Monthly Archives: May 2012

Beginning with Origins…

Starting today we’re going to walk through each question in greater depth. Our first question is one of origin. However, before we dive in there is an important concept that you need to understand about this process. Each question feeds … Continue reading

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5 BIG PICTURE questions

The time has come for five important questions. Before I give them to you, let me restate the importance of sticking to the simple and very general answers. Think of this as the frame of the house. It gives the … Continue reading

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soft, hard or somewhere in the middle

Today marks the second step of preparation before we dive into the questions that will lead us to our really, really, really, really big picture. All magic systems fall somewhere between what are generally defined as soft or hard systems. … Continue reading

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starting with the really, really, really, really big picture – magic!

It is time I made good on a promise to share a series of questions I use as a starting point in developing magical systems. It is these questions that I, and several others, walked through at Midsouthcon 30. Both … Continue reading

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bearing the marks of life…

A couple days ago I was visiting one of my favorite stops in Memphis, Le Fleur. It conjures up images of an apothecary’s cottage. Wood and stone mark out the boundaries of structured clutter in this quaint flower shop, each … Continue reading

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we get out what we put in…

Stephen Watkins over at The Undiscovered Author began unpacking some thoughts on cliche and tropes in fantasy, specifically Post-Tolkien Fantasy. These are powerful players in the realm of fantasy, and he has some interesting thoughts on the matter. As is … Continue reading

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diversity in structure…

Last night we celebrated one of our pastors as he and his family prepare to embark on a new journey elsewhere. As the night progressed a wonderful image began to take shape as accolades were both received and given. Each … Continue reading

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