Amazon Giveaway

UPDATE: Giveaway has now ended. Congrats to all five winners, I hope you enjoy your read. To those who did not win, thanks for being interested and better luck next time.  For those who want the book but aren't interested in waiting for my next giveaway, it is available for purchase as an ebook or print …

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Fantastically Disturbing Implications

This is more musing on my part than an educational – or ranting – essay.   Fantasy, as a genre, has become a tree of many different sub-genres and trends – all sprouting, according to most, from Tolkien’s magnum opus. Tolkien, however, based his work heavily on myths, epics, and sagas of real world cultures. …

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Contrast, Foreshadowing, Mood, Ice and Fire

Something that’s been driving me nuts in the A Song of Ice and Fire fandom lately is all the jokes about how George R.R. Martin includes so many food descriptions because he is fat. Somehow, fans have convinced themselves that those two things go together – because “obviously” writers who aren’t stick figures can’t possibly …

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Dear AO3, That’s Not What ‘Transformative’ Means

“But authors of original works are always copying off each other by having things like archetypal characters!!!1!” Think of it this way: a painter, a stick figure artist, and a fan of the painter each paint a house. The painter makes a marvellously detailed house in crème colour with a green lawn and blue sky. …

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