Magic Limitations

Fantasy world building. The possible considerations are infinite. Choices must be made. Some loom large and have great implications. Some are easy and require minimal thought. For instance, most authors Continue Reading →

Breaking it Down

We humans are unique in our ability to categorize, classify, and organize. Yes, other animals acknowledge seasonal changes. You won’t find many bears hibernating in the summer and few geese Continue Reading →

Wrestling with Technology

Photo: CA Hawthorne

There’s nothing quite like discovering you have no idea what you’re doing. Fortunately, I didn’t discover this disquieting revelation while driving a vehicle. Actually, that did happen once, but it Continue Reading →

Adding Mystery: History

Blueprint: CA Hawthorne

Everything you don’t know is a mystery. You know that, of course, but seldom do we consider the mystery that exists in the commonplace. No matter your genre, it’s a Continue Reading →

Providing Mystery: Location

I want to thank you all for joining me, for this examination of mystery in fiction has renewed my enthusiasm amidst summer’s heat. Mystery adds tension and suspense to a Continue Reading →

Providing Mystery

Everything you don’t know is a mystery. There’s the mundane: “Are those leftovers in the fridge still good?” There’s the unsettling: “Why is someone watching my house at night?” There’s Continue Reading →

My Interview with John Robin

John Robin so kindly requested an interview and this was the result. My sincere thanks to him for this great experience and such insightful questions. You can view the complete Continue Reading →

Stumbling Over the Timeline

Lake Seclusion.

Sometimes you step around the corner and realize the road is taking you in an unexpected direction… I have to admit to feeling a little lost right now having concluded Continue Reading →

Colleges of the Senses: Asbray

Map: CA Hawthorne

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 →

Colleges of the Senses: Lorne

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 →