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What is your favorite fantasy race? What makes it your favorite?

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The moon trogs
http://tharia.simdif.com/
Adapted by magically accelerated evolution to live in a zero gravity environment, they look like hairless apes whose feet have evolved into a second pair of hands. They have accomplished many amazing feats of engineering despite being physically frail, such as giant greenhouses on the surface of their tiny moon within which they grow their food. They also use focused sunlight, collected by mirrors, to power their industries, thereby making up for their total inability to use magic. They are now unable to survive in a normal gravity environment, and so can never return to Tharia, the world from which their ancestors came, but with so many small moons and asteroids available for them to colonise it may be that the future belongs to them.

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Writing Life  - 
 
Ever experience "fantasy fatigue?" What are some things you do to avoid getting fatigued from your favorite genre?

http://mythicscribes.com/inspiration/avoiding-fantasy-fatigue/
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I find I get tired of seeing the same tropes, which I think is more a problem with writers who don't have the confidence to be original than the genre itself, but I just read a different genre for a couple of books and then go back to fantasy ☺
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What do you think of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator? Do you know your personality type?

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+Brandon Pilcher very true. I think it can work better for me because I don't make characters to fit a story. I make a story to fit the characters.
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What things do you have to check off before you think you’re ready to publish?

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Have you used a familiar setting in one of your stories? Did it help you complete your story quicker or was it a hindrance?

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I started my novel in the middle of winter, so my character is introduced, traveling in the middle of winter.
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How do you read? Do you take in every word and every detail, or do you skim over lines and absorb the general gist of what’s written?

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A bit of both, really. If the story is rather intricate and multi-layered, I will take more time over each word. If the story is more light, and reads that way, I think it's okay to skim, the reader will still get the basic vibe of the tale.
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What has helped you to become a confident writer? If you struggle with confidence, why?

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I think what helped me most was taking the time to really learn about the craft in as many ways as I could. Also, sharing my stories with other writers who would critique when needed, but also functioned as cheerleaders to help me stay motivated to write forward and get better.
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What are some of the ways in which you hold yourself accountable to keep writing?

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+Margaret Reeves Before you contact publishers (or agents), make sure your manuscript shines. That means having at least one other set of eyes read it. You'll want to catch errors in the story (including simple typos) and correct them, tighten language where it's weak, strengthen action where the story drags, etc. That will likely require several drafts. When you've gotten it as good as you believe you can, then you should sit down and dedicate the same amount of effort toward a polished query letter and synopsis.

For publishers, check The Writer's Market, still the go-to resource for traditional publishing. Make note of those publishers that do not accept manuscripts submitted by anyone but a literary agent. You may wish to submit to agents first, just to avoid that faux pas. Follow submission guidelines to the letter. No publisher (or agent) will want you if you can't follow instructions.

Should your bait hook an agent or publisher and if you're offered a contract, indulge in that congratulatory glass of champagne and then consult an attorney to ensure that the terms are fair. There's usually a bit of negotiating room.
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What depictions of the Hydra have you found particularly interesting or inspiring?

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Never used a hydra in any of my stories, but if I had, my hero would probably have decided that, if cutting off heads didn't work, go for the heart instead. 
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Are you using siege weapons in your stories? If so, do you have any tips to share?

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In my Song of Lagrandil trilogy I eschewed siege engines for siege spells.  Bad guys take one prisoner, and suck out their life force.  For a terribly inefficient rate of return (maybe 20%) they throw all the kinetic energy the life could generate in a single spell.

I'm low-balling the results to merely conventional artillery, 10-meter wide craters through 5-meter thick solid stone walls, as opposed to a single life leveling towns, but it evaded most of the problems.

Why? To demonstrate the perfidity of my villains, and to avoid more logistics than my story pace could handle.
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I didn't realize that you work on The Littlest Pet Shop.  My daughter adores that show.
The writing for season four of Littlest Pet Shop finished up recently so I'm looking for work (that's me in freelance-ready pose #12 with optional pipe attachment). Please keep this scribe/actor in mind when you're staffing y...
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That's awesome, Antonio. Tell her I said thank you for watching and that I think she'll really like the upcoming season. Lots of fun episodes!
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Do you struggle with talking more about writing than actually writing?

What have you done personally to get your writing time in?

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Confessions of a Lone Writer: A Journey Into Collaborative Creativity
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Purple Prose - How to Find It and Fight It
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“The Mythic Guide to Characters” seeks to help writers improve the depth of their characters by showing that characters have more than one l

Adding Depth to a Fantasy World
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By including little elements and details, you can add tremendous depth to your fantasy world.

Bracketology for Story Plotting?
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What do sports brackets have to do with writing a story? Almost everything.

The Perilous and Wondrous Realm of Faërie
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How fairy-stories enable us to see the world anew.

Exploration Through Story - How Stories Teach Us About Ourselves
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Stories help us use our imaginations to create worlds that we can explore and use to ask questions about ourselves.

Is Black and White Fantasy Dead?
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Is the struggle between good and evil too conventional for today's audiences?

Konstantin's Gifts, by Kathryn Anthony: The Rusalka
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Rusalka by Ivan Bilibin, 1934 From Wikipedia (see entry for public domain data) I recently reviewed Kathryn Anthony's novel Konstantin's Gif

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Call of Heroes
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