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  1. Yeah a mid-boss and final boss analogy makes sense. I’d have to tie the final boss into the plot of the first book—the demon they banished will have to make another appearance. So I need to think of mid-bosses to get me through the next two books (if I do one per school year). It basically comes down to me forming ideas, so I’ll have to let the characters, locations, and circumstances I know bounce in my head until some new ideas ripen into useable plots.
  2. Yes, I'm sure it says that somewhere in the novels. But I was taking the Companion as the ultimate in canon. My faith was unfounded. *lol*
  3. And Ben was right! Maria said it was a typo and it was fixed in the paperback version! So back to First Reasoner it is!
  4. Just so ya'll know, I emailed Maria Simons to see what the correct title of the Head of the White is. *LOL* The Companion might have a typo.
  5. Yay! Ben's here too! (I might get in touch with ASG and let him know now is the time to come back in preparation for the tv show!)
  6. There's no right or wrong way to form your story. Some people just dive right in. Others plan meticulously. My advice is if you're having problems starting, try writing a detailed outline of the novel. Break it down by chapters: 1. The Apostate a. Introduce Derick as he's running from attackers. He outsmarts them by hiding.... 2. The inn a. Derick is able to hide in the crowded inn. There, he meets up with Donna.... b. Donna knows who he is but helps him hide from roaming bandits.... 3. A respite a. Derick and Donna sneak out of town the next morning.... I've found the more detail I can get, the better. Sometimes my outlines are 20+ pages long. When I sit down to write, I have all the information I need and the scenes flow pretty well. If that doesn't work, try writing at a different spot. Don't start at the beginning. Write the last chapter. Write a scene where the love interest appears. Write the battle scene in the middle of the book. Anything that gets your creative juices flowing is a good thing! And last thing you can do is take a break from it completely. Write something totally new. Use an old idea, or a plot generator, and write SOMETHING! Maybe even try a different genre. I tried for ages to write sci-fi/fantasy. Struggled and struggled and struggled. Then I wrote a romance and it clicked. I finished my first romance novel (50,000 words) in 15 days. I wrote five complete novels in my first year of writing. (They were poorly written, but they were written.) The more you write, the more you grow, the faster you become at the craft.
  7. Hmmm, that's a good point, @Cross! I guess I'm putting too much thought into it. I'm the type that needs a concrete, solid plan to move forward, and I guess if I don't have the exact amount of books I want to write and an exact idea of when they take place within the timeline, I can't move forward. Luckily, this publisher is on the slow side, so I've got brainstorming time. It'll come if I let it rumble around in my head long enough.
  8. Let's make this our designated meeting spot till things settle. I'm not quite sure what the future holds for the White Ajah. As you all saw, Rhea has stepped down as Head and has become the new Sitter. I'm happy (and sad) to announce that I will take her place as Head (the First Weaver, according to the Wheel of Time Companion). This new switch to Clubs might displace us for a little while. But I'm here! Feel free to bring any questions, comments, or concerns my way! For the time being, let's frolic next to this adorable traveling library and have ourselves some tea!
  9. All great ideas! The thing I'm struggling with is timing of the school year. I want to avoid Harry Potter-esque Everything-Happens-At-The-End-Of-The-School-Year cliche. *lol* So I need to build good starting and stopping points throughout the school year. And then, if too many things happen, then it sort of stops the suspension of disbelief. Like, how many things can happen to this one guy (my main character). But if I skip huge chunks of time--ie: the next book being the one from summer vacation--I've lost so much valuable time to tell stories. Any advice on this dilemma?
  10. Either or. One outline I've started features them on summer vacation and supernatural things abduct them from Florida. The other begins where the first left off--at school around Thanksgiving. I need some seriously BIG plots for them to get up to at school (magical diseases, threats from outside magicians, maybe monsters since the first has a demon attack them). I've never done a series before, so I need to give some serious thought to overall themes and character arcs I'd like to see in the next two-three novels.
  11. I think it'll take as a bit to get into the swing of the new format, but I'm sure it'll be interesting once we get used to it. *grabs a cookie* Is this what happens when a bubble of evil shifts things within the White Tower?
