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How I’m Outlining Dragonfired

I put a lot of work into maintaining my little website. I spruce things up here and there. I tweak copy. I add fun lore about Arth. Still, people are most interested in the colorful bars that show how far along the next book is. If you’re one of those progress-trackers, you may like this video; it goes into a bit more depth about why this outline is taking so long, and why I think the new process will ultimately help me deliver Dragonfired faster.

Warning: The video contains minor spoilers for things that may or may not actually happen at the beginning of Dragonfired. (I’m not being coy. The story will change in the drafting and revision process.) If you hate (minor) spoilers, don’t read the outline.

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Gnow Your Gnomes: Dwerrow

Drawing of a Dwerrow man and woman

The Gnomes of Clan Erdin, or Hill Gnomes, are often mistaken for Dwarves. They’re just a head shorter than Dwarves, but otherwise have similar stocky builds, long beards, and muscular frames. Other key differences from Dwarves include narrower shoulders, rounder features, and (perhaps most significantly), the presence of female Dwerrow. Even with these key differences, Dwerrow have historically been called “Hill Dwarves” in some areas. The term is falling into disuse, however, as Dwerrow consider it insensitive, and Dwarves consider it grounds for violence.

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