10 Reasons to Romanticize the Donkey - SFWA Blog Post (Jan 29, 2018)

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I am delighted to share with you a blog I recently wrote for SFWA (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America).   As many of you know, in addition to writing, publishing and consulting, I live a secret life as a Fairy Godmother to all creatures great and small.  My husband and I live on a small horse farm in beautiful Bucks County, PA and we share our home with all manner of pets and transient guests - including a multitude of ghosts - all of whom just kind of show up and either take their rest and leave or, well, stay.  We don’t have much say in all of this.  I suspect there is a secret council that deliberates on the outcome for these visitiors and we simply count ourselves lucky to aquiese to their decisions on such matters.  This, combined with my many years as a veterinary technician, has given me a unique perspective on animals and how to represent them accurately in fiction while giving them a broader role and agency. 

Enjoy the read and please leave comments here or on the SFWA site -  I always want to know what you think and what else you’d like to read about. If you are a SF/F writer, then you should absolutely be a member of this incredible non-profit writer’s resource and advocacy group. 

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Me and my girl


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Epic event - geek crush on R2D2.  Check out his sashay on the way to the Iron Throne for his photo op with me!  (apologies if the video is sideways, I have no idea how to fix this!)


The Bubbi Books

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So now I’ve gone and done it.  Fiddling with the blog feature and managed to publish the page with nothing good to say.  What’s a girl to do?  Bubbi to the rescue!  

You guessed it - when faced with a blank page, pull out your muse.  Mine happens to be this amazing 15 pound pug dog who has overcome more obsticles to survive than any being should ever have to encounter.

And he is HAPPY for every moment of his life.  Ah… deep breath.  Now I can write!

Writing Realistic Fight Scenes

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If you write Science Fiction or Fantasy… or even horror… you know you've written at LEAST one fight scene.  Or perhaps you’ve written many of them.  Chances are there are fight scenes from movies that are stamped into your memory as hallmark examples of how fight scenes should look.

Guess what?  They couldn't be farther from the truth of how these things go down.  Hollywood has programed us to visualize violence in a very specific way.  But combat, whether one-on-one or a melee, is very different in reality.  As authors, we know that the best fiction is always based in truth.

So why should our fight scenes be any different?  I recently read Brent Weeks’ THE LIGHTBRINGER books: a series of fantasy books that, for me, finally came close to what real combat looked like.

Brent credits Sergeant Rory Miller and his books on how to depict violence convincingly (and also how to avoid it in real life).  I recently read them and found them to be an invaluabe resource for writing realistic battle scenes.  In my opinion, they should be required reading for any author who wishes to write anything that touches on fights, violence and war.

Start with Meditations on Violence and then go from there.  

Happy writing!




© Barbara E. Hill 2017