  12. Hi DM writers! I've hit a bit of a snag in my brainstorming. I recently sold a book where the setting is a contemporary magical college in Brighton, England. My publisher wants me to turn it into a series! They like the idea of a magical school of adults. I've got a few ideas and two outlines in the works, but I need help thinking up shenanigans college-aged magicians can get into! HELP!
  13. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the ConQuesT science-fiction and fantasy convention. As stated earlier, our own Jennifer Liang and Jimmy Liang will be the con's Fan Guests of Honor! The con is this weekend (May 24th-26th, 2019) in Kansas City, Missouri. The schedule for ConQuesT is now live! If you're going to be attending, check out Jenn's and Jimmy's schedules! For those who don't know about ConQuesT, here's what they say about themselves: If you're in the area, it's a fantastic con to attend!
  14. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the ConQuesT science-fiction and fantasy convention. As stated earlier, our own Jennifer Liang and Jimmy Liang will be the con's Fan Guests of Honor! The con is this weekend (May 24th-26th, 2019) in Kansas City, Missouri. The schedule for ConQuesT is now live! If you're going to be attending, check out Jenn's and Jimmy's schedules! For those who don't know about ConQuesT, here's what they say about themselves: If you're in the area, it's a fantastic con to attend! View full news item
  15. JordanCon 11 kicks off this Friday afternoon! I can’t wait to mingle with other Wheel of Time fans. It’s like a family reunion getting to see familiar faces and meeting new additions. If you’re able to be in attendance, don’t forget to check out the Anthology signing session on Sunday morning at 10:00! Our last interview is with Sarah Sover, talking about her submission “A Faerie Tale.” First, can you tell us about your writing? Is this your first published work? I write fantasy hybrids, but this is my only short story so far. My debut novel, a comedic fantasy about grog-chugging trolls pulling a perilous heist, releases in September. So this is my first published work of fiction by 5 months! Where does your story fall on the speculative fiction scale? Fantasy meets Horror. What excited you the most with writing this story? The most exciting part has been discovering that there are people who appreciate my deranged brain-children. My weird stories finding a place to exist in the world is something I never actually thought would happen, let alone twice in one year. As exciting as the actual writing is, that beats it all, hands-down. And working with Robyn Huss. She’s amazing. Are there any themes you want readers to get a sense of? I’m going to have to go with the dangers of messing with forces beyond comprehension and flat out nihilism. For my work as a whole, there’s a definite baby-eating theme. Is there a specific inspirational source you used for this story? An image popped into my head and remained there for an entire day, so I had to jot it down. The story grew from that black-and-white picture and sat on my desktop, untouched, until I saw the call for submissions two days before the deadline. What else would you like to say to your readers? I’m thrilled to have my story featured in this Anthology alongside the works of some fantastic authors. I hope you’ll check out Double-Crossing the Bridge in the fall, and, as always, #BewareTheGoats. You can find me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @SarahJSover. View full news item
  16. JordanCon 11 kicks off this Friday afternoon! I can’t wait to mingle with other Wheel of Time fans. It’s like a family reunion getting to see familiar faces and meeting new additions. If you’re able to be in attendance, don’t forget to check out the Anthology signing session on Sunday morning at 10:00! Our last interview is with Sarah Sover, talking about her submission “A Faerie Tale.” First, can you tell us about your writing? Is this your first published work? I write fantasy hybrids, but this is my only short story so far. My debut novel, a comedic fantasy about grog-chugging trolls pulling a perilous heist, releases in September. So this is my first published work of fiction by 5 months! Where does your story fall on the speculative fiction scale? Fantasy meets Horror. What excited you the most with writing this story? The most exciting part has been discovering that there are people who appreciate my deranged brain-children. My weird stories finding a place to exist in the world is something I never actually thought would happen, let alone twice in one year. As exciting as the actual writing is, that beats it all, hands-down. And working with Robyn Huss. She’s amazing. Are there any themes you want readers to get a sense of? I’m going to have to go with the dangers of messing with forces beyond comprehension and flat out nihilism. For my work as a whole, there’s a definite baby-eating theme. Is there a specific inspirational source you used for this story? An image popped into my head and remained there for an entire day, so I had to jot it down. The story grew from that black-and-white picture and sat on my desktop, untouched, until I saw the call for submissions two days before the deadline. What else would you like to say to your readers? I’m thrilled to have my story featured in this Anthology alongside the works of some fantastic authors. I hope you’ll check out Double-Crossing the Bridge in the fall, and, as always, #BewareTheGoats. You can find me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @SarahJSover.
