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Nicholas Galante

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Nicholas Galante was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The son of two English teachers, he started writing stories for his friends when he was eleven years old. He earned his B.A. in Literature and English with distinction from Juniata College, and his M. Phil. in Popular Literature from Trinity College, Dublin. His first novel, Morningstar Ascendant, was published by Black Rose Writing in August of 2016, and he has written several academic articles on comics studies.

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Nicholas Galante I am! I'll be happy to discuss this with you in more detail then, if you'd like, because this is a complicated question with a lot of caveats and exce…moreI am! I'll be happy to discuss this with you in more detail then, if you'd like, because this is a complicated question with a lot of caveats and exceptions to it. I'll do my best to keep this succinct, however.

Tone can be tricky, and rereading is definitely a huge part of it. There were a number of times during my revisions that I found myself thinking "this isn't quite right." The first chapter of Morningstar, for example, was always the same scene, and the same events happened in the same order, but it took several attempts before I got the tone just right. Part of that was the fact that it was the first chapter; I knew how I wanted to introduce the character of Mrs. Delaney, but until I looked back on the first chapter as a component of the whole, I wasn't aware that my original tone wasn't right for her character. It can be hard to know exactly what you're going for before the work as a whole has taken shape.

The best advice I can give is not to get too hung up in worrying about it. You'll find that a good portion of tone comes naturally, because you have a deliberate intent when writing any given scene. You know if you want it to be gloomy, or joyful, or suspenseful, and you'll purposefully choose your words to reach that end. You're not always going to get the tone right on the first try, but that's what revising is for.(less)
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Recently, the library I work at posted an interesting article to its social media: a piece from Wired entitled “D&D Must Grapple With the Racism in Fantasy.” This article sparked some discussion among students as well as staff, including a lengthy conversation with one of my fellow librarians. As a writer and avid reader of fantasy, as well as a D&D player, I realized that I had a lot of thoughts Read more of this blog post »
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“Who are you then?"
"I am part of that power which eternally wills evil and eternally works good.”
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“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”
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“Faërie contains many things besides elves and fays, and besides dwarfs, witches, trolls, giants, or dragons; it holds the seas, the sun, the moon, the sky; and the earth, and all things that are in it: tree and bird, water and stone, wine and bread, and ourselves, mortal men, when we are enchanted.”
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“Now especially since man has the strength to destroy the world, it is the responsibility of man to keep it alive, in all its beauty and marvelous joy.”
Susan Cooper, Silver on the Tree

John Milton
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Illimitable ocean, without bound,
Without dimension; where length, breadth, and height,
And time, and place are lost;”
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