Tag Archives: Holly Black

The Fayborn Series by J. Aleksandr Wootton

In tales where a child or young adult is going to save the world, the hero-in-waiting is usually withering away in obscurity, knowing they were meant for so much more but spending their lives doing homework, harvesting cabbages, working fast … Continue reading

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Put Them

In a recent SignumU panel on the films Rogue One and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (see below), I admitted I was disappointed with the original Fantastic Beasts book. I love J.K. Rowling’s fantastic writing, and find myself hungry for more … Continue reading

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The Land Where Oz is North of Middle-earth: Reflections of a Speculative Cosmographer

If I were to print a business card for what I do as a fantasy writer, in the section called “title” I would put, “Speculative Cosmographer.” Fancy title, eh? Well, broken down, it really just means fictional world-builder. When I … Continue reading

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Prewriting for NaNoWriMo

I think for most of us the appearance of books in a bookstore is a completely magical process. We know that somewhere—perhaps in a building behind the store, or on a fantasy island with high speed wireless internet—authors are suffering … Continue reading

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