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Religious Extremists Worship One Thing. Toxic Relationships.

I just wanted a cool picture for this article, really. But... implications. For those in the know. This isn't something I wanted to touch upon, but it's been on my mind and I need to get these thoughts out. I've been watching Telltale, and my thought go beyond just the clip I'm about to share.…

Things to do while waiting for agents to respond to your query (SILLY)

Image by 愚木混株 Cdd20 from Pixabay Querying books can be a stressful endeavor, I should know. I've used query tracker to send agents my synopsis, query letter, and the like. As of now... I've gotten 41 rejections. Ow. Not even one full manuscript request for my Norse Mythology Urban Fantasy. That's okay, though. If it…

I made an audiobook! Here’s what I learned.

I am SUPER excited to announce that The Dancing Crow now has an audiobook! It was pretty expensive but incredibly worth it. I'm excited to see where it goes, because it allows so many other folks to actually experience my story. Plus, my narrator, Rein, for the book is badass! He sounds exactly like I…

Quirks & Stuff – Things to Keep in Mind while Character Building

Image by Prawny from Pixabay One of the most important things to me when it comes to writing and reading is a well-made character. As you can see from my extensive character page, I put a lot of work into backstory and appearance for mine. I have a certain brand, and I'm happy to show…

Put that Weapon Down -ways to avoid using overpowered modern weapons in Urban Fantasy

Image credit here! Urban fantasy has its fun points, but it can also get a little bit annoying to balance magic and technology. Questions often come up on: "Why use magic when you can use tech?" and such like that. I've been told that's why cyberpunk + fantasy might not work as well, however I…

Des M. Astor’s 100th BLOG POST! What were the most popular posts? What posts should have gotten more love?

The character art shown here of my avatar is by Gynesisx! Hey folks! I'm pleased to say that this blog has hit 100 posts. I started to post more last summer, trying to schedule something to go out once per week on Saturdays, at least. I've kept to that schedule well, and today I've hit…

5 Ideas for Utilizing Social Media in an Urban Fantasy Setting

Picture credit here! Social media is a huge part of our lives in the modern era. Below I've shared some graphs for active twitter and Facebook users, some of the biggest social media websites in the world. I myself use Twitter quite frequently to both share my feelings and promote my writing. It's important for…

Unpopular Opinion: Some Pop Culture References in Contemporary Fantasy are Okay

Image credit here This one might be a controversial opinion with regard to writing, but I feel it needs to be said. A definition of 'contemporary' is: "belonging to or occurring in the present." While you can sprinkle your world with vague references, directly talking about a piece of pop culture is perfectly fine. I…

BOOKS WITH A BITE: “A Cure for Humanity” by A.L. Haringrey (Book Blog Post!)

For more information on this blog, click here! Today's Feature: A Cure for Humanity by A.L. Haringrey A.L. Haringrey is an urban fantasy vampire author that I have the pleasure of reading and blogging about for the month of April! Her vampire lore has similarities to mine, which I found fascinating and really exciting. I…

5 Ideas for Redeeming a Villain and turning them into an ANTIHERO!

Art credit of Robert Smoke here! I absolutely love antiheroes, and it's a trope I consistently use in every novel I write. There's just something about bad guys double crossing other bad guys and joining the heroes that I adore. This can also go hand-in-hand with the enemies-to-lovers ship, another one that I adore. In…