On Spreadsheets and Calculators

One of our main writing tools is spreadsheets.  This is M.’s specialty, and he may go a bit overboard in the use of them.  We have our Master Calendar Spreadsheet along with book specific sub-calendars.  We have a spreadsheet of the temperatures for the Crossing and the Hiding and how they would affect the planet’s climate.  We have a spreadsheet for the characters split into…

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The Uniqueness of Similarities

As an author, one of the most difficult things is writing believable characters. Every person has oddities and unique foibles that make up who they are and yet there are enough similarities to have them begin blending together. For example, one of the popular personality tests places everyone into 16 little boxes which gives indication that each personality type is the same. The idea of…

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Aventye

When B. first envisioned the world of our books, it had a dual star system. This begged the question: what kind of impact would such a solar system have on its inhabitants? In two star systems, the suns typically orbit around each other, so they would likely mark their calendar by the orientation of their two stars. As each sun passed in front of the…

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The What-ifs Behind the Story

The concept of the world behind Elvensty began as a series of what-if’s that came to my (B’s) mind when I was a teenager.  I had read a book set in the time of Noah.  Unfortunately I cannot remember the name of it nor who wrote it.  However, I do remember its concept was that the people of Noah’s time may have been more advanced…

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