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Aug 18, 2018

Influences of Taipei Botanical Gardens on My Story Settings

Taipei Botanical Gardens have influenced the natural settings in many of my stories. Here, I’d like to show you ‘behind the settings,’ at one of the places that’s inspired me.

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Jul 31, 2018

SPFBO 2018

The SPFBO 2018 (Self-Publishing Fantasy Blog-Off) contest is underway with Blue Prometheus as one of 300 entrants.

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Jul 18, 2018

Reading Fantasy

I've recently read some fantasy novels by writers I'd meant to read for a long time but never had. One of these was Brandon Sanderson. I'd been put off reading his books because I know that he finished Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, and I've never been able to finish even the first book. Just couldn't take any creature called a trolloc seriously.

But I really enjoyed the Mistborn series. The characters intrigued me, and I kept wanting to see what happened. Good fun!

Jul 17, 2018

Outlining by Hand

I've just outlined my third novel, Fire Rising, by hand, on A3 paper—and in many colours. I enjoyed it so much that I'm considering writing the first draft by hand, too.

Jul 15, 2018

Mizong and Magic

Mizong, magic and fighting in my fantasy stories.

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Jun 12, 2018

New Beginnings, Silver Linings and Creativity

How losing my sight increased my creativity—Silver linings & more.

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