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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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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Choosing the right words

Choosing the right words

I am nothing if not a grammar nerd. This fact is embarrassingly obvious as I’ve been doing research for my Western/slightly-Steampunk story, due out later this year. The way words were once used versus our common usage today has always fascinated me. When writers build worlds, whether real or imaginary, the words we use in description

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Birdcages: Aurelia and the Albatross

Birdcages: Aurelia and the Albatross

The docks are quiet this early in the morning, no one awake except the bakers wafting yeasty smells from their brick ovens. The clock tower across the bridge wheezes and groans, its resigned chiming reluctantly acknowledging a new day. Londinium is two-tone this morning, shades of gray and sepia outlining the edges of stone buildings

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Birdcages: The Gift of Memory

Birdcages: The Gift of Memory

by A.C. Williams Old Man Harrington’s got a parrot-bird that’s squawking like a banshee from its perch in an ugly cage. But I cannae say who I pity more, the poor beastie or the fool Harrington cons into buying it. Mr. Quinby pokes his old wet nose in the back of my knee to nudge

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Fandom Fix: Welcome to the World of Steampunk

Fandom Fix: Welcome to the World of Steampunk

Besides being an imaginatrix of steampunk tales, Valuria T. Englehart is an avid 19th-century adventurer and practitioner of temporal peregration–the latter of which is known to the less linguistically pretentious as “time travel.” She makes a point of popping by the 21st century every now and then, just to chuckle at the latest inventions. Though

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