Category: Speculative Fiction

Fantastic Settings Pt. 2

Cartography. I love maps. I love looking at maps. I love making maps. One reason you should too is that they can be useful and meaningful tools for fleshing out a world, making small pieces of world information thrown in so much more vibrant. They also can help to avoid info dumping. Still, like anything else, they shouldn’t…



Fantasy Landscapes Pt. 1: Mountains

Mountains. Big, stony, nigh impassable slabs of stone, pushed up over thousands of years. Useful only as a setting for uncivilized tribes and the borders of great empires. Second only to seas in their uniformity in fantasy. But they don’t have to be. They aren’t here, by a long shot. There is one thing that all…



Fantastic Settings Pt. 1

 Fantastic Settings Series One of the best parts of reading and writing fantasy, and for that matter, any spec fiction, is the diversity of setting. A literally limitless array of location, in both time and space, is available. But, as with many awesome things, there are far more ways to fall flat on your face…