The Future of Fantasia Hearth

So I didn’t really mean to take a blogging hiatus at ALL, let alone one that was nearly a year-long. But it happened, and life happens, and so here we are and it’s September 2018.

Really quickly, though – September means HAPPY ONE YEAR BIRTHDAY to The A-Zs of Worldbuilding! And… *drumroll* I’m doing something to celebrate!

The A-Zs of Worldbuilding: Building a Fictional World From Scratch by Rebekah Loper

Anyone who signs up for my newsletter in the month of September will get The A-Zs of Worldbuilding ebook for FREE.

Yes, you read that right! So what are you waiting for? Go sign up now!

Current subscribers: if you would like the free ebook as well, just shoot me an email at rebekah(dot)loper(at)gmail and let me know if you’d like .mobi or .epub!

Additionally, I’m putting together a Worldbuilding NaNo Prep Course that will launch on Monday, September 3rd!

You will need to sign up for my newsletter to access the course – just select the box labeled “Worldbuilding NaNo Prep Course”. 😉

I won’t lie, I started putting the course together, erm, yesterday, but partly because I need the impetus to get the worldbuilding for my NaNo story this year started – I’ve got it almost plotted, but yeah… very little worldbuilding.

And on that newsletter note… if you follow my blog, you may want to sign up for my general newsletter. Because off and on this last year while I wasn’t blogging, I realized that I didn’t miss blogging. At all. I used to love it, but algorithms and SEO standards keep changing and it’s just so stressful to even think about anymore, let alone worry about getting traffic TO the blog.

Fantasia Hearth isn’t going AWAY, per se, but… it is changing.

I’ve come to realize that I can either pour my creative energy into a blog, or I can pour it into my stories.

I’m choosing my stories.

Fantasia Hearth is going to change into my central hub – a true website, not a blog. I will post occasional news, etc, but it’s really going to be where everything else I do connects – my books/writing, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc.

My goal is to send out 1-2 newsletters per month just to connect with you all – I’ll talk about projects I’m working on, both writing and home/garden, and less about everything that feels like it’s going wrong in my life (Honestly, I often feel like my life is just a series of catastrophes).

Hopefully. It’s hard, because I often feel like I owe explanations for why I’ve… disappeared. Or not followed through on a self-imposed deadline. I struggle between the extremes of “no excuses, period!” and “it’s really out of my hands.”

Now that we’ve covered the important things, if you ARE curious about what’s happened this past almost-year, here’s the short version… Continue reading “The Future of Fantasia Hearth”

Worldbuilding Wednesday – Queens – October 25

Through the end of 2017, Worldbuilding Wednesday themes are going to coincide with the chapters for my new workbook, The A-Zs of Worldbuilding (based off a blog series I posted back in 2014). So, if you’d like an idea of what’s coming ahead, just go peek at that. 😉

Using the theme is not required for participation, but is just a jumping point if you don’t know what to start with.

There is no giveaway winner for last week. (or announce giveaway winner)

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Queens

Okay, so this is less about queens specifically and more about government in general.

If you’ve read fantasy or sci-fi you know that the governments of choice tend to be either monarchies and/or totalitarian systems (respectively). There are some variations, but with the trend (especially in sci-fi) leaning toward dystopian, it’s easy to feel like every story deals with the same government, and is almost always a commentary on current events.  Continue reading “Worldbuilding Wednesday – Queens – October 25”

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Worldbuilding Wednesday – Plants – October 18

Through the end of 2017, Worldbuilding Wednesday themes are going to coincide with the chapters for my new workbook, The A-Zs of Worldbuilding (based off a blog series I posted back in 2014). So, if you’d like an idea of what’s coming ahead, just go peek at that. 😉

Using the theme is not required for participation, but is just a jumping point if you don’t know what to start with.

There is no giveaway winner for last week.

If you’d like to receive an early preview of the Worldbuilding Wednesday theme each week (going out on the Sunday prior to the new topic), please sign up for my newsletter and mark that you’d like to receive the Worldbuilding Wednesday Reminders.

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Plants

Plants serve a multitude of purposes, such as food production, medicine, enjoyment, just to name a few. You and your characters don’t have to be botany experts, but there are a few basic things to consider when you integrate plant life into your world, especially if it plays any role in your story.  Continue reading “Worldbuilding Wednesday – Plants – October 18”

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