I would sum up my advice on feeling blocked as doing one of two things: dig deep, or try something new. You either have something bothering you about the story that needs rooting out, or you just need to look at it from a different angle for a little while.
Tonight's #17Scribes Twitter chat (and yes, I'm still part of that group even though my debut got moved two days into 2018 -- they refused to part with me!) was focused on visualizing elements of our novels. I put together some image sets, and I thought I'd share them with y'all! First off, how I … Continue reading Visualizing FROM UNSEEN FIRE
I had a new idea... Still very much nascent, but there are a few images, perhaps a few beginnings of characters and conflicts starting to swirl around in my head.
The History of Rome This podcast, apart from being a wonderfully entertaining and comprehensive documentation of the Roman Republic and Empire, was also a major source of inspiration for me before I began writing Aven. In that October before NaNo 2011, I discovered this podcast and listened up through what had been posted at the time. With … Continue reading Podcast Recommendation: The History of Rome
I mentioned a while ago that I really ought to tell this story on this blog at some point, and since I'm sitting here watching this movie on my parents' enormous-screen TV, cozied up on the couch with the company of two terriers, basking in the warm glow of a Christmas tree while torrential rains … Continue reading How Star Wars Changed My Life
Aven Inspiration Board -- Also a great way to catalog bits of research to keep in mind.
Before I began work on Aven, I had been entertaining the idea of a Roman-set fantasy for a while. It seemed to me that there was so much untapped potential there. Since so many fantasies get the typical western-European medieval/early-Renaissance treatment, but with Rome, you get so many different things -- a more diverse population (not … Continue reading The Painting That Started It
Inspiration Board for The Antares ProjectA lot of fashion, some gadgets, some maps, some history -- all perfect to get me in the mood for working on this project!