Leo Rián's blog

Dungeon Mastering Will Help You Write

Yes, Dungeons and Dragons is an idea whose time has come for a second time. Only now, it thrives in a more mainstream cultural environment. Moreover, there is a vibrance to today's D&D culture that revitalizes old gamers like myself and gives me hope for the future. When I walk into a game store and see a 20-something, dice-wielding dungeon master bringing serious credit to the art, I wait for eye contact and then nod from across the room at them. Okay, that might be a little weird, but I get all choked up over it. I love that it is so popular now.

A Moody Monday

In some ways, I knew it was coming. It all started with a solid plan to start the revision process with the prologue. I had recently been duly notified of the obscene number of glue words, adverbs, sentence starter repeats and well, a bunch of other unpleasant stuff in my book which I needed to address. Intellectually, I am on board and I want to do this book right. I have heard all of the many reasons why this process is all important and I agree.

Art as Inspiration to Write: Michael Whelan's Stormbringer

     Enjoying paperback book cover art has been one of my guilty pleasures since I was a kid. If there was paperback cover art to be stared at, well I stared at it. Sometimes that was my ultimate goal going into the library. I did read as well, but there were some days I would just consume paperback cover art. Well there have been some covers that impacted me more than others. Some of them even inspired me to write. I thought I would share one of the most impactful.

Making Tough Choices: A Harsh Realization About Professional Writing

     Other than writing, has there ever been an occupation as worthy of the title Professional Choice Maker? Ok, don't answer that. There are likely a lot. But, certainly writing can be counted among them. I have been sitting on this book for some time now. I started it in 2009 (it's okay to judge. I would.) and finished it last year. I don't know exactly what I thought was going to happen once I typed the last sentence but whatever it is, it hasn't happened yet. I know, I know.

Why I Write

     Perhaps more than any other time in my life, people have been asking me why I write. It seems odd to me when I think about it. Some days, I would rather people ask me what I write. But in those moments, there are not words enough to satisfy my answer. Trying to compress the whole of it into a discreet answer seems impossible. But because it is so important to me, I can be a bit, well, let's call it enthusiastic. Normally, I get only a few sentences out before I see a general loss of interest in the asker.

Three Words and a Picture 1

Like so many writers, I enjoy a good writing prompt. And it seems as though there are as many types of writing prompts as there are writers. Some time ago, I was looking for writing prompts online when I suddenly realized I could not pick one due to sheer option paralysis. I thought that if a prompt could be somewhat random, then it might seem easier to start the writing process. So, I came up with the concept of Three Words and a Picture.

Longing for Light: A Dark Fantasy Trope Worth Writing

     In the search to define the increasingly nebulous term Dark Fantasy, I have found myself surrendering to self-imposed meditations during which I try to relegate the din of the interwebs on the subject to the back of my mind. No, it hasn't worked so well to that end, really. However, it has helped me to integrate the cacophony of online content into my own pre and post internet experiences as an enthusiast and consumer of dark fantasy into a shortlist of more-or-less generalized Dark Fantasy constructs and tropes.

Writing Dark Fantasy: Art as Inspiration

There are many ways that writers are inspired to write, spanning the gamut of available entertainment modalities, occurrences in daily life and well just about everything in between. And writers are typically inspired by a variety of things all of which can change over time. However, for me, the single most impactful form of inspiration for my writing has come from art. That is, imagery mostly in the form of fantasy and science fiction paintings or illustrations. It is my desire to share some of those images with you along with the way that they affected me as a writer.