Guest post from Morgen Bailey’s writing blog: Creating food systems in a fantasy world by Rae Z Ryans: http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/guest-post-creating-food-systems-in-a-fantasy-world-by-rae-z-ryans/
Here’s a helpful article when you’re creating a fantasy world with no ties to Earth–and want to make it more interesting. (My worlds often have ties to Earth so I can import some Terran animals–though not all of them thrive–and mix them with native animals.)
I finished my 50,000 words–and a little bit over–last night. Late last night. There were a few times when I had to take a break and puzzle out what was coming next. Sometimes I was only a few scenes ahead, and as I approached the end I didn’t have a clue as to what my ending would be! It is open-ended actually, but I’ve ended a few stories that way; sometimes the story wants a sequel, but it’s a satisfying ending and not a cliffhanger.
Benjamin Gorman, in this author interview from Morgen Bailey’s writing blog, talks about short stories, novels, titles, self-publishing, writing influences, eBooks, and more. Lots of interesting and helpful advice for writers: http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/2013/11/23/author-interview-no-694-with-multi-genre-writer-benjamin-gorman/
I did a lot of research when writing Detour Trail–much more than I expected to do ’cause I kept realizing how ignorant I was. If you’re writing historical fiction, here’s a helpful article with input by five historical fiction writers from the WOW/Women on Writing website: http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/49-FE4-HistoricalFiction.html
The Doorway and Other Stories is now available in paperback:
Here are fourteen of my favorite stories, and since my favorite genre is science fiction, they are mostly SF except for The Princess Quest, a tongue-in-cheek sword and sorcery epic, and Old Rex, a ghost story. They’ve all been published elsewhere, except for Royal Guardians; this is its first time in print. If you like reading about aliens, time travel, symbiotes, and humans searching for a home, family, their own bodies, etc., check it out here: http://www.amazon.com/Doorway-Other-Stories-Joy-Smith/dp/1492857599/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1384783638&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Doorway+and+Other+Stories