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Dargonzine 31-2 Editorial

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DargonZine 31, Issue 2

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It’s Summit Time!! Yep! That’s right, my favorite time of year, even if we don’t hold the Summit as annually as we would like. Sometimes it’s hard getting even just a few of us together. But here it is again, when several of the still-intrepid, not-quite-as-young-as-we-used-to-be authors of the Dargon Project convene, en masse, on a singular location to talk Dargon, socialize, play games, explore the region, potentially learn something new, and generally waste time while we pretend to write. And sometimes we get a lot of ...

Dargonzine 31-1 Editorial

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DargonZine 31, Issue 1

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One of the advantages of writing fiction in a medieval setting is the ability to know and understand all the technology in as much detail as you need. A quick Google search can reveal the secrets of making daub and wattle, or how to shoot a heading with an astrolab, or how to rig a sail, allowing the writer to use as much, or as little, technological detail in their writing as they desire. After all, the so-called "Dark Ages" ...

Dargonzine 30-3 Editorial

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DargonZine 30, Issue 3

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  Charleston, South Carolina, in November. Magical. That’s all I can say. It’s not just the incredible history, or the ghost tours, or the food and drink, or the people – who are wonderful and happy to see you – it’s the atmosphere. There’s a palpable … something … here. Maybe it’s the fact that the city is over 300 years old (which might not impress our foreign readers, but for Americans … this place is ...

Dargonzine 30-2 Editorial

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DargonZine 30, Issue 2

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Well, it’s that time of year again – we just had our (sort of) annual Summit, which means I generally come back and write an editorial about the Summit. It’s easy, because I’ve got material ready at hand to discuss. The downfall is, it’s almost always the same: “I loved Summit, it was so great, it was awesome seeing everyone again and I got writing done!” Well … it’s true. I do love Summit. The ...

Dargonzine 30-1 Editorial

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DargonZine 30, Issue 1

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Some folks say that variety is the spice of life, and if so, then it’s a variety of beliefs that create the spice of drama. After all, if everyone believed the same things, then everyone would get along, mostly, and there would be less conflict. And without conflict, there is no story to tell. Conflict isn’t just saying A versus B, however – in literature, you have to build believability behind the conflict, and put into perspective ...

Dargonzine 29-2 Editorial

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DargonZine 29, Issue 2

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Writing is challenging. This is not a task to be taken lightly, and certainly not one to go into expecting an immediate level of satisfaction. I can pump out one thousand words a day, but do I feel good about them? Am I satisfied with the quality of the work I've done? Will I ever be? It's as much a battle of writing words on a page as it is of one's ego, because even ...

Dargonzine 29-1 Editorial

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DargonZine 29, Issue 1

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It's only the beginning of May, and it's been a hell of a year -- and not in a good way. Both major US political parties are in an uproar, the coming election in the States looks like it might be Trump vs Clinton which is likely interpreted by outside parties as an entertaining clash between a Reality TV Star and the First Cuckquean (look it up) of America. What could be considered a bigger tragedy, however, are ...

Dargonzine 28-2 Editorial

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DargonZine 28, Issue 2

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So, round about this time every year, I have an Editorial that covers the annual Dargon Summit. This year is no different. That being said, I don't want to bore you with the same old, same old. Is it one of the great bonding experiences of being a Dargon author? Yes. Had attendance (sadly) dropped off? Yes. Am I eager to get more folks wrapped into next year's Summit? Of course. ...

Nessis Romen Gets a Date

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DargonZine 28, Issue 2

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The fall of night is always a mysterious and dangerous time. Across the city of Dargon people work to complete tasks and chores before the setting of the sun and the loss of the day's light make work difficult or impossible. Oil lamps and candles and torches can extend the day by a bit, maybe by a bell or two, but it is best to work by day and sleep by night. Such is the rhythm of life. Not everyone, ...

Dargonzine 28-1 Editorial

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DargonZine 28, Issue 1

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It's been a very busy few months for me. Everyone is busy, I know. When are we supposed to find time to write? Well, arguably, we're supposed to prioritize the things we love, and I have recently gone back to the sport of fencing after a 12 year hiatus. That has been extraordinarily good for me -- sadly, limited to one night a week. But I've also been incredibly bogged down in work and trying ...