CHARACTERS: 3-Dimensional Beings

It isn’t possible to do this for every single character, but the ones who are really important are owed a tangible existence by the author.  Characters with no depth may appear to readers as one or two dimensional, and this should only apply to incidental characters who may only appear once or very occasionally.  I have […]

Systems of Magic: Science & Logistics

Any author worth their salt will implement consequences or some form of penalty for characters who use magic.  You cannot walk, or run, or swim without expending energy, and likewise you cannot think, or perform any sort of mental activity without doing the same.  Nevertheless, some characters may be more adept at using magic and […]

Nautical Research for Seafaring Authors

How often have you read a book that involves topics you’re passionate about? I am not referring to genre, but rather themes and subjects that may be involved.  You may have a particular interest in ancient history and mythology, or modern warfare, or in this case, the age of sail. I have a penchant for wanting […]