NC) right now as Hurricane Ida is churning in the Gulf of Mexico. While that may seem pretty normal, coffee shops became a staple for me in the post-Katrina world when I lived a gypsy life for about a year....

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I'm Selling eBooks Direct Now!

August 26, 2021 | By: Blaize

Since I started selling books about a year ago, I have mostly sold through Amazon. Amazon is a great platform. You can get wide reach lots of new readers through the platform, and that’s great. As a writer, one thing that I think makes the experience even better than have...

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Writing in the Crazy Times

August 24, 2021 | By: Blaize

When I wrote my first novel, I wrote simply to do it. I had always wanted to write a novel, and after many false starts, I committed to finishing one. I started with an idea, put the first words on paper, and then wrote the first half of the book...

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