As a security contractor, government civilian and military officer, Myke Cole`s career has run the gamut from Counterterrorism to Cyber Warfare to Federal Law Enforcement. He`s done three tours in Iraq and was recalled to serve during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. All that conflict can wear a guy out. Thank goodness for fantasy novels, comic books, late night games of Dungeons and Dragons and lots of angst fueled writing. Find Myke on Twitter: @MykeCole
Writing the Battle
Warfare in fantasy is an intimate thing. This is driven partially by the need for drama in a story, and partially by the overwhelming prevalence of the medieval/ancient setting. When the best you can do is a sword, every fight is hand-to-hand, close enough to smell your enemy’s breath, to see the look on his face when the blade goes in, to see, smell and feel his insides coming out. It takes a while to kill a man with a sword. It leaves plenty of time for snatches of snappy dialogue, catchy one-liners just before the coup de grace is delivered, “I want my father back, you sonofabitch!” Warfighters are valorous, heroic individuals who win battles, and eventually wars, by dint of personal strength, ingenuity and resourcefulness.
5 Minutes to Midnight: Warhammer 40,000 and Apocalypse Literature
If you ask me (and you didn’t, but this is my post, so I’m talking about it anyway), media tie-in gets a bum rap. I roll my eyes when folks downplay it as having less literary value than original fiction. R.A. Salvatore’s Drizzt Do’Urden work absolutely rocked my orbit, and Joe Schrieber’s Death Troopers informs my craft to this day. Black Library’s (and Game Designer’s Workshop’s) Warhammer 40,000 universe gets tarred by the same brush, which bugs me even more. Of all the great media tie-in out there, the Warhammer 40,000 universe is doing something unique and important.
Myke Cole is the author of the Shadow Ops military fantasy series coming from Ace (Penguin). The first novel, Control Point, will be published in February, 2012. As a security contractor, government civilian and military officer, Myke Cole’s career has run the gamut from Counterterrorism to Cyber Warfare to Federal Law Enforcement. He’s done three tours in Iraq and was recalled to serve during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. All that conflict can wear a guy out. Thank goodness for fantasy novels, comic books, late night games of Dungeons and Dragons and lots of angst fueled writing. His website is at www.mykecole.com and he tweets as @MykeCole.
It’s all Reality TV
I’m sure I’m not the only person who has had this experience: You turn on the TV and do some channel surfing. If your TV is plugged in on planet Earth, sooner or later, you come across a rerun of Jersey Shore. There’s Snooki, or Snooky, or Snookums, or whatever the heck her name is, squalling over some perceived slight, backstabbing her friends while trying to ensure that her strategically positioned naughty bits cascade out of her three-sizes-too-small halter-top at the most dramatic possible moment.
You’re offended, you’re horrified, you’re insulted to think that you and this woman are members of the same species.
And, try as you might, you can’t change that channel.
I have a lot of friends for whom Jersey Shore, or Judge Judy, or The Simple Life, or any of a host of reality TV shows is a “guilty pleasure.” These are my friends, folks. They’re not like Snooki at all.
So why are they so drawn to her story?