I started this post as a “Top 10” list of my favourite fantasy villains. I wanted a quick sum up of my favourites, something to try to explain what I like in a good villain. I wanted a quick post that would generate some hits, and maybe even some senseless ire from people whose favourite … More Why do we Crave a Good Bit of Villainy?
As many others are doing, right now, probably right this very second, I have accepted the challenge of NaNoWriMo. You know the one, the crazy writing exercise that a few hundred thousand writers take on every November? Write one book, 50 000 words, in 30 days. Well, for the last 2 years I’ve watched November come … More how the hell does someone write a whole book in a month?
Q – You and James have a world you co-created. Can you tell us a bit about that process? How do you decide who will take on what parts of the world, how is the Legacy divided? The world itself evolved quite organically, derived partially as the setting of a homebrew RPG, and partially from … More An Interview with Christopher Æsc Adams, Legacy of Ash Co-creator
So, this should be a quick post. I should be editing and writing today, but here I am, looking at my blog and thinking about maps. Maps are so critical for me, and probably the biggest problem I have with eBooks. Maps suck on an eReader. I long to open a book and see … More a good map to lead you on your journey
Stories are my myths. They have helped form my belief system. X-Men, Superman, Stars Wars, Dr Who, Spider-Man, Lord of the Rings, and He-Man. All of it. These are my legends, my myths. Our myths. (Hang on. Quick disclaimer. This post is all James. I’m not saying Chris is or is not of the … More Why I Love Stories
So, I’ve gone now to a few writing workshops and seminars. I’ve heard writers discuss how to write good dialogue, and one thing I’ve heard a few times repeated is this: Joss Whedon knows dialogue. Not just how to write it, but how to inspire others to write it. When people in sci-fi and fantasy … More Buffy the Vampire Slayer
An interview with James Downe Q – You have a finished novel that is currently in search of a publisher. Could you tell us a bit about it? James – Almost finished. ‘The Hounds of Tyrant’ is so close to being done, but as an artist it is hard for me to consider anything ever … More An Interview with James Downe, Legacy of Ash Co-creator
How do two people create one world? Legacy of Ash was developed as a “shared world” setting, meaning that most characters or locations in Calus Rukan can be utilized by either Æsc or James, depending on their respective story requirements. While shared worlds have become ubiquitous (Forgotten Realms, Warhammer, the Star Wars Universe), let’s take … More Creating a Co-Authored World