Cashore Appreciation, Pt. 1: Fire (+Mini Book Reviews)

I finished Jane, Unlimited, and while I’ll save the review for later on in my post, I thought I’d celebrate Cashore’s newest release with a post I’ve been meaning to do for some time now. Kristin Cashore is perhaps my favorite author, for a multitude of reasons: she’s got an amazing writing style, she can … More Cashore Appreciation, Pt. 1: Fire (+Mini Book Reviews)

Why Realism Matters in Novels (+A Lot of Mini Book Reviews)

I’ve talked before about working to make a novel seem more realistic. In fact, I’ve written whole posts about them, in regards to character, world-building, plot. But perhaps before one can write a really good “realistic” novel, one has to understand why it’s so important to make it realistic in the first place. And before … More Why Realism Matters in Novels (+A Lot of Mini Book Reviews)

The Mystic Draw of Dragons (+ Mini Book Reviews)

Dragons have long been a source of wonder and intrigue. Tolkien might have created the fantasy genre with his The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings series, but he, like the rest of us, pulled from pre-existing source material. I recently read Saga of the Volsungs for a class, and found that Tolkien’s most memorable … More The Mystic Draw of Dragons (+ Mini Book Reviews)

Concepts: Creating 3D Characters (+Mini Book Reviews)

Seltzy stood in the center of a very elaborate, very beautiful workshop. Bolted to the walls were hundreds of shelves with filled with jars of random powders. One dark-brown one was labeled “pragmatic.” Another one, two shelves down and three across, was the bubblegum-pink “energetic.” And there, by the door, was a shelf with a … More Concepts: Creating 3D Characters (+Mini Book Reviews)