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Found in Translation: Juliette Wade

My advice to writers who want to write from a non-human point of view is to be systematic, and make sure you’re grounded in what the character knows based on his or her environment and experience, so you can use only those things to express the character’s judgment of people and events. Otherwise the human viewpoint will start to intrude.

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Chock Full of Social Commentary: Mari Ness

Mari Ness worships chocolate, words and music, in no particular order, and has a second career as cat furniture for two adorably cute cats. Her work has previously appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Aberrant Dreams, Coyote Wild, and several other print and online places. She keeps a blog at mariness.livejournal.com. Her short story, “Playing with Spades” is featured this week at Fantasy Magazine.

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Ten Fantasy Movie Moments that Mess with Us

They made you laugh, they made you cry, they still give you nightmares you’d never admit to: for better or for worse, some fantasy movies get under your skin. Below, ten fantasy movie moments that were tragic, horrific, or comic (sorry, Keanu).

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Wicked – Novel vs. Musical

I read Wicked a few years ago, and hated it. Then I saw the play last year and LOVED it. I decided to give the book another try, just in case I’d been wrong. Nope, I still hated it.

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Twitter Updates for 2009-07-30

I think we’ve fixed the situation with our URL resolving – you should be able to find us at http://www.fantasy-magazine.com with no prob now # Saw Harry Potter and the Halfblood Prince last night – a lot more humor and character interaction than some of the others. Scary stuff too! # Powered by Twitter Tools.

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Exotic to One Person Is Commonplace to Another: Lavie Tidhar

I suppose part of my awareness of culture, as such, is about how similar in many ways people are. What seems exotic to one person is commonplace to another. The question is who do you write for? How much do you explain, how much do you let the reader infer from the text? It’s a balancing act.

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Interview: Jeff Crooks and the Ham-Sized Fist Award

Ham-sized is an adjective used by Robert E. Howard to describe Conan’s massive fists. I seem to remember Robert Jordan using it as well, back when he wrote Conan novels. It is, in my opinion, the perfect epithet for the genre at its best. It is big, meaty, and hits like a mattock.

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Twitter Updates for 2009-07-28

News from writer Ken Scholes – on his way home from the hospital with lovely with Jen and the new twins! # That should have said “lovely wife” – Fantasy Magazine needs more coffee, clearly. # I’m hoping the TiVo managed to tape Torchwood: Children of Men because I’m hearing a lot of good things […]

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Twitter Updates for 2009-07-27

If you’re one of our writers, drop Cat a line at rambo@fantasy-magazine.com so she can add you to the new staff discussion boards. # Powered by Twitter Tools.

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Gamemastering NPCS: Part V

Conventional narrative has the opportunity to go back and trim, edit and revise– making sure that any dialogue has at least some tension or conflict inherent in it. In an rpg we keep moving forward, improvising and developing. The GM should keep the possibility for these purposes open in a game.