“Even though yo…

“Even though you have a day job, develop that writing work ethic.”

This comment from freelance writer and first-time novelist Tim Sunderland (he blogs using TypePad btw) got me thinking about my own writing work ethic. Thanks to the Wordcount Blogathon I am back on a daily posting schedule, which I will continue. And like Tim, I’m up early (usually by 5 a.m.) and have published at least one blog post on Informed-Ideas.com by 10 a.m. My evenings (after 5 p.m.) are usually reserved for fiction (RP) or skill building (I’m addicted to how-to books at the moment). What do I do in between? It varies but you can bet much of it is blogging or social media related!

The Writer’s Work Habits – What If You Could Not Fail.


The Fatherly Figure in Fantasy

An interesting look at fantasy fathers…until I read this, and started thinking about it, I hadn’t realized how absent fathers were in the fantasy world. Those that do appear are not, necessarily, the best examples or parental role models as this list reveals.


As a warm up for reading this blog, please  say the following five times as quickly as possible: The Fatherly Figure in Fantasy.

I shared some thoughts on Left Coast Voices regarding Father’s Day this Sunday. But it occurred to me that the father figures in epic fantasy gets a tough time. Here is a brief overview of a few of our beloved characters and their fathers (I acknowledge that I am encompassing a wide definition of the genre for this post. Purists – please excuse me this once).

WARNING: There might be spoilers here, so I am giving the name of the character first and won’t be offended if you skip that part.

1. Luke Skywalker:

I know this is sci-fi and not fantasy, but we have all hung there with Luke as his father, who had just chopped off his arm, now looms over him with…

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Matt Smith Leaving DOCTOR WHO

And so the Eleventh Doctor goes….



It’s official. Despite saying he was sticking around through 2014, Matt Smith will be leaving Doctor Who this year. The Christmas special will be his final regular episode. (We’re allowing for his return in a multi-Doctor special in the future, of course.)

From the press release sent out by the BBC:

The BBC is today announcing that Matt Smith is to leave Doctor Who after four incredible years on the hit show. Matt first stepped into the TARDIS in 2010 and will leave the role at the end of this year after starring in the unmissable 50th Anniversary in November and regenerating in the Christmas special. During his time as the Doctor, Matt has reached over 30 million unique UK viewers and his incarnation has seen the show go truly global. He was also the first actor to be nominated for a BAFTA in the role. Doctor Who is BBC…

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