Scalzi’s “The Big Idea” –
Weave the Lightning
“With infinite possible worlds, why are imagined societies so often burdened by the same glass ceilings and arbitrary lines in the sand as our world?”
Scalzi’s “The Big Idea” –
The Storm’s Betrayal
“I love when fiction forces a character to confront deeply held beliefs and, through struggle, become a better human. But what happens if the character must return to the world that originally shaped them?”
“Have you ever read a secondary character that intrigued you so much, you wished you could know them better? For me, in Weave the Lightning, that character was Filip…”
- People can believe in terrible things
- People are complicated; so, too, magic.
- Sometimes, you just have to explain.
- Break open your reveals.
- It’s okay to trash a draft.
We chat about magic systems, what we can learn in scrapping an entire draft, & my debut novel.
Plus, we laugh a lot.
How writing short fiction improved my craft, my passion to write, and the release of Weave the Lightning.
The push-pull of technology and magic; my deep, abiding love of Babylon 5; and my top pick for pandemic relaxation.
The push-pull of magic and technology, how being a physicist affects Corry’s writing, CP violation… and more.
Why a particle physicist would write historical fantasy, the appeal of resistance fighters, the dangers of uncontrolled power… and more.
My Odyssey experience, my biggest writing weakness (and how I’m overcoming it), and some challenges in writing Weave the Lightning.
The appeal of a travelling circus, how being a scientist influences Corry’s worldbuilding, and their “crunchy” magic system… and more.
Corry’s first fiction piece, challenges of writing, and memorable quotes…
How Corry came to genre fiction, Weave the Lightning‘s spiritual shelf-neighbors… and more.
Influences on Weave the Lightning, who I’d cast in the movie, and next great reads…
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EMPIRE. REVOLUTION. MAGIC.
Gerrit is the son of Bourshkanya’s Supreme-General. Despite his powerful storm-affinity and the State’s best training, he can’t control his magic. To escape the brutal consequences, he flees.
Celka is a travelling circus performer, hiding both her link to the underground and her storm-affinity from the prying eyes of the secret police. But Gerrit’s arrival threatens to expose everything: her magic, her family, and the people they protect.
The storms have returned, and everything will change.