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…

BOOKS WITH A BITE: “My Lord” by L.B. Shimaira ! (Book Blog Post!)

For information on this blog, click here! Today's feature: My Lord by L. B. Shimaira My Lord brings some rather unique vampire lore to the table, which I wish was explored more in the work! Vampires here have 'transcended' and become immortal. Their blood is purple/dark fuchsia, which is an unusual take and very creative.…

Horror Discussion: Should you Show the Monster?

Image credit here! A heavy discussion point in the horror genre is whether or not to show the monster. I know many people say it's better not to see it, but I personally disagree. Granted, a badly-made monster is better left unseen, but that would be something I'd count as a major flaw in your…

5 Ideas for Creating Magical Diseases/Curses

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect a lot of people, which can be expressed in creative elements like writing. A good plot point could be utilizing diseases like this to tell a story and send a message, be it how your characters would respond to such a disease, or how society does so as a…

How I write Deities in my Works

This piece of Hades is by eldrtchmoon! The Gods are a hot topic in many works, whether they're present as a singular god, multiple, or not there at all. Religion is one of the most important aspects of society, and it tends to change over time. I think progression in a religion is a very…