Prequels, Sequels and Spin-Offs – Can You Have Too Much of a Good Thing?

We live in an era of abundance in every possible way. And I don’t mean can we consume too much, because the answer to that is always yes. Addiction is a thing, and no matter how much we wish it weren’t true, too much chocolate will have a negative impact on your health.

But can we HAVE too much?

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5 Big SFF Books I Really Want to Read

SFF books tend to be big. Most fantasies are 100,000 words or more, which is a lot. And it makes sense when you think about it. There’s usually a lot of worldbuilding and set up in these sorts of novels, and that takes words. Lots of ’em.

But even among the beefy fantasy and science fiction books out there, there are some that are almost ridiculous in their length. These are the chunky boys – the massive tomes you could use to hammer nails with, and they are usually, by nature of their length, far more intimidating. But I wouldn’t be a true SFF fan if I didn’t at least try to sink my teeth into some of those tomes, am I right?

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What is the Difference Between Fantasy and Science Fiction?

In theory, it should seem pretty obvious. Science Fiction is spaceships and aliens, and fantasy is all about magic and wizards and medieval kingdoms. This very limited view has a very recognizable visual.

But then you have something like Star Wars. With futuristic weaponry, space battles and all sorts of unusual species. At first glance, it would appear very science fiction. But is it? You also have the weird woo-woo that is the Force, and an order of powered people protecting the balance between good and evil. And a dark empire to boot. Add to that, there is nothing intrinsically scientific or speculative about any of the movies. They never explore how the Death Star functions. They don’t explore the concept of war in space, at least not on a very deep level. The stormtroopers, while their visual is iconic, fail on a practical level. It has the look of science fiction while borrowing tropes and concepts from fantasy.

And when you get right down to it, the genres have a lot in common. They frequently involve unusual, sometimes impossible elements, whether that be magic or technology. All stories have an implicit ‘what if’ to them, but it’s even more present in fantasy and science fiction, which usually have some hook to their ‘what if’, like what if dragons were real? What if we could download our consciousness onto the internet? This is where the term speculative fiction came from – a way of categorizing those stories that use elements that don’t exist in the real world as part of their set up. The author is speculating about what sort of a world might exist, whether it’s Earth or some fictional world.

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5 Tropes that Never Get Old

We consume a lot of media. Some would say too much. But with such an abundance of movies, games and books, there are bound to be a few tropes that you get tired of.

ALAS! This post is not about that. It’s about my FAVOURITE tropes. The ones that, no matter how many times I’m exposed to them (which as a gamer and SFF geek can be pretty often), I never get sick of them. These are tropes that encourage me to read that book or play a game, rather than turn me away. And by nature of my interests they also happen to feature fairly prominently in the SFF genres.

But they’re still fun and I will always adore them. Here we go!

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How Much Worldbuilding is Too Much?

The short and unsatisfying answer is it depends.

If you’ve ever written a fantasy or sci-fi novel, you know that how much worldbuilding you need can vary wildly depending on the complexity of the world and the story you’re telling. And chances are you may have heard the term Worldbuilder’s Disease thrown around here or there. It’s a devastating illness, that can come about suddenly and cut down unsuspecting ideas and manuscripts.

Maybe I’m being a little dramatic. But it is a potential pitfall when you’re worldbuilding, and it can be a big threat to your productivity and your motivation.

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4 Ways to Avoid Burnout When Your a Workaholic

One of the most troublesome realities of being a workaholic is this one: you cannot work indefinitely.

Now of course, there are things like food and sleep that are necessary to our survival no matter how much we might try to convince ourselves otherwise, but that isn’t what I’m talking about.

Outside basic necessities and unshakeable responsibilities, we can (and frequently do) spend the rest of our time working, especially if you have your own business, and/or you work from home. I’ve been there. Heck, I’m still doing it even though I know I shouldn’t. This is one of those posts that’s as much about reminding me as it is about helping you.

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