  17. JordanCon is quickly approaching, and our eagerness is beginning to show! This week's interview is with Tim Lewis. He tells us about "Switch," his addition to the JordanCon Anthology. First, can you tell us about your writing? Is this your first published work? This will be my first published work! I’ve been writing for decades, but only for myself as one of many hobbies. Richard Fife’s idea to create short stories for the anthology inspired me to finally stop procrastinating. The publishing process is very daunting and this was a tremendous opportunity to break into the writing world. As to my writing, is “chaotic sugar induced child at a puppy farm” a style? I have piles of notes about writing best practices from the Writer’s Track at JordanCon, and I tried to incorporate each to some level as I work to find my niche. In the beginning it was random pieces as ideas came to mind, then slowly stitching them together, reluctantly killing a few “little darlings,” and then finally obsessing about each word and phrase until I had to walk away. Where does your story fall on the speculative fiction scale? After Googling “speculative fiction scale,” this is a soft science fiction story based on a near future to add some plot devices to move the story along, but it could be placed in any era. I started down a fantasy route but as the pieces begin to evolve then sci-fi seemed to be the best world for the story. What excited you the most with writing this story? My wife reads in bed and I can gauge how good a book is when she has an emotional outburst (and wakes me up). Whether it is a laugh, a cry, a gasp, or swearing like an East Indian sailor, I can see how much joy she gets from reading. When writing “Switch,” I tried to create each of those elements, and if I’m lucky, I may have succeeded with one. Are there any themes you want readers to get a sense of? I tried to paint a normal person that people could relate to that, of course, is put into extraordinary circumstances. I have always been a fan of the reluctant hero that rises to challenge rather than racing to it head on. I also added a few references to our current political and social climate that some may find entertaining, or even frustrating. Mostly I just wanted to be able to tell a story of a person that people could identify with as themselves, or someone they know, to create that emotional connection. Is there a specific inspirational source you used for this story? I drew inspiration initially from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep to create a future with minor changes in technology, but grounded in something relatable to the reader. That is why the story takes place in my home city of Huntsville, AL, so I had some specific ground to build on. I walked down the streets and by the buildings of the exact places that are talked about in the story to inspire the writing; at one point running like an idiot around the courthouse to see if my character could actually do what I described. For the science, a YouTube video about acoustic physics and the floating drop of water became the impetus for the technology. The story also evolved into a pseudo detective noir theme, not by intention, but just organically possibly from my obsession with watching movies. The biggest inspiration and the drive of the secondary narrative was a personal view of society and unconscious bias that I wanted to portray, but I will leave it there so as not to reveal spoilers. And a huge nod to the professional editors Robyn Huss and Chris Kennedy, who were critical in pulling me off the puppy farm to get everything together into a cogent story! What else would you like to say to your readers? Simply, thank you. I hope this gives you a moment to disconnect from the world and find some enjoyment; and if I was able to get you to wake your partner up while reading my story in bed, then my work was done! If you would like to see more, check out my site at www.LewisVenture.com. View full news item
  18. JordanCon is quickly approaching, and our eagerness is beginning to show! This week's interview is with Tim Lewis. He tells us about "Switch," his addition to the JordanCon Anthology. First, can you tell us about your writing? Is this your first published work? This will be my first published work! I’ve been writing for decades, but only for myself as one of many hobbies. Richard Fife’s idea to create short stories for the anthology inspired me to finally stop procrastinating. The publishing process is very daunting and this was a tremendous opportunity to break into the writing world. As to my writing, is “chaotic sugar induced child at a puppy farm” a style? I have piles of notes about writing best practices from the Writer’s Track at JordanCon, and I tried to incorporate each to some level as I work to find my niche. In the beginning it was random pieces as ideas came to mind, then slowly stitching them together, reluctantly killing a few “little darlings,” and then finally obsessing about each word and phrase until I had to walk away. Where does your story