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Romance? No, thank you.

Romance? No, thank you.

When I first began submitting flash fiction for Splickety Magazine, I was pumped to write for two out of their three imprints: Splickety Magazine is focused on general fiction. My Wild West story was first on that list. Havok Magazine was my bread and butter: science fiction and fantasy. I sent in a barbarian vs. ice […]

The Knights Radiant

The Knights Radiant

Over the weekend I finished reading Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson (Don’t worry, there will be no spoilers today) – It is the third installment in the Stormlight Archive. My summed-up review is as follows: Oathbringer continues to explore complex characters with Radiant abilities, and carries the Stormlight Archive into new territory, unraveling more and more […]

Story Tropes – Building a Team

Story Tropes – Building a Team

  Some of my favorite stories revolve around establishing a team of misfits that come together to accomplish an impossible task. Whether that goal is to pull off the biggest heist in Vegas history (Ocean’s 11), or you want to win the Battle of the Bands (School of Rock), finding the right person to fill […]

Love Your Book

Love Your Book

I read a lot of inde- and self-published novels. Not as many as I would like, but that’s true of reading in general. Still, though, a lot. Some of them are exceptional. Some of them, I can tell the author invested a lot in honing his or her craft, hiring an editor and cover designer, […]

The Teacher

The Teacher

Due to various life things happening, I have neglected posting for quite some time. I return with the next installment of The Silver Shores The Amulet Saga, Volume Three The Silver Shores What came before: The Silver Shores     Preparing     Testing     Auction, Part One Auction, Part Two     Mistress     Breakfast     The Student The Teacher “Herbs will be […]

The Student

The Student

The Amulet Saga, Volume Three The Silver Shores What Came Before: The Silver Shores     Preparing     Testing     Auction, Part One Auction, Part Two     Mistress     Breakfast The Student Ada lit the lamps, then snuffed out the candle and sighed. This failure was more frustrating than she liked to admit. “Nothing?” Manae asked. “No more than before. […]

Breakfast

Breakfast

The Amulet Saga, Volume Three The Silver Shores What Came Before: The Silver Shores,     Preparing,     Testing,     Auction Part One,     Auction Part Two, Mistress Breakfast Reith woke to a sharp pain in his head. He sat up and looked around. The room seemed to swim before him. Stark white walls, high windows that let in bright […]