Decolonizing Magic

Originally posted on POCGamer:
Magic. It’s a core component of fantasy, but is often unevenly distributed and developed. On the outset, this seems sensical, until you dig into it a bit. At that point, other disparities and issues come into sharp relief. So this is a short post on decolonizing magic.  “Decolonizing? How can magic…

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The Art and Craft of Writing (or, the worst and best advice you’ll ever get as an author)

Originally posted on FELIX THE FOX MYSTERIES:
I’ve recently been invited to talk to a few writing groups, about the experience of transitioning from a reader, to a budding writer, to a published author. This column comes as a result of thinking about that journey, from the advice I gave and the questions I answered,…

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Is “Said” Dead?

Originally posted on Marcus Vance:
Photo by Wendy van Zyl on Pexels.com An Analysis of Dialogue Tag Use by Marcus Vance Some writers will tell you that “said” is all you need—that your dialogue itself should answer any questions as to how the character speaks, and their tone. Other writers will tell you to revel in…

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Merlin, Tamer of Dragons

Originally posted on Nicholas C. Rossis:
Merlin the wizard (c. 1400). Image: Vintage News Everyone knows the story of Merlin, the wizard genius behind Arthur’s reign. As the Vintage News reports, a chance discovery by historians at the University of Bristol added a new angle to the old tale: dragons. The historians found a set…

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