We are all guilty of doing stupid things, it’s part of evolving as a human. For a majority of the population, these mistakes teach us valuable lessons about how to behave in the future. For others, there is no sense of rhyme or reason as to why they do the things they do.

We all know someone who falls into the latter category. No matter how hard they fall, it’s impossible to knock any sense into them. 

In this modern world, it seems that a majority of these people pursue a career as a prankster. Inspired by the likes of the  Jackass  cast, these people (read: idiots) put their life on the line for other people’s entertainment. However, the difference between professional pranksters, such as Steve-O and those who film themselves performing deranged acts in their bedroom, is a vague awareness of what the repercussions may be.

This feels like a momentous occasion; it certainly has felt like a lot of work! This series has been nearly eight years in the making, with a fair number of fits and starts along the way.

So this blog post is like a message to my former self – as well as to anyone embarking on a trilogy. Here’s the things I wish I’d done, plus the (few) things I did do that worked well.

Typically, a writer will have rules that are based around location or appearance (you can’t have a black-haired character suddenly becoming blonde without a reason) but in fantasy the rules are way more extensive and can include magic, technology, religion, geography: in fact, any part of life. This makes writing fantasy fun, but full of pitfalls.

We are all guilty of doing stupid things, it’s part of evolving as a human. For a majority of the population, these mistakes teach us valuable lessons about how to behave in the future. For others, there is no sense of rhyme or reason as to why they do the things they do.

We all know someone who falls into the latter category. No matter how hard they fall, it’s impossible to knock any sense into them. 

In this modern world, it seems that a majority of these people pursue a career as a prankster. Inspired by the likes of the  Jackass  cast, these people (read: idiots) put their life on the line for other people’s entertainment. However, the difference between professional pranksters, such as Steve-O and those who film themselves performing deranged acts in their bedroom, is a vague awareness of what the repercussions may be.

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