Voices of the Void – How I wrote it, and what’s in it (video)

Here’s a video I did talking about how I wrote my newest book, Voices of the Void, as well as what sort of story it is. You can pre-order it now!

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Karen the Moneywasher (Dialogue Demo)

The following is a short scene and a half of a story created on my livestream for the purposes of demonstrating dialogue writing. It begins with two characters who banter, revealing their character traits and also through that dialogue reveal the basic elements of a plot goal – Karen needs to launder money. The second (incomplete) scene introduces a third character, exposes his traits, and further develops the main plot goal. It was quite a bit of fun! Check out the entire stream here, then view the file below:

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Crown of Sight – scene 2

Prince Darathel leaned over the table. His sword, made for his father’s hands, banged against the ancient wood and he moved it behind him nervously. Covering the table was an immense map drawn on canvas. Ghostly glowing points and clouds hovered over the surface, indicating where the enemy was camped and where its soldiers moved. The lamp above, filled with the ethereal light of the prim, flickered out for a few moments, dimming the relief of the castle and outer walls, leaving the blue-white of the enemy army on the map as the sole source of light in the room… or nearly so.

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Crown of Sight – scene 1

Enjoy this preview of Crown of Sight – releasing on March 22, 2019. More scenes to come in the following days! 1 Katach sat brooding upon his throne, its carved surfaces gilded with the treasure of his many conquests. Its bulk was held aloft on a wooden stand by two ranks of slaves, who bore it upon two great logs that sat upon their shoulders. Images of demons and human suffering ran up and down the back and sides of the great chair, a baroque cacophony of wicked iconography, dedicated wholly to the lord that sat upon it. Despite the…

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New Novella – The Crown of Sight – releasing March 22

My newest Novella, The Crown of Sight, will release on March 22 for 99 cents! You can pre-order on Amazon here. You can find all other retailers here. I’m very excited to bring this new book to market. A little bit about it: It’s part of a new series: the Eternal Dream Legends series. These will be stories that comprise the myths, legends, and tales of the mainline Eternal Dream sequence. I thought it better to tell some of these stories directly, rather than have to detail any importance through indirect exposition in the main books. If you want another…

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Social Galactic

Find me on the new social media site Social Galactic: https://socialgalactic.com/davidvstewart I’m excited for a new social media network that starts with basics and is small. One interesting feature: Right now there is a 1 MB upload limit across all parts of the site and posts for free users. This is intentional as images cause problems on large platforms with copyright infringement and illegal content (see gab). So right now, the focus is mostly on conversations, not memes, spam, or image wars.

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Writestream 10/31/2018 – NaNoWriMo Prep

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The Water of Awakening, Chapter 1-3 “The Farmwife and the Volva”

My latest book, The Water of Awakening is set to be released on July 7 on Amazon. In in, Helga, a young newly-married woman, is put on a quest for a strange artifact in return for a cure to her husband’s mysterious illness. This artifact, the Water of Awakening, is held by a clan of strange creatures on the edge of Fay, where reality and dreams are one and the same, and road is long and dangerous. Helga quickly quickly realizes that she is out of her depth, but persists and finds friends in unexpected places. If this free preview…

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Why Should I Read Historical Fiction?

Why do readers read historical fantasy? Should you read it? What exactly would you get out of it? Like fantasy, it has to do with the interest of the setting itself, how that setting affects the characters, and the enjoyment of learning about a new culture through a meaningful story. The difference between Historical Fiction and Fantasy is that, unlike fantasy, that culture actually existed, so you are possibly learning and connecting with a real aspect of human history.

David Stewart is the author of Japanese Historical Fiction book Muramasa: Blood Drinker, which takes place in the late Muromachi period of Feudal Japan, otherwise known as the Sengoku, or warring states period.

Why You Should Read Fantasy

In the video below I go over the main reasons that you should read fantasy if you are not doing so already. Fantasy delivers unique settings that are of interest on their own, something not usually present in “realist” fiction. This setting also creates unique characters with perspectives on the human experience that can be profoundly different from what you experience outside of the genre, and this in turn creates plots and stories that are highly original. Don’t be afraid of the big fantasy tomes, because worlds await… If you want to see where I take fantasy you can read…

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