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[sticky post] My Wizard's Wood Press works

A list of everything I've published under Wizard's Wood Press, and where to find it, in a sticky posting.

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weakness of research

Some things are harder to research than others.  For instance, I have a scene where a character is regaled with the weaknesses of magical creatures.

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StarChaser by Angie Sage

The final TodHunter Moon story.

It opens with the breakdown of lapis lazuli, which is the source of power for all magic. And around this weaves all the events stemming from earlier stories: the plotting of Tod's aunt, the secrets of the PathFinders, the importance of the keystone, Marissa's conspiracies among the Witches, pranksters among the apprentices, and more.


Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The continuing high stakes adventure. Overlap with Illuminae is -- enough to make perhaps reading that one first wise.

Same epistolary point of view. Indeed, after a prologue of a tribunal's proceedings, the first document is a message about the events and the disaster they will be for BeiTech.

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faction and motives

Ah, time for the faction sheet.

A useful sheet, like the character sheet, to help you keep track of what's going on.  There's nothing like multiplying the number of different things that characters want to make the story complex. (As long as you keep them clashing. It matters a lot less how strong the desires are than that they can't all get what they want. )
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This week's prompt is:

Anyone can join, with a 50-word vignette in the comments. Your vignette does not have to include the prompt term.

My effort:

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monsters in a muddle

Returning to the Fantasy Kitchen Sink questions (those I addressed here), I was pondering regional effects. On top of what humans would say. . .

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An Exaltation of Larks: The Ultimate Edition by James Lipton

A book for people who've mastered such basics as a pride of lions and want to go onward. To a murder of crows, a parliament of owls, or a truelove of doves.

You can have your pick for cats: clowder, cluster, and clutter are all recorded. Though some have distinctions: it is a gaggle of geese on the grounds, but a skein of geese in the air.

Some are more fun than others, and he includes a long section with possibilities for new ones.


Ratpunzel by Ursula Vernon

Harriet's continuing adventures.
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philosophical note on vignettes

Writing one's vignettes in a coherent world can give you ideas. Both for the vignettes and for interesting plot twists.

But sooner or later, you have sit down and plot the thing.  They will not sort of stick together and form a beginning, a middle, and an end.

And sometimes you need to to devise over-arching things.  Like the motives of the main villains.


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