Blenheim and Towton were worse!
Obviously, the Battle of the Somme was bloody awful. Arguably, it was an appalling waste. But, in the grand scheme of things, how bad was it really?
It was certainly a horrific mega battle, running for 5 months, with British Empire casualties estimated at 419,654 killed and wounded (source).
It’s certainly a hell of a lot of dead and injured — something like twenty times the casualties of Waterloo. However, given 2,50
A long long day. Took Kurtzhau and friend there via bus, the lads being old enough to help haul swords and bags. We went off to our separate MilSF games, then I dashed downstairs to demo swords with DDS. Short break, coffee and water, then teaching Storyteller Tools to an amazing group of gamers, game designers and aspiring writers.
There are two books in the Scholar Knight series, but you’re best buying the double edition.
I write my books for adults, but some of them are also suitable for Young Adults… Shieldwall: Barbarians!
The Shieldwall series was inspired by playing Rome Total War: Barbarian Invasion. It’s an old-fashioned boy’s adventure, basically “young officer finds his feet” except that the young officer is actually a pagan barbarian prince and it ends in an apocalyptic battl
I write inside a small room off our living room. With the door open I have daylight. In an empty house, I have peace. I have two monitors, a windows PC running Scrivener. Lots of books (not shown in the picture)…Read more ›
4 ways to write if you can’t sit still
This came up recently on Reddit; due mostly to anxiety, a poster could not write without constant pacing. (PSA: Constant pacing is pretty much incompatible with typing a story!)
I don’t get anxiety but I am a professional author, so I offered some purely technical workarounds in descending order of probable usefulness…
Option 1: Don’t type
There is a very successful writer – Kevin J Anderson – who dictates his stories
“a professional with responsibilities”
So I just reviewed Elizabeth “Eat Love Pray” Gilbert’s Big Magic for Black Gate.
It’s a good entertaining book, and it has a wise message: Give yourself permission to enjoy your creativity for its own sake; don’t burden it with expectations, including the expectation that you will live off it – easy come, easy go.
And she’s right. Creativity is about play, which is hard to do when you are Being Serious.
But what if you hav
…a year away from his first convention, and already using Halloween to dabble in Steam Punk cosplay.
“But it’s Science Fiction,” insists Charlie. He’s just handed Kurtzhau (12) a signed copy of the Atrocity Archives.
“No,” I say with a laugh. “It’s Horror – or at least it is as far as the school is concerned.”
A few days ago, Kurtzhau came home from school seething. “The teacher says it’s important to read outside your ‘comfort zone’!” He made sarcasti
Writers must multi-task.
Professionally, it’s a must — we’re editing one manuscript while drafting another, all the while keeping up with blogging and admin.
Artistically, it’s also a must. Too long just editing and we grow stale and twitchy. Too long drafting, and we lose sight of our next project. Plus most projects benefit from mulling time where we don’t think about them, and if we’re not pushing one project forward, then we want to be working on another because we ha
This is a rough draft for sharing… 1 Introduction
Fantasy authors, game designers and referees need a tool for creating and maintaining imaginary worlds.
Since we are in the business of crafting and/or extemporising narrative, our requirements only partially overlap with those of cartographers and designers.
Where cartographers need precision, we need indeterminacy so that narrative can shape details and not the other way around.
Where designers need automation
Ken MacLeod – British Hard Science Fiction author, he’s also writer in residence at Edinburgh’s Napier University Creative Writing MA
Just in case you were wondering what established authors think about my Storyteller Tools: Outline from vision to finished novel without losing the magic (download)…
Ken MacLeod recently tweeted: @mharoldpage Found your book very useful in getting from ideas etc to plot and story.
Ken is not only a very senior British Hard Science Fictio