fall on the speculative fiction scale? After Googling “speculative fiction scale,” this is a soft science fiction story based on a near future to add some plot devices to move the story along, but it could be placed in any era. I started down a fantasy route but as the pieces begin to evolve then sci-fi seemed to be the best world for the story. What excited you the most with writing this story? My wife reads in bed and I can gauge how good a book is when she has an emotional outburst (and wakes me up). Whether it is a laugh, a cry, a gasp, or swearing like an East Indian sailor, I can see how much joy she gets from reading. When writing “Switch,” I tried to create each of those elements, and if I’m lucky, I may have succeeded with one. Are there any themes you want readers to get a sense of? I tried to paint a normal person that people could relate to that, of course, is put into extraordinary circumstances. I have always been a fan of the reluctant hero that rises to challenge rather than racing to it head on. I also added a few references to our current political and social climate that some may find entertaining, or even frustrating. Mostly I just wanted to be able to tell a story of a person that people could identify with as themselves, or someone they know, to create that emotional connection. Is there a specific inspirational source you used for this story? I drew inspiration initially from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep to create a future with minor changes in technology, but grounded in something relatable to the reader. That is why the story takes place in my home city of Huntsville, AL, so I had some specific ground to build on. I walked down the streets and by the buildings of the exact places that are talked about in the story to inspire the writing; at one point running like an idiot around the courthouse to see if my character could actually do what I described. For the science, a YouTube video about acoustic physics and the floating drop of water became the impetus for the technology. The story also evolved into a pseudo detective noir theme, not by intention, but just organically possibly from my obsession with watching movies. The biggest inspiration and the drive of the secondary narrative was a personal view of society and unconscious bias that I wanted to portray, but I will leave it there so as not to reveal spoilers. And a huge nod to the professional editors Robyn Huss and Chris Kennedy, who were critical in pulling me off the puppy farm to get everything together into a cogent story! What else would you like to say to your readers? Simply, thank you. I hope this gives you a moment to disconnect from the world and find some enjoyment; and if I was able to get you to wake your partner up while reading my story in bed, then my work was done! If you would like to see more, check out my site at www.LewisVenture.com.
  19. According to a Twitter poll from Amazon Prime Video, The Wheel of Time television adaptation is the most anticipated series. (IMAGE TEXT: We have a lot of shows that started as books, but which UPCOMING book adaptation series are you most excited for? #WorldBookDay; 20% Good Omens, 26% The Expanse, 18% The Lord of the Rings, 36% The Wheel of Time) While fans of the show rejoice, and agree, it's pretty amazing that Wheel of Time could top some of the other anticipated series. Bleeding Cool states how they "were NOT expecting Wheel of Time to top that list." Understandable, considering The Lord of the Rings has been hyped up. As has Good Omens, which already has trailers, cast, and an official release date (May 31, 2019--for those who were wondering). With Wheel of Time barely in production, this is a great indicator of how much we've wanted a show to represent our beloved series! You can catch the latest updates from Rafe Judkins' Twitter feed, which he updates pretty regularly with interesting hints and tidbits. Also, stay tuned to Dragonmount for more news. View full news item
  20. According to a Twitter poll from Amazon Prime Video, The Wheel of Time television adaptation is the most anticipated series. (IMAGE TEXT: We have a lot of shows that started as books, but which UPCOMING book adaptation series are you most excited for? #WorldBookDay; 20% Good Omens, 26% The Expanse, 18% The Lord of the Rings, 36% The Wheel of Time) While fans of the show rejoice, and agree, it's pretty amazing that Wheel of Time could top some of the other anticipated series. Bleeding Cool states how they "were NOT expecting Wheel of Time to top that list." Understandable, considering The Lord of the Rings has been hyped up. As has Good Omens, which already has trailers, cast, and an official release date (May 31, 2019--for those who were wondering). With Wheel of Time barely in production, this is a great indicator of how much we've wanted a show to represent our beloved series! You can catch the latest updates from Rafe Judkins' Twitter feed, which he updates pretty regularly with interesting hints and tidbits. Also, stay tuned to Dragonmount for more news.
