A Tome by Any Other Name

As I was doing research for my recent two articles on the creation of “Tears from Iron”, I also stumbled across some brainstorms regarding the book title.  I thought I’d…

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Quotes: The Birth of Empire

This is my third article on the quotes that begin each chapter of “Tears from Iron.”  You can find the other two articles here: Concerning Chapter Quotes Quotes: Memories of…

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Behind the Pages: Vitarria

It’s been a while since I last wrote a “Behind the Pages.”  This stems, in part, from a desire for variety but also from my increased focus on the characters…

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Cities of the Kayrstaran Empire

Having spent the past couple articles talking about general writing themes, I thought it might be time to return again to the world of “Tears from Iron” and the empire…

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Reigliff, Isi, and Independence

On this, the eve of our own country’s day of independence, it seemed appropriate for me to discuss freedom in “Tears from Iron” as well.  But I’m going to take…

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Quotes: Memories of the Great War

While the series that “Tears from Iron” begins is called “Memories of the Cataclysm,” the Cataclysm was the second of two devastating events that struck Isfalinis. It was immediately preceded…

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The Aestarin Alphabet

Last week, we looked at some background on the languages of the Aestari and humans, particularly concerning the names of peoples and places and how they interrelate.  Now, let’s take…

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Behind the Pages: Fritten

Not a heroic figure like so many among the Kalilaer and Scions, Fritten is, in his own way, the most worthy of our pity. Captured at such a young age…

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