The Politics of Mystical Japan: The Rising Tide by James Calbraith

What’s a good epic fantasy without some troubling diplomats who try to blackmail their way into higher ranks? And why not betray your own allies with secret weapons to get ahead? Yamato is filled with begrudged officials whose status is more important to them than anything else. Prepare for spoilers if you haven’t read the Read More

17] TIMD: New Ideas

This is My Design: The Peril of the New Idea

New ideas are awesome, fresh inspiration is fantastic, and motivation can strike like a bolt out of the blue.

Unfortunately, that bolt can sometimes hit us right when we’re in the middle of something else. Today, Raven talks about the three methods he uses to deal with the potentially terrible timing of new ideas.

The Nature of Mystical Japan: The Islands In The Mist by James Calbraith

We’re continuing our journey through Yamato, James Calbraith’s alternate version of Japan. The Islands In The Mists is the third book in the series The Year Of The Dragon. This is the first book where the story in Yamato splits into multiple points of view, as well as expanding on the burgeoning storyline in Qin only teased in earlier books. Hold on to your obis, because you’re in for a bumpy ride.

book and tea

Camp Nano is going strong!

April is one of the off months where NaNoWriMo participants organise a virtual writing retreat, or Camp Nano. The rules for Camp Nano are slightly different, because you don’t have to use the 50.000 word count, but you can pick your own. The threshold is lower for people new to writing to set up a writing habit since you can set it as low as you want. My advice is to still challenge yourself. You can improve your daily habitual word count by setting the bar a little higher, but not unattainable. It’s just like exercising.