Road to Realm Makers 2017: A Recap

Road to Realm Makers 2017: A Recap

Each year I’ve gone to Realm Makers, I’ve had major expectations. I expect to hear excellent instruction on writing. I expect to make new connections and to see people dressed up and having fun at the annual costume-optional banquet. And I definitely expect to be inspired to take on my dreams and plans and… Sometimes

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6 Books You Should Be Reading for Unique Worldbuilding

6 Books You Should Be Reading for Unique Worldbuilding

I’ll admit it. I like the funky mash-ups. I love the cross-genre novels that feature worldbuilding with cultures and elements that have never touched each other before. I think it’s fascinating when authors create fantasy and magic cultures as diverse as our world (which, let’s face it, is not solely medieval Europe). Unfortunately, well-written stories

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How to use games for world building

How to use games for world building

World building. There are tons of places to find inspiration for your fictional landscapes, cultures, and conflicts in your story. New writers are told to read what you want to write, not to copy, but to emulate. Books, movies, current events — they’re all fair game. But some of the most influential slices of entertainment

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Join Crosshair Press author A.C. Williams at the 2017 GalaxyFest Comic Con in Colorado Springs Colorado! Come visit her author table and grab your own signed copy of one of her exciting titles.

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Realm Makers 2016: A New Trope

Realm Makers 2016: A New Trope

Note: This was supposed to be about 700 words. There is no way, my friends. No way that’s happening. In fact, this will probably my closest attempt to publishing a full-length novel. I hope you enjoy. (Feat. photo credit: Gretchen Kuykendall Engel) When I mention Realm Makers to folks, they always ask me what it

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Sharing what you love – A Ren Faire experience

Sharing what you love – A Ren Faire experience

We went to the local Renaissance Faire this weekend. It wasn’t the biggest one I’ve attended, but it was a really enjoyable event. The day was gorgeous, sunny with a cool breeze. Perfect for wandering amongst costumed anachronistic characters welcoming us as, “milord, milady,” declaring our toddler’s stroller her “royal carriage,” and gasping at our

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Four of My Favorite Unfortunate Couples

Four of My Favorite Unfortunate Couples

It’s only the start of February, but stores have been advertising heart-shaped candy boxes and jewelry for at least the past two weeks. Valentine’s Day is coming! But is it really that huge a deal? My best friends and I used to call it Singles Awareness Day and, they might hate me for talking about

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Between the Lines: Kale Ravenwood

Between the Lines: Kale Ravenwood

RATED: PG for language Venus smells like the men’s room in a bar. And it’s not just the space port. It’s not Aphrodite City. No, Venus’s atmosphere smells like stale urine half cloaked by the cloying aroma of floral air deodorizers. Makes my head hurt. The chemical cocktail the engineers used to terraform the planet

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Of Fans and Fiction

Of Fans and Fiction

On the Crosshair Press blog this week we’re delighted to welcome the witty, brilliant, and stunningly beautiful Elena Nightingale! A recognized rabid fan herself in multiple fandoms, we can think of no one better to discuss the eccentricities of this symbiotic creator/consumer relationship.  On the latest season of Orange is the New Black, Suzanne “Crazy Eyes”

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Coffeeshop Talk: Captain’s Orders

Coffeeshop Talk: Captain’s Orders

Doing the right thing. Without a doubt, it is often one of the hardest, scariest things you may ever have to do. But for every one of us, we will probably face a decision that means doing the right thing—the hard way—or taking the easy route and doing what’s wrong. In Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter

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Write Now: 3 Points to Ponder in a Critique

Write Now: 3 Points to Ponder in a Critique

I recently had the pleasure of having one of our other Crosshair Press editors visit our home in New Jersey. We were chatting at one point about CP projects we’re working on (Stay tuned! We’ve got some awesome news coming up!) and our personal works-in-progress. It reminded me how important it is to share our

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