Monthly Archives: May 2020

A Child’s Guide to Survival

Be undemanding and forever helpful and let silence mark your presence. Cling to life’s darkest shadows, a small part of your penance. Cast your gaze downward, young dear, yet always display a smile. Show not that you’re living in fear … Continue reading

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The Unexpected Animal

Animals in fiction. Truth be told, when I originally addressed the topic in 2016 it was as a joke. Then I discovered the value of animal characters in fiction. I’m keeping the original blog’s title because I loved it so … Continue reading

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People Like Her

It was difficult to sort, to comprehend, people referring to “people like her,” telling her who she was. They deemed it their responsibility, filling-in blanks she didn’t know she had. It was difficult to be herself when she was “one … Continue reading

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A Mystery at Every Table

Sipping fantasy at a secluded café, intrigue in her dreams, winks and sighs and someone dies, they order another drink. Mascaraed gazes in the afternoon, film noir at night, delicious mysteries over a wineglass rim, it’s a poison lip delight. … Continue reading

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Crossroads

Some other titles I considered for this blog post were Reflections, Update, and 2017. This post is all of that, and more. For a lot of reasons, though, this moment in time feels like a crossroads. I’m still working out … Continue reading

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Unfurling

Walls, closing in, threatening to crumble. Her heart pushed and pulled, a weeping void between. The door for escape led to more doors, more empty rooms. On the empty balcony her tears falling to glistening pavement, she cast an unfurling … Continue reading

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Ontyre Map Series 5 – Pannulus Emerges

We now come to the close of my not-so-little map series. I’m pleased to say we don’t close with a whimper, but with the map that most fires my fantasy map passions. The Pannulus map, in short, has a history … Continue reading

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Cauldron’s Edge

One turn, then another. Lavender in the haze, scenting passion’s mist upon her skin. Each turn brought swirling effervescence, a fire’s longing embracing the darkness. There was intonation, tenderness upon her lips, a pinch of nightshade to carry her to … Continue reading

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Ontyre Map Series 4 – Colorizing Tremjara

My little map series continues, though it isn’t so little anymore… Week1: Historical map influences. Week2: Fantasy maps and my first attempts at creating Carrdia. Week3: Creating the continent of Tremjara in B&W. This week, as promised, the topic is … Continue reading

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Empty Games

Lost in a place she knew well. Alone where once others dwelt. She was grateful. Taught to survive apart, she’d found a way to live in her mind. It’d kept her alive. It was the choice she had to make. … Continue reading

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