A post in which I explain my model for the construction of propaganda and show how I used that to inform the 'history lessons' featured in The Sword of Kaigen. With 2019 coming to a close, I realized that I've actually written far more Theonite-related content for other people’s blogs than my own. This isn’t… Continue reading World-building Between the Lines: a close-reading of the propaganda in The Sword of Kaigen (Guest Post Sample)
On West African scripts and the real-world origin of the Yammaninke Alphabet. With 2019 coming to a close, I realized that I've actually written far more Theonite-related content for other people’s blogs than my own. This isn’t something I regret; I don’t believe I’ve ever mistaken myself for a blogger or led anyone else to… Continue reading Letters From the Past (Guest Post Sample)
A lot of weird things happen to a story when you work on it from age twelve to twenty-six. The Theonite Series has gone with me through puberty, my first crushes, my Harry Potter phase, my Batman phase, my Star Wars phase, my Shounen anime phase, changing shape with each one. That much thematic confusion… Continue reading Finding a Fantasy World (by turning ours upside down): An Uncomfortably Personal Look Back on the Creation of Duna
Hello Dear Readers! M. L. Wang here. With The Sword of Kaigen coming out in two weeks, I wanted to ramble a bit about the setting, characters, magic system, and the general experience of writing a 600-page fantasy. The Setting While I went to extreme, conscious lengths to research to the West African cultures that inspired the… Continue reading About my upcoming novel – The Sword of Kaigen
I’ve been working on this guide to the different varieties of theonite power to go in the next book and thought I would post it here.