This March I revisited my worldbuilding lore for Burus, a fantasy setting I started writing stories about in 2014. It’s part of preparing my Burus stories for upcoming publication, and in doing so I discovered that my background material and notes are a mess. They started as an essay outlining the five major kingdoms of... Continue Reading →
Epic Music Monday!
If you have some time to spare or some interest in the life and works of J.R.R Tolkien, have a listen as Bryan Aiello and I discuss the founder of the modern fantasy genre!
Back in April I shared audio of J.R.R. Tolkien reading from The Lord of the Rings. This rare treat was thanks to the Professor’s enjoyment of recording personal readings of his work on some of the first home-use tape recorders after being introduced to them by a friend in 1952. These short stretches of audio... Continue Reading →
Click the picture below for full-size. On Art-Tastic Tuesdays I feature a selected piece of visual art that I have come across. These are pieces that have inspired my writing or beautifully frame some concept or another that I have already written or want to write about. I present them without commentary so they may... Continue Reading →
Last Saturday, I was interviewed for a writing podcast that blogger and author Bryan Aiello is trying to launch as a series. Bryan has posted these on YouTube for any to enjoy, so if you're interested in listening in to the great conversation we had you can check it out above! In it he asks... Continue Reading →
I just recently discovered this, and had no idea that such a treat for Tolkien fans existed! In 1952 Professor Tolkien encountered one of the first home-use tape recorders via a friend. In short order, it would seem that he fell in love with the device… using it to record readings of his work and... Continue Reading →
Drawn on graph paper so that he could calculate travel times between locations like countless Dungeon Masters would do decades after his books were published, I love this glimpse into Tolkien's creative process! He put such love and effort into detailing his world. I believe that's why it holds up so very well over time.... Continue Reading →