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) […]

Here are some resources for choosing and creating names for your characters.   Baby Name WizardLists of popular names around the world.  I’ve linked to the international list, so you can find all of them instead of the American default list.  These are popular names now, so less useful for historical or less common names. Allows […]

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 […]