I was just staring off into the distance thinking about how awesome it was when I saved all of Earthlandia from the evil, dragon flying wizards, all with one sweep of my Fell Blade of Agmarr.
That was pretty schweet.
I do stuff like that all the time.
This is my War Bikini.
The chainmail keeps the goods protected, but leaves me the agility I need on the battlefield.
The boots are there because it's a wee bit cold out today.
Don't want to catch my death, after all...
This round of the Blog Chain, the sorcerous Sarah posed the question:
How did you discover your particular voice as a writer?
I don't think it's much of a secret to anyone who knows me that I'm a huge geek. I've always loved dressing up and having make-believe adventures, reading Tolkien, day-dreaming about the day the robots take over civilization and enslave us, and playing games involving more dice than a back alley in Vegas.
Because of my Incredible Geekdom, I've always loved science fiction and fantasy, but have had very particular tastes. I think I found my "voice" in my writing by thinking about what I liked about the genres and what made me put books down.
Maps in the front of the book!
Super cool magic!
Weak, whiny bitches!
Chain mail bikinis! (Cause, seriously... who is trying to stab you in the crotch? Why not just wear armor or go naked? MAKE A CHOICE!)
Magic systems that are explained in so much detail they cease to be magical! (See: Midichlorians)
Trying too to speaketh liketh it's Ye Olden Timez!
Not trying hard enough to speak like it's the old times, dawg!
Mystical nomadic races that are actually just black people with arm bands.
Basically, while writing Legacy of the Empress, I was thinking that I wanted it to be the kind of awesome old school fantasy I loved, but without the things that made my brain itch. I wanted to be magical but realistic; medieval but accessible; action-packed but with girls having some cool roles, etc.
Luckily for me as a reader, a lot of contemporary is like this, whether it's urban or classic :). I guess I could say, I write the kind of book I'd want to read, pure and simple!
How did you find your voice as a writer?
As a reader, what kind of things make you love a book, or put it down for good?
Please check out the chainmail-clad Cole before me, and the karkadaan-slaying Kate posting tomorrow!