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March 4, 1978 (36)
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I graduated from Illinois State University in 2000 with a degree in English Studies. After being a freelance writer and ghostwriter for 5 years, I became a Catastrophe Adjuster (because it pays more). My life consists of working insane hours on storms across the country. I return home on off months to pluck away at my insanely large fantasy series the Chronicles of Covent.
Normal, IL
Chronicles of Covent Two Matts Productions
Glorified Adjuster/Author
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A Ghost & a Whisper…

by jlficks on 06-29-2014 at 09:35 PM
I’ve posted a few of my maps and more humorous blogs here, but I thought I’d take a moment to talk about one of my favorite more serious characters. He’s an assassin, like my lead character Shade, but he is a ballsy and chillingly capable rival who is a true threat to Shade’s crown as world’s top assassin. I call him Raithe and he’s got quite the tongue on him. Let’s begin with a quote from the man’s very lips:

“Of course, I don’t have so widely esteemed reputation as you, Shade,

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A Troll in the Kissing Booth

by jlficks on 11-06-2013 at 12:36 PM
It's been a while. I decided to check up on the old mapping community. I kind of miss the simple joys of mapping prior to all the other fantasy I'm working on. I had meant to blog next about my epic city Doljinaar, City of Kings, but alas my toil has been for naught and I have thus far failed to create my epic city map. Trouble is, I have this idea for an epic vertical map I need to go alongside with my top view of the city I've completed already. Try and try as I may, I lack the art skills to pull

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Dumb Grows, Well, Dumber...

by jlficks on 07-10-2012 at 10:39 AM
Sorry, I've been off the map for so long. I've been meaning to get to my epic city map, but I just spent the last three months driving around the country on storm duty. However, I did chat with Arcana a while back and he had advised that blogs on this site are not limited to just map blogs, so I thought I'd post one of my none map blogs that has a lot of character and is not too long, so here goes:

Meet Kishrub and Zulbash, a pair of “hug at your own risk” big dumb

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Updated 07-10-2012 at 10:42 AM by jlficks


Shade's Kind of Town (includes city map)...

by jlficks on 04-23-2012 at 11:41 AM
A lot of readers have noted that our towns possess as much character as our people. Jile is a seedy, remote swamp town located in the heart of the Ice Marshes. The men of Doljinaar have always stuck to the roads that wind far around the marshes, which transformed Jile into a breeding ground for criminals, night mortals, half-breeds and others in hiding. Of course this makes Jile a very dangerous and undesirable place to visit. That said, if you can get past the thug filled taverns, the back alley

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Updated 04-23-2012 at 10:03 PM by jlficks


The Evolution of a Fantasy Map

by jlficks on 03-13-2012 at 07:36 PM
This first image is the original map, as penciled by my partner, J. E. Dugue. J. E. is an all around talented guy. Besides his natural born abilities in writing and music, he is also a natural born artist. He chose to pursue his first two loves, but this map will always possess a special place in my heart. This map was first drawn in the late 90’s when we were in high school.

This is the continent of Sylvane where the first stories take place. Sylvane

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