  21. For our next entry in the first ever JordanCon Anthology—So You Want Stories?—I got to talk to Alexandra Hill about her submission "The Bakery: Prelude to a Fairy Tale." First, can you tell us about your writing? Is this your first published work? I read really broadly, and I think that translates into what I write; I’ve either finished or am in the process of stories in a number of genres, including sci-fi, mystery, fantasy, memoir, and so-called “literary fiction.” Fantasy feels like home, though, especially in atemporal or modern settings. I love how the genre lets me ask “what if…?” not just of my characters, but of the world in which they live. I’ve published academic writing under my real name – I’m a computational biologist by training, and have a few papers out under my real name – but “The Bakery” is my first work of published fiction. Where does your story fall on the speculative fiction scale? I think the title gives it away! “The Bakery: Prelude to a Fairy Tale” is fantasy, and sets up the world before “Once upon a time.” What excited you the most with writing this story? A million years ago, my Grade 12 English class was able to pick whatever topic they wanted for their final project. My subject: “Freudian Psychoanalysis and the Evolution of the Modern Day Villain.” I had a blast. I interpreted how Freud would have interpreted the backstories of villains in three 90s Batman Movies and three novels (Perfume, Harry Potter, and Hannibal Rising). Writing this story felt as fun as that project. I loved creating my own spin on the backstory of a female villain. I think the world sees a lot of stories of men behaving badly, and having some kind of origin story for their evil and/or redemption arcs, but historically, women’s stories haven’t been explored that way. I don’t think that Elle’s life justifies any of her more “established” story, but I hope I’ve managed to create more depth to the character! Are there any themes you want readers to get a sense of? I’ve always been fascinated in peoples’ opinions of themselves. I think most people think that they’re fairly good people, but situations like Elle’s, where you’re stuck between impossible options through no fault of your own, mean that most people’s moral sense gets thrown out the window. I hope that readers ask themselves what they’d do in her place – and then really ask themselves what they’d do if they were her. Is there a specific inspirational source you used for this story? Yes. …What, you think I’m going to give away the ending? What else would you like to say to your readers? I hope you enjoy this story! If you see me at JordanCon, be sure to stop and tell me who your favorite fictional villains are. Thanks, Alexandra, for joining us at Dragonmount! And don't forget today is the last day to preorder So You Want Stories? from JordanCon's website. The convention will have a few copies on hand, but don't risk it!
  22. For our next entry in the first ever JordanCon Anthology—So You Want Stories?—I got to talk to Alexandra Hill about her submission "The Bakery: Prelude to a Fairy Tale." First, can you tell us about your writing? Is this your first published work? I read really broadly, and I think that translates into what I write; I’ve either finished or am in the process of stories in a number of genres, including sci-fi, mystery, fantasy, memoir, and so-called “literary fiction.” Fantasy feels like home, though, especially in atemporal or modern settings. I love how the genre lets me ask “what if…?” not just of my characters, but of the world in which they live. I’ve published academic writing under my real name – I’m a computational biologist by training, and have a few papers out under my real name – but “The Bakery” is my first work of published fiction. Where does your story fall on the speculative fiction scale? I think the title gives it away! “The Bakery: Prelude to a Fairy Tale” is fantasy, and sets up the world before “Once upon a time.” What excited you the most with writing this story? A million years ago, my Grade 12 English class was able to pick whatever topic they wanted for their final project. My subject: “Freudian Psychoanalysis and the Evolution of the Modern Day Villain.” I had a blast. I interpreted how Freud would have interpreted the backstories of villains in three 90s Batman Movies and three novels (Perfume, Harry Potter, and Hannibal Rising). Writing this story felt as fun as that project. I loved creating my own spin on the backstory of a female villain. I think the world sees a lot of stories of men behaving badly, and having some kind of origin story for their evil and/or redemption arcs, but historically, women’s stories haven’t been explored that way. I don’t think that Elle’s life justifies any of her more “established” story, but I hope I’ve managed to create more depth to the character! Are there any themes you want readers to get a sense of? I’ve always been fascinated in peoples’ opinions of themselves. I think most people think that they’re fairly good people, but situations like Elle’s, where you’re stuck between impossible options through no fault of your own, mean that most people’s moral sense gets thrown out the window. I hope that readers ask themselves what they’d do in her place – and then really ask themselves what they’d do if they were her. Is there a specific inspirational source you used for this story? Yes. …What, you think I’m going to give away the ending? What else would you like to say to your readers? I hope you enjoy this story! If you see me at JordanCon, be sure to stop and tell me who your favorite fictional villains are. Thanks, Alexandra, for joining us at Dragonmount! And don't forget today is the last day to preorder So You Want Stories? from JordanCon's website. The convention will have a few copies on hand, but don't risk it! View full news item
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