I’ve been doing some reading online about fantasy tropes and cliches. I’ve noticed that there seems to be some standard “rules” to follow if you find yourself the main character in a fantasy story:
1. You instinctively know who the Good Guys are and who the Bad Guys are.
Continue reading The Rules of Fantasy
Me and Gimp are trying to get along. I finally have my land mass and waterways figured out, I think. I need to add mountains on the east side of the northern half of the continent. I’ll attach a picture below.
Continue reading World Building: Geography
So I’m trying to do some world building on my new story. I’m working on the “international trade” part currently. I have developed a list of items that can be considered “exports”. Here’s where y’all come in: Look over the list and tell me what I might be missing. The world has dwarves in the mountains, elves in the forests, nomadic trolls living in a desert, and human kingdoms wrapped around a large sea, open to the ocean on one end. Let me know what you think. Continue reading World Building: Trading
So the leader of our local writing group presented us with an awesome piece of artwork by Ariel Burgess to use as a writing prompt. Here’s the picture, and my story is after the break…
Continue reading Writing Diversion
So I’ve been busy pinning stuff to Pinterest as inspiration for the new book. Check it out!
Three boards that apply to the new book: Alignments, Brighton’s Abandoned Garden, and Lord Guardian Thraeldar’s Bracer. Enjoy! If you see anything that might fit, share it with me.
Felt like posting a quick excerpt from my new story. This is actually the end of Chapter 1. Hope you enjoy it!
Continue reading Excerpt from My next book: Traitor
I mentioned prior to NaNo that I would post my dwarf story. Of the new world building stories, I think this one might have a good chance at being my favorite. Definitely a challenge to Elfling, in any respect.
I hope both my readers like it. Continue reading Not Every Girl’s Dream
So apparently those that answered my Facebook question wanted to see the story of the troll before the dwarf. (I did have one vote for a gnome. Sorry Robin, no gnomes in this one.)
Read on for the story:
Continue reading Trolls, Ancestors, and Reincarnation
At long last, the final installment of The Elfling. Hope you enjoy it!
Continue reading The Elfling – Chapter 4 (The End)
Just a quick check…
My blog traffic on the last few posts is zero. I know that there a few email subscribers, and the stats there are a bit more promising in that they show 3 people accessing my latest post.
With an eye toward optimizing my time usage, Id like to ask a favor of anyone reading these posts. could you either pop by the blog and leave a comment, or shoot an email to me (author-at-jandrewjansen.com) just to confirm that there is someone looking at these?
If so, I will continue. If not, I will put my energy elsewhere.