Friday, June 30, 2017

How to Make Custom Dropcaps Using Inkscape (interior book design)

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Grand Conspiracy

The Grand Conspiracy is a piece of skeptical wisdom in two parts - first, the grander the conspiracy, the less likely it is to be true; second, the grander the conspiracy, the more likely somebody who already believes in the conspiracy will assume contrary evidence is in fact part of the conspiracy. I use the example of "flat earth," an idea that gained popularity in the 19th century in certain religious circles, and has gained ground today.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

How to Add Texture to Text in Inkscape - how I created the title of my l...

In this video, I show how I created the textured, bright text I used on the cover of my latest book, The Water of Awakengin, out on July 7 on Amazon. I show how to clip textures using strokes and filled text, how to use interior drop shadows to shade the letters, and how to "lift" the text off the background using rear drop shadows.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Cover Reveal of my New Fantasy Book - The Water of Awakening

The new heroic fantasy book The Water of Awakening is on the way. Below I, David V. Stewart, reveal the new cover! The story is part of the classic heroic/adventure fantasy tradition, with plenty of new elements thrown in.


Saturday, June 3, 2017

Dune movie adaptation - Analysis

On this episode of Writers of the Dawn, fantasy authors David V. Stewart and Matthew J. Wellman talk about the successes and failures of Dune as a movie, specifically the David Lynch adaptation. Lynch considered it a failure and refused to put his name on (oddly) the director's cut, but we consider the movie to be a success.

Writers of the dawn is:

Matthew J. Wellman – Urban Fantasy author, musician