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Combat Wizard and New Mexico

October 24, 2013
Posted at 11:37 am

My journey has taken me to the heart of New Mexico for a couple days. I'm in Bernardo, a small town about 50 miles south of Albuquerque. It's a lovely place and the RV park caters especially to folks with horses and pets. I have neither, but it's nice to have the horses nearby. The park is a little close to the freeway for my taste, but I suffer willingly.

New Mexico also happens to be the setting of GraySapien's "Combat Wizard" stories. I started reading the newest in that series, "Combat Wizard: Wizard at Work," when he started posting at the end of August. I'd enjoyed his unique take on psi talents in the original "Combat Wizard." Then I realized that I would be in New Mexico this week and saved the rest of the story until I arrived. I'm trying not to be a greedy little bastard and eat the whole thing in one sitting.

GraySapien has told me not to be surprised if Battleship Rock has returned upright and assures me the "earthquakes" have passed. Aside from that, I find that just being on the route that Ray and T travel from Northern New Mexico to El Paso and back to add a little to the story. And when I make it down to El Paso next week, of course, I'll be looking at the settings for a few of my favorite time-travel stories like "El Paso - Joe J" by Joe J.

I like exploring the places of fiction in real life. I know a few people have done the same with my work. Occasionally we authors get comments along the lines of "but there's no Pier 66 in Seattle." Well, that's why it's fiction. We use places that are real and then make them into what is needed by the story. I'm looking forward to visiting Waco Texas (MattHHelm), North Carolina (carniegirl), Oklahoma (JRyter), and even Cape Cod (CodCapers), but I don't expect everything I see to be the same as what I read about.

And on that note, I'll mention that "The Props Master 1: Ritual Reality" is set with the first half in Indianapolis and the second half in The Lake District of England. After the first of the year, I'll start "The Props Master 2: A Touch of Magic" in Minneapolis. When I get to "The Props Master 3: Child of Earth" most of the story will be set in Chicago. And the story I'm about to write as part of NaNoWriMo in November is set in Wyoming. If you live in one of those places or are familiar with them, I'm always looking for resources and advice. Thanks!