World Building Chat

And now for something completely different… Okay, not completely, but different. Leading up to Camp NaNoWriMo I recently led a chat on Twitter concerning world building and made slides for Continue Reading →

Maps! Maps! Maps!

Maps. They’re sometimes artifacts, often art, hopefully tools, and all wrapped in a bit of magic. They’re a fantasy writers friend, but too often cursed to the point of phobia. Continue Reading →

A Map Comes Alive!

It’s map time! In case you haven’t guessed maps are one of my favorite topics. I dearly love writing—there’s no finer main course—but I love my map making dessert, too, Continue Reading →

World Building: Naming a Continent—or Not

It’s hard to believe you can fail to address a decision for so long the task becomes disproportionate to its importance. One world building question of mine went unanswered for Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo Prep Begins

Ontyre Map: CA Hawthorne

NaNoWriMo. If you even dabble in writing fiction you probably know what that means: National Novel Writing Month. The task? To produce, at a minimum, 50,000 words in 30 days. Continue Reading →

Map Reconstruction

Carrdia Map. Creator: CA Hawthorne

It’s a long time since I’ve talked about maps, a lifelong fascination. My love of maps is a tale I first told on my WordPress site a couple of years Continue Reading →

Colleges of the Senses: Vistus

Vistus

Much in my writing life is changing lately. Last Word Before Dying, my online fantasy serial, is written and the last installment will appear online on July 8th. With my Continue Reading →

Northeast Hartise

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Our exploration of Hartise maps continues in the sparsely populated northeast. What it lacks in human numbers it makes up for in natural wonders:

Northeast Hartise. Lost Hills and River River Region.

Northeast Hartise. Lost Hills and River River Region.

  • Asbray. Ruins of the siren’s college. It was initially destroyed during the 4113 overthrow, but supposedly restored during Dremm’s Rebellion. Another attack in 4146 left no survivors.
  • Colossus Range. Most vast mountain range on Ontyre, it’s nearly impenetrable, mostly unexplored, and stretches north into the frozen lands. Still, some live there.
  • Rift River Canyon. Another land feature that protects Hartise. Much of it consists of sheer walls plunging more than 1,000 feet to the river, but in southwest Sttons it narrows to a stone’s throw, the height still great and the water a torrent.
  • Twistaria. The largest human settlement in the Lost Hills, a region that’s technically outside Hartise.
  • Beacon Peak. So named because it dwarfs all surrounding mountains and thus aids navigation in the region.
  • Lorne. Ruins of the seeker’s college that’s literally built in the eastward facing Cliffs of Pressa.
  • Temron. Prosperous city that’s best known for its location where the Repose River drops over the Falls of Kryorphia to join with the Rift River.

Discovering Hartise: Albert Bierstadt

As a child, long before I considered writing, I dreamed and I fantasized, for the world could become all I wished it to be if I used my imagination, and Continue Reading →

Culture and the Fantasy Writer

Besides the notebooks containing my world’s history and geography/maps, there’s also one describing cultures… When I started my novel I had some ideas and images in my head concerning culture. Continue Reading →