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  1. 6 Unexpected Things I've Learned From Writing Fantasy

    I'm working on my first fiction novel. I've written nonfiction for years through my blog and also nonfiction books and manuals. Switching into fiction has been fun and a bit of a learning curve. Here are 6 things I've learned on my journey so far:

    1. Writing fantasy is a lovely escape from the real world. I can take normal day stuff that is inspiring and incorporate it into my story. Or I can take normal day stuff about people who drive me crazy and incorporate it into my characters. ...
  2. Chapter 1: Awakening

    "Where are you taking us anyway?" Nyla asked as she struggled to free the skirt of her dress from the clutches of a bristle bush.

    "It's not far now," Jarius assured her, taking a sip from the battered canteen that hung from his shoulder, "It'll be worth it, I promise."

    "This isn't like those 'dragon eggs' you found that were just a bunch of rocks, is it?" Darian asked, stopping to cut the branches that had snagged his cousin's ...
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  3. Jesse Woodram and the Kobold Menace (Working Title) Part One

    I would like to thank user ATKH for beta-reading my work. He's a gem and a good editor, not afraid to tell me where I'm weak and where I need to improve. Thanks, buddy.



    The train hissed into the station.
    Arcs of galvanic energy cracked and popped across the rails as the train came to a stop. Multicolored light from the noon sun streamed down through the stained glass ceiling of the station, bathing the floor with yellows, reds, blues, and oranges.
    Jesse ...
  4. Lighter

    A light flickers in the distance
    a tiny warm glow in the darkness of the desert night
    it's a cigarette lighter.

    A face in the darkness puts the flame up to his lips
    and lights his cigar
    smoking in the dark.

    He can see the dry dirt below him as he walks
    feel it crunch under his boots
    it is cold.

    He is on his way to his truck,
    if he can ever find it.

    He thinks the lighter will help him see ...
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  5. The Countess Of Shimmering Bay: EXCERPT 3

    Continued...

    When Filip came to, he was being carried out of the woods by Mieshka and Alek. Laura cried alongside him. He tried to speak.

    “No,” she said, and stroked his cheek. “Save your strength.”

    So he did.

    ***

    Filip groaned under a layer of furs in his bedchamber. A fire crackled in the hearth. He heard the clinking of dishes across the room and smelled fish stew. His body ached with uncontrollable shivers. He felt awful. ...

    Updated 3-16-17 at 2:21 PM by Chessie

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