December 14, 2017

Believe it or not, the largest part of your world is not what your audience sees but what they don’t see. As I explained in my last post on world building, your story is the lens through which your audience sees the world you’ve created. Consequently, the parts of your world that the lens does…

December 6, 2017

When I was a kid I loved to play with blocks. I would spend afternoons building towers and cities of various shapes and colors. And after I was done building, I would proudly show off my booming metropolis to my parents. As an adult, I still build—just not with blocks. Now I build worlds for…

December 4, 2017

The young woman Corvala padded deftly across the meadow with crook in hand. Her frame was lithe like a willow but she carried herself with the firmness of an oak, following the trail of bent blades made through the tall grass. Old Gray had come this way. As she moved through the grass, Corvala batted…

November 29, 2017

As we enter this dark age, we see clearly now that humanity’s morality is not kept intact by discipline or fortitude but by the functionality of our gadgets. -Susan Patel, the last prime minister of the United Kingdom — from the holo-file The History of the End War and the Fall of Civilization Looking outside…

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