Death of a Pen Name

Death of a Pen Name

I've been on the internet since the early 90s. I remember dial-up modems on my family's Macintosh Performa, the Geocities revolution and MIDI music formats. And I remember accessing all of those sites with made-up usernames. It was simply the thing to do. From "rapturous_heart" in my early teens to "tokyoshorty" in my early twenties, [...]

The Dictionary of Purple Prose: 100 More Words for Logophiles

The Dictionary of Purple Prose: 100 More Words for Logophiles

I'm a bit of a collector of words. Several years ago, I began keeping a list known as The Dictionary of Purple Prose, which has been quite well-received among this blog's readers. Occasionally, I remember to update the thing, as I did last year. It's time to do it again. Here are 100 new additions to The [...]

Characters in the Wild

I have a lot of characters living in my head. Men, women, demons, angels, fairies and werewolves, dragons and horse maidens. Many exist in their own finite worlds of floating cities and underground realms, but a few live and breathe right on average old Earth. There's one character in particular that I was fond of [...]

Archetypes: Sage

Archetypes: Sage

All the books in all the world could not contain all there is to know. Benevolent mentors and custodians of wisdom are some of the hallmark characters of fantasy. Part mystic, part genius, the Sage is an essential driver of the Hero's Journey, delegating the task of changing the world to their often younger, more [...]