Aenya Newsletter 11/11/20

Greetings, Aenya fans!!! I am back with another super-exciting update . . . OK, let's be honest, I am not getting a ton of followers here, and it's not hard to see why. I can't compete with the billion-dollar algorithms put out by Facebook, Instagram, TickTok, etc., or whatever new thing will be turning kids... Continue Reading →

The Fantasy Writer’s Dictionary

Words are magic! They are the spell components authors use to build their worlds. Do you know these 81 words? Any good writer should! I made this handy dictionary of arcane nouns and verbs, with a few adjectives thrown in, to help give my writing that extra polish. If you’re an English geek like I am, feel free to steal it!

The Art of Storytelling

Words can be highly volatile, explosive even, and yet we rarely stop to consider their power. Use them incorrectly, and you can get yourself killed, in a bar, for instance; or in the face of a religious fanatic. Words also have the capacity to heal. Consider the consoling effect of a eulogy, the world shaping sermon of Jesus or the philosophy of Socrates. Mathematicians like to argue that their discipline trumps all other sciences. Psychology is rooted in biology, biology in physics, and physics in math. But without language to give meaning to all those numbers, math might as well be scratchings on a cat post.

In the hand of a brilliant writer, a pen becomes a wand, the words incantations, and the sentences spells. How else do you explain the transportive power of fiction? Its potential to bring tears to the eyes? But for a language apprentice, words can also backfire. This is particularly true of words that are not part of everyday parlance. If you’re always digging through your…

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5E D&D Race: Ilmar

The Art of Storytelling

ThelanainNorthendellThe ILMAR are a primitive human culture native to Aenya distinguished by their absence of clothing. Due to their rejection of social norms, and prehistoric ways of living, the civilized races of Aenya consider them a lesser subspecies. They are called savages, wild humans, feral children, or barbarians (despite their class). Ilmar are shunned where people gather, which forces them to live alone or in small bands of no more than a dozen individuals far from cities and villages, in forests, swamps, and grasslands. The prejudiced view towards the Ilmar is perpetuated by what little is known of their culture. Having lost their ancestral land to famine and changing climate, Ilmar who have not gone into hiding are often forced into service as soldiers and slaves, or end up as beggars on city streets. A small number of them adopt local customs, learning to wear clothes while keeping secret their…

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Who is Kalima?

Who is Kalima and how does she relate to the Aenya Series? Well, she started out as my wife's D&D character, a grumpy but endearing female dwarf, and is now being featured in my daughter's YouTube animated series, 2D&D. We've been playing 5th edition for five years now, in a campaign that started out in... Continue Reading →

The Witcher: Baptism of Fire

I felt pressured to reading the Witcher after the series was turned into a Netflix original starring Henry Cavill, and a trilogy of video games for PC, PS4 and Xbox. Even my nephew, who abhors reading anything more than a JRPG dialogue box, told me he had read the first book, so I figured I... Continue Reading →

How to be a Dungeon Master

It's probably no secret by now that I love Dungeons & Dragons. I've been playing for about thirty years, since 1985~86, and it's been like kerosene for the flame of my imagination. Before D&D exploded in popularity, I was embarrassed to tell people I played, as if no serious author could harbor so much love... Continue Reading →

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