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What, Another Tavern? The Use of Setting in Fantasy

Before I go into this discussion of setting in narrative structure, it’s time for some caveats.  Mostly by accident I was perusing some threads on Reddit Fantasy the other day and I stumbled on one that was discussing my Facebook-based essays on characterization and dialogue.  This particular thread was something of a hate-fest.  Apparently I…
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Screw Your Hero, What Does The Sidekick Think?

POV Part Two (read Part One here) Just a few words to clarify the notion of psychic distance in fiction.  It’s been noted by readers of this essay’s first part that psychic distance can come into play when fashioning the relationship between characters, as it relates to selecting a POV.  Anomander Rake was elevated by…
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Anomander Rake and Point of View

My very first draft of Gardens of the Moon stalled after about three pages.  I spent ten minutes re-reading what I’d written to that point, and then I hit the delete button.  Not a typical start for me.  By this point I’d done an undergraduate degree in Creative Writing at the University of Victoria and…
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Rejoice, A Knife to the Heart Pre-orders

Pre-orders for REJOICE, A KNIFE TO THE HEART now open

Pre-orders Pre-orders for REJOICE, A KNIFE TO THE HEART are now open on Amazon (and Indigo, Waterstones and Amazon UK too). To switch things up a bit, I’m offering the opportunity to win a personal phone or Skype call with me. To enter, send a photo/copy of your receipt with your name and what you’d…
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Ancient Astronaut Theorists Say Yes (an indirect primer to Rejoice, A Knife to the Heart)

  Imagine a First Contact without contact, and an arrival of aliens where no aliens show up. Imagine the sudden appearance of Exclusion Zones all over the planet, into which no humans are allowed. Imagine an end to all violence, from the abusive husband down the street to nations at war.  Imagine an end to borders,…
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Fireside Conversation with Steven Erikson

You won’t want to miss this fireside conversation with Steven Erikson. In addition to talking about Malazan, Steve provides more insight about his upcoming book, Rejoice, a Knife to the Heart, talks anthropology, muses about nihilism, and much, much more. Be sure to check out the show notes with links to articles and reference materials.   Special thanks…
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Deconstructing the Siege of Pale Aftermath Scene

As promised, here is the deconstruction of the scene. Because the chapter is thirty-two pages long, and because I intend to be very precise, I’m going to do only the first section. In truth, the aftermath to the siege of Pale as written in this chapter consists of a bunch of scenes, not just one,…
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Dedication to Ian Esslemont

Are you with me, Dr. Wu?

I was sitting at my desk at Toyota Redhill, UK, when I got the news that Gardens of the Moon had found a publisher. The first thing I did was compose an email to Ian Esslemont. I gave that a lot of thought. I could imagine that, if the situation had been reversed: if he…
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Gardens of the Moon Framed Cover

Never say never…

I wrote the first draft of Gardens of the Moon in 1991, living in poverty on Saltspring Island. It took four and a half months. It was written on a Brother WP 500. Back then, the big publishers were still accepting unsolicited manuscripts. I made a photocopy of the novel and send it by post…
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The God is Not Willing shot of screen

Writing Process

I am often asked to describe my writing process (or in this instance, someone queried my revision process), so here goes. Traditionally, I have worked four hours a day; these days it’s down to three or so (am I getting more efficient? Maybe). I work in public spaces, surrounded by lots of people, and prefer…
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