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Big Changes Here at the Lizard Lair!

Yes, the display of this website is all messed up. Yes, I haven’t posted here in ages! Lots of cobwebs and dust around the place (cough cough!) And yes, this is all about to change drastically. I am happy to say I have a new novel coming out from Tor Books later this year! – […]

4th of July Book Sale

Get World Building books and other good reads for 10% off through July 4th at my online bookstore!

Creeping up on a website revision

Well, I just spent a couple hours in geek hell trying to figure out why this wordpress sites no longer displayed correctly. Turns out the newest Jetpack plugin upgrade completely fubared my theme. (Am running the 5-yr old Producer theme). Plugin’s disabled, so display is back to normal, but I guess I need to start […]

Ancient Egyptian Handbook of Spells Deciphered

Ancient Egyptian spells written in Coptic have been deciphered. Cool inspiration for rpgs and world building.

Three Problems to Avoid If You Publish a Fiction Ebook

If you’re writing and publishing ebook fiction, here are some quirks to avoid if you want to succeed.

Gender Roles and Women in Power: An Uncomfortable Fiction

One game designer’s fantasy setting plays with gender roles and has women, rather than men, in the position of dominant power in a society. Why the upset responses from some male readers? Some thoughts on the subject.

How to Use Class in Historical Settings, Part 1

Forget equality: people used to be much more limited by class and status. Here are some ideas for using class in fiction & games (pt. 1).

Alternate History: Picking Out the Threads

Alternate history: love reading it (here are book suggestions), and love writing it. History plus alternate timelines plus a measure of fantasy if needed or desired: what’s not to love? This is Part I of a series looking at why a writer might choose this approach, and how it can incorporate “historical fact” into the “alternate” part of the equation.

When to Use Old Language and Slang in Your Stories

Writing in a different time period? Here are resources to help make sure you’re using the right slang and old language for the setting.

New York Under Water, pt 2: What Does a 2-Meter Sea Rise Look Like?

A 2-meter rise in sea level will submerge important parts of New York, and much other coastal territory besides. This post looks at the magnitude of change that might accompany a rise in sea levels. Part 2 of a 3-part series.