Before Writing Fantasy, Read Some History

This is one of those topics I drift back to every so often over the years, and I never quite feel I’ve sold the idea. So: something in you, writers aspirant, may rebel immediately at hearing I want you to research for your fantasy. “It’s fantasy! Why do I need to research just to make […]

Idle Musings, Night of February 1st, 2017

Ethnographers and cultural anthropologists generally agree that if something shows up in every culture, it’s important for humans. The Mongols and other Steppe-nomads were accustomed to levels of hardship almost unthinkable even for contemporary peoples such as Germanic tribesmen. The Mongols still had booze. I rest my case.