The Orville Crew

The Orville: Does Its Universe Hold Up?

Given my love for all things Star Trek, including fun parodies of Star Trek, I thought we’d delve into two new shows in the next couple of posts and look at the success or failure of their respective world-building schemes: Star Trek: Discovery and The Orville. This isn’t a debate over which is better or worse in relation to the ultimate Star Trek fandom. I have my own opinions on that and shall strive to keep them to myself since I know how divisive that is at the moment. All I want to examine is the way the shows have created their universes and whether or not they can hold up over time. Continue reading “The Orville: Does Its Universe Hold Up?”

The Wonderful World of Pets!

So let’s talk pets.

One of the fun things about creating fantasy or science fiction worlds is deciding what (if any) animals the people of your world have taken a liking to. It gives you a bit more freedom to go beyond the traditional dog/cat idea without your characters seeming eccentric. I personally love using foxes in place of a dog or cat. They can be domesticated and are furry and cute. Humans do tend to love soft fluffy things after all. Continue reading “The Wonderful World of Pets!”

New Stories!

I’m happy to say that two of my stories have been selected for publication.

“The Woman with the Feather in Her Hair” will be appearing in an upcoming issue of Wild Musette.

“The Legend of Koshchey and Maria Morevna” has been published in The Rogue’s Gallery anthology and is available in both print or e-book format.

I’m happy to be sharing my stories with everyone and hope there will be plenty more to come.

One Piece: All the Feelings!

As you might have guessed from the banner, we’re talking about One Piece today. Eiichiro Oda’s world has a lot going on in it, but I’m actually not going to delve in deep to that. I actually want to discuss my favorite aspect of the characters. Yes, it’s a bit tangential to my world-building, but the fact that the world allows the characters to do this is very important. So, what is it that is so amazing about these characters? Continue reading “One Piece: All the Feelings!”

Gods and Rituals and Theocracies, Oh My!

I want to talk a little bit about religion. As big as this subject is, I’m sure I’ll come back to it several more times, but for now I want to look at how religion can impact the rest of the world. Don’t worry, I won’t be going into any real religions, let’s keep away from those, but religion can have a lot more impact to your world than you might think. Continue reading “Gods and Rituals and Theocracies, Oh My!”