Hello friends. I’m sorry that the blog has been irregular, inconsistent, and even silent for stretches throughout 2022 to today. What happened? In brief, last year I had a prolonged and difficult house sale and move that lasted from May to September. Immediately thereafter, I had a medical emergency that should have killed me. While... Continue Reading →
New kitten pictures! Meet Isis, everyone. :-) I’m tired in a good way this week thanks to adopting her from a local shelter last Thursday.
It has been hard to write author updates for the blog, with the last one being in the spring. Times have been rough. I lost my father in the first week of January, and my wife lost her dad at the end of May. Besides our fathers, three friends, two aunts, and an uncle have... Continue Reading →
Building My Fantasy Mapmaking Toolkit
The Burus Mapping Project started back in 2016. I crafted the setting’s basics in an essay and subsequent written notes a few years prior, but aside from a quick and now lost sketch, I’d never attempted to make a map. The project would soon become stalled, but before being shelved I produced a basic outline... Continue Reading →
Concerning Fantasy Maps and Tolkien Cartography
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 →
Even One Word is Greater Than None.
There wasn’t an update last week as I didn’t have much to report. I kept my weekly microfiction on schedule, but disrupted sleep across a chain of nights lost several days to tiredness. After getting the other side of that I made a little progress on worldbuilding with the Burus Mapping Project, with most of... Continue Reading →
Creative Cultural DNA
I’ve been thinking about the cyclical nature of lore this week. About how old stories give rise to new ones long after their initial release. I have a side idea I’ve been fleshing out that takes its themes from Transformers, G.I. Joe and a few other 1980s sci-fi toylines and their media. My concept is... Continue Reading →
Here be Sketchy Details… and That’s a Good Thing
It has been a busy week with much accomplished. We got our publishing business and personal taxes together and done. We had our first dose of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine on Friday and didn’t have any unpleasant reactions beyond what you’d expect from a flu shot: Sore arms and fatigue for about 48 hours. We were... Continue Reading →