How (not) to Use Real History in Your Fantasy World

Here's a quick tip to help you polish your fantasy novel outlines and world-building. While it is common--perhaps unavoidable--to add historical inspirations to your fantasy world, you should do so in moderation. And you should be sure to differentiate your fantasy world from its real-world inspiration. Copying too much from a historical example can come off …

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(Flash Story) The Adventures of Iric, Vol 20

Iric’s heart thundered in his chest as he strode to the cafe. Hunter hopped along at his side. Seeming to notice his apprehension, the dog rubbed her head reassuringly against his leg. The young watchman stopped in his tracks. A thousand emotions and thoughts fought for center stage in his mind. He stared at the …

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(Flash Story) The Adventures of Iric, Vol 19

Iric couldn’t have guessed that Sergeant Vott was such an avid Foxes and Larks player. The moment the big man found out the rookie watchman was learning the game, he disappeared into the dark, dusty storage room. “Any man with even a slight measure of wits should know this game,” Vott said from the cavernous …

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(Flash Story) The Adventures of Iric, Vol 18

The old man chuckled, the wisdom lines on his face bursting out in chaotic patterns, not unlike the cracks on a spot of sun-dried mud after a storm. “This isn’t funny,” Iric said, trying to contain his frustration. “There’s a thief on the loose, and if I don’t catch him, Sergeant Vott will have my …

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A Voice in the Water – FFfAW

I haven't been keeping up with my flash fiction challenges lately, and I wasn't intending to do so. But this week, Priceless Joy--the person who manages Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers--is suffering from a personal loss. FFfAW is one of my favorite little flash prompt groups, and Priceless Joy is such a kind and generous fellow …

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My story in Fantasia Divinity Magazine, Issue 9

One of my Iric stories, under the title "Dragon's Tongue," is featured in this month's Fantasia Divinity Magazine. You can read it online here: READ ONLINE NOW! Or you can grab the paperback here: BUY ON AMAZON! I hope you will consider picking up the print version and supporting this great indie publisher. Fantasia Divinity has …

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Here’s to breaking new ground! – Check out my story now on Eternal Remedy

Things seem to be picking up for me. I had another story published today, this time by Eternal Remedy. This story was originally posted on my blog under the title The Adventures of Iric, Vol. 7. A unique title was added during the submission process. The story is now called "Memories of the South." The stuff …

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