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"Magic comes from what is inside you. It is part of you. You can't weave together a spell you don't believe in." - Jim Butcher

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Writing Quest Group - Come join us on Facebook and share your monthly writing goals!

Writing Tips & Prompts - All my past writing tips and prompts can be found here on my website in one convenient location.

Suggested Reading List - Fantasy before 1900
Suggested Reading List - Fantasy from 1900 through 1949
Suggested Reading List - Fantasy from 1950 through 1974
Suggested Reading List - Fantasy from 1975 through 1989

Many Genres, One Craft Series on Fantasy (And Science Fiction)
Rachel PruittAnne HarrisDavid J. CorwellChun LeeMike MehalekK. Ceres WrightHeidi Ruby Miller

Other Guest Blog Posts
Reading An Epublishing Contract by J. Gunnar Grey
The Thrill of Exploration by Chris Stout
Extraordinary People by Liz Coley
Horror and SciFi by Lee Allen Howard
Creating an Idea for a Story by Ron Shannon
Jiang-Shi by Jennifer Loring
The Steps I Take Before I Start Writing a Novel by Chris von Halle

Novel/Anthology Essays and Reviews
Believability in Breeding Ground
Mood and Monster - Cycle of the Werewolf
World War Z - Zombies, Meh
Reading a Movie - The Wolfman
Snow...Or Is That Really a Monster?
An Eighth Color in the Spectrum? (Colour of Magic)
Storm Front - Do You Believe in Magic?
Spin - The "What If" Factor and Characters to Reveal Plot
Feeling Very Strange - Fantastical and Literary Elements
Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom - Character Growth
The Eyre Affair - History and Humor
Searching for Steampunk in Boneshaker
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms - World-Building and Structure
Baiting the Reader in The Wood Beyond the World
Sense of Wonder in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
The Allure of the Unknown in Black God's Kiss
The Hobbit - The Adventure!
Coming-of-Age and Balance in The Wizard of Earthsea
Steampunk and Time Travel in The Anubis Gates
Sookie Vs. Sookie

Short Story/Novella Essays and Reviews
Suspense in I Am Legend
Short Story Conventions in "The Funeral"
Primal Beast - "Rawhead Rex"
Frustrated Demon - "The Yattering and Jack"

TV/Movie Essays and Reviews
Haunted House in Space - Alien
The Thing - Are You Really Human?
Fringe - This Decade's X-Files?
Review: Once Upon a Time - Pilot
Review: Grimm - Pilot
The X-Files - It's Back!
Deadpool - My Kind of Humor
Team Cap All the Way!
Castle - Series Finale
Suicide Squad - Fun But Could Have Been Better
No No No No No No No No - LEGO Batman!
Logan

Magic Is Reality, Reality Is Magic
The PentacleThe Element of FireThe Element of AirSamhainYuleImbolcOstaraBeltaneGreenOrangeCandlesYellowMidsummerLughnasadhMabon

A Gamer's Lexicon
Entry 1Entry 2Entry 3 - Special Everquest EditionEntry 4

Crazy Necro Antics
First Edition - Summer!Second Edition - Winter!Third Edition - Springtime!Fourth Edition - Wedding Bells Part 1: Wedding CrasherFifth Edition - Wedding Bells Part 2: Broadsword Wedding

Adventures of Karriya the Wizard
Origin StoryThe Gods, Part 1