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Month: April 2021

Writing

Influences: Part III – Contemporary Fantasy Fiction Influences

After a ten-year hiatus, I resumed reading fantasy, but I found the post-Tolkien classics unfulfilling. I enjoyed Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn. The new magic system blew me away, and having the traditional fantasy flipped on its head provided a renewal of interest in what fantasy could do. As I delved into the other Mistborn novels, I

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Writing

Influences Part II: Classic Fantasy Influences

We’ve covered my initial exposure and influence to fantasy, but it wasn’t until I became more selective that I turned to staples found on most influencer’s top 10 lists. After having watched the Lord of the Rings cartoon from 1978, I read the Hobbit and I loved it. My favorite scene was Bilbo and Gollum

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Writing

Influences: Early Fantasy Fiction Influences

Part One What counts as an influence? I think the answer is broad and can include a host of detailed responses, but for this post, I’d like to focus on fiction I’ve read. My mother had a huge bookshelf with fantasy books outside her bedroom, and I spent hours staring at the covers and trying

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