Category: Research and Resources

LL Ori and the Orion Neblua, captured by The Hubble Heritage Team, NASA

Here are some great resources for some of the science-based quandaries and set ups that occur when writing fiction.  Medicine will have it’s own section.  Construction of worlds will be included with world building (because I love puns). EarthSkyAll manner of scientific news for us regular folks, includes all things earth (penguins, melting permafrost, wildfires) […]

Many years ago (in 2000) I was writing a story that took place in a magical analog of China.  In an effort to incorporate Chinese culture I did a boatload of research, but you know what I couldn’t find?  Clothing.  Sure, everyone mention dragon robes, but that was it.  And I was pretty sure that […]

At this year’s Marscon (March 2-4,2018), I moderated a panel discussion on resources for speculative fiction writers.  I’ll share a bit of our discussion here to tide you over as I prepare several posts (which will all be tagged and available under the resources link in the main menu) with links to tools and essays that may be […]

About three years ago I chopped off my hair with a tanto.  For research.  And fun. To help other writers who might need to include this in their stories, I recorded the process.  This past summer I repeated the exercise with a slightly different technique and a freshly sharpened sword  (it’s classified as a large tanto […]