Character Development: Writing Realistic Personalities & Flaws
 

Writing Realistic Personalities & Flaws

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Sara C. Roethle Interview – The Witch of Shadowmarsh
 

Sara C. Roethle

Interview - The Witch of Shadowmarsh

 
The Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin-King – Cover Reveal & Excerpt!
 

The Lore of Prometheus

Cover Reveal & Excerpt!

 

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The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander

The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander
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It seems that I have a thing for sentient elephants. My first experience was the excellent Downward to the Earth by Robert Silverberg. But, The Only Harmless Great Thing is much more than just sentient elephants, it’s an emotional piece of work creating a quite plausible alternate reality that makes us think about the morality […]

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Birth of the Firebringer by Meredith Ann Pierce

Birth of the Firebringer by Meredith Ann Pierce
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Spoilers Warning: This review contains spoilers. Please read with caution if you have yet to finish the book. “He was born under a dark moon.” I grew-up with a hearty, diverse digestion of equestrian nonfiction: Anna Sewell’s Victorian Black Beauty, Walter Farley’s The Black Stallion series and Will James’ Western Smoky the Cowhorse. Peter S. […]

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Elements of Fantasy: Owls

Elements of Fantasy: Owls 

Of all the bird species, owls have a unique talent for scaring the dickens out of people. They hide during the day and bellow haunting hoots throughout the night. Owls can have a panoramic view of the landscape by rotating their necks like possessed teens. They can stare down the fiercest creatures, which makes them […]

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Warriors by Erin Hunter – Series Review

Warriors by Erin Hunter – Series Review 

When I hear my twelve-year-old weeping, I know one of two things is happening: a) she’s reached the climax of another Warriors book, or b) there’s been another tragic death in a Warriors book. This massive series has been my daughter’s singular book obsession for roughly a quarter of her life. She occasionally takes a […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Writing In A Subgenre You Don’t Like

Monthly Short Story Winner: Writing In A Subgenre You Don’t Like 

We chose this topic to achieve two things: First, to acquaint entrants with something new, and second, to help entrants identify what they normally don’t like about their chosen subgenre. We hoped this would force them to write something different, rejuvenating the genre for them. And we are happy to say, the experiment was a […]

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E. J. Swift Interview – Paris Adrift

E. J. Swift Interview – Paris Adrift 

E. J. Swift is the author of the Osiris Project trilogy, whose three novels Osiris (2012) Cataviero (2013) and Tamaruq (2015) explore a world transfigured by climate change, in a water-bound city in which the elite live in luxury whilst the have-nots live in poverty. Her award-winning short fiction has appeared in Interzone, and the […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Potions and Elixirs

Monthly Short Story Winner: Potions and Elixirs 

Outside of RPGs and adventure games, potions hadn’t been very popular until a certain professor humiliated a little wizard student lesson after lesson in his potion class. This month our entrants were to show us there is more to potions than Severus Snape, Felix Felices and Polyjuice Potion. Rules: 1. This must be prose or […]

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Elements of Fantasy – Frogs

Elements of Fantasy – Frogs 

For a dame seeking a handsome, wealthy husband who has an affluent family, all she needed to do was kiss a lot of frogs. Simple and foolproof. The Brothers Grimm received most of the credit for igniting the folklore about a frog who helped a girl find her ball in a well. He pressured the […]

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Rats and Cats in Fantasy

Rats and Cats in Fantasy 

Two animals that have, throughout history, built up a lot of superstition concerning them are rats and cats. So it’s not surprising that these creatures also pop up a lot in fantasy. Both can be found accompanying witches as familiars, though rats are just as likely to find themselves as one of the ingredients in […]

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