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Imagine a massive city of brick and steel, with buildings stretching to dizzying heights and electrical conduits snaking through the ground to power its lights, computers, and lifts. Surrounding this city is a defensive wall, lined with battlements and dotted with great gates.
Everyone walks around wearing jerkins and breeches, and the guards patrol the streets in plate mail and armed with swords. There’s also magic, of course, elemental stuff like fire and ice and electricity, along with dark temporal summonings and white healing abilities.
For transport, horses pull passengers on floating vehicles. Greater distances are covered using large, wooden, three-mast ships capable of soaring through the sky, with wings to control their direction, and kept aloft by gas turbines.
People would be able to travel to different planets on these ships, to similar cities with similar settings.
I read once that, unless described, a fictional character is often visualized as having the same features as the person imagining him.
That means that if you’re white, you see the character as being white, and similarly for if you’re coloured.
It’s strange because, even though I am of African decent, whenever I start a new fantasy novel I always imagine all the characters as being white. This is probably due to growing up watching fantasy movies that have been dominated by white Hollywood actors. Conan the Barbarian (the 1982 version), Red Sonja, Clash of the Titans (again, the 1981 version) were all full of white characters.
And then there were the fairy tales that my young impressionable mind absorbed: Jack and the Bean Stalk, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast. You see where I’m going here.
It feels like it flew by in just a couple months. I know I say this every year, but this is the year I’m going to publish that debut novel.
Now something like that is easy to say. So in order to get things going, here’s a little recap and how I plan on accomplishing my goal.
If you’ve been following along for a while, then you know that I’ve been working on two ebooks: the short story collection Chronicles of the Cursed Crown, and the main novel Guardian of the Cursed Crown.
Progress has been slow, but I did hit a milestone.
Last year I sent the short story collection to my editor Jesse, and he already responded with his comments. Then I started revising the main novel.
So you’ve got a geek in your life. Maybe it’s your spouse, maybe a brother or sister, or maybe your child. You know they like science fiction fantasy, but what kind of Christmas present does that translate into exactly?
Well you’re in luck. Fortunately, being an expert geek myself, I’ve got some ideas for you.
Here are 5 great 2016 Christmas gifts for that geek in your life.
As a child playing jrpg’s like Final Fantasy or adventure games like Zelda, I’d always spend several minutes with the included map, gaping at the large continent and the smaller islands scattered over some imaginary ocean.
I loved looking at the mountains and rivers and villages, ancient ruins and mysterious caves, anxious to start my adventure as a character dropped off at some random point with nothing but a sword and a sack.
Even today, when I start reading a new fantasy novel, I obsess over that first page with the map of the world, trying to remember the locations of roads and cities that I’m certain the protagonist would visit.
So seeing that I have this passion, it surprises me that one of the mistakes I made when I first started writing fantasy was not truly mapping out the world my […]
The journey has been made. The torch has been lit. Now it’s time for the world’s best athletes to compete in the greatest show of skill known to mankind.
The Olympics is always a thrill to watch, and while I respect champions like Michael Phelps, Andy Murray and Simone Biles, I don’t hold every sport equally exciting.
The one discipline that’s always caught my attention and I always look out for above all others is the 200m sprint.
It blows me away to witness human beings barrelling down a track at seemingly impossible speeds to a finish line in under 20 seconds. Of course, the world record and fastest man to date is none other than Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt.
Once again he’s proved to the world that there is no one faster, and seeing him win the 100m and 200m events made me […]
It feels like the year just started and in a couple of days, months sped by.
This post is an update I plan to do every four months, not only to keep you guys informed on the progress of my writing, but also to give myself a report on how things are going, see where I’ve placed too much focus, and where I need to pick up the slack.
Unfortunately I haven’t switched back to my main novel Guardian of the Cursed Crown yet. Things have picked up so much in my life that writing has really taken a step back, the major change being the birth of my son Demarion.
Yes, I’m now a father, and it’s a great milestone. But that doesn’t mean I’ve given up writing. I just need to juggle it.
You love fantasy swords so massive they seem impossible to wield, and so mystical they have their own life story.
But these swords are pure fantasy, right? Any real version is just a disappointing mockup of cheap plastic, right?
Well that’s what I thought until I came across Men-at-Arms, a reality show about awesome guys creating the awesome swords we love – out of actual reinforced steel.
So Which ones are the greatest?
Here’s my list of the top five ultimate fantasy weapons they actually made.
Sword of Omens: Thundercats
Men-at-Arms: Sword of Omens
In the Thundercats series, the Sword of Omens is a legendary blade that can only be used by the Thundercat Lord. Being indestructible, razor-sharp, able to shoot blasts of energy, and giving Sight Beyond Sight are all just samples of what this sword is capable of.
Where would fantasy be without mystical creatures and fearsome monsters?
Even though the average logical adult dismisses them as unrealistic, there was a time people swore they exist.
And sure, we’ve all heard about dragons and unicorns and sparkling vampires, but what about the creatures that people use to talk about that for some reason never made it to this century. They deserve some credit too, right?
If you agree, then here are five interesting fantasy creatures you probably never heard of.
The Parandrus grew to the size of an ox, had the head of a stag, the branching horns of an ibex, the shaggy coat of a bear, and the legs of a deer.
Originating in Ethiopia, this creature was admired for its ability to adapt to every challenge. Like a chameleon, […]