July, 2014

Inspiration

Melding Mind and Machine

Trancendence

In the not so distant future, we will all be ruled by machine overlords in a post-apocalyptic waste of a world. Ironically, these mechanical monsters were once our greatest creation. This is the dark future predicted for us in The Matrix. Movies like this explore the concept of artificial … read more »

Writing

Six Tips for Doing More With Less

Made from old book by Kuroro7 and Angel by lian-blackdream.  Available under CC-BY-SA 3.0.

Speculative fiction readers are interested in different things. Some of them are passionate about characters, some want to explore new worlds, and others look for a riveting plot. It’s easy to make any of these elements memorable if you throw enough words at them. While … read more »

Worldbuilding

Starting a Fictional Culture

The friendship between Jake and Nog is interesting because of their cultural differences.

Culture encompasses almost everything we do. Language, religion, and social structure all shape and are shaped by the prevailing culture. The cultures you create for your worlds will make a permanent imprint on the thoughts, feelings, and behavior of the people in them. With so many strands in … read more »

Writing

The Four Rules of Using Fake Words

The One Ring

If your story takes place in another world, none of your characters are really speaking English. They aren’t telling stories or recording history in English; they’re doing it in the language you invented for them. An English language book describing their journey is clearly an anachronism. Read more »