Writing and Fantasy

  • The Signs of Vanity Publishing

    December 13, 2022 by

    Last week, I reached another milestone in the querying of my novel: a vanity publisher made me an offer. Oh, it called itself a hybrid publisher, to cloak itself in respectability, but it was clear enough what it was. For several thousand dollars, it would publish my novel. What it would do in return was… Read more

  • Stylistic Notes on Gandalf’s Meeting with the Nazgûl

    October 1, 2022 by

    J. R. R. Tolkien is rarely discussed as a stylist. Sometimes, he is dismissed outright. And it is fair to say that his writing’s quality varies wildly. Yet at his best, Tolkien shows a control that is so unassuming that it can be easy to miss. One of his most outstanding passages comes at the… Read more

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