Author Archives: Ontyre Passages

About Ontyre Passages

Alive and well in the Rocky Mountains. I'm a fantasy writer who also dabbles in poetry, short stories, and map making. My Ontyre tales are an alternative fantasy experience, the stories rich in mystery, adventure, and romance. Alternative fantasy? Not quite steampunk. Not quite gothic. In truth, the real magic is in those who discover what's within.

WHY?

Time, ticking. Lives slipping away. It’d been building for some time. Deep inside were the cries. She’d had enough. The questions she had were despised. Why? There was no answer. There could be NO answer. Why couldn’t we respect one … Continue reading

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Holding Hope

Who was she that she should harbor possibilities? Why should she possess the hope others couldn’t see? Maybe, if she recorded her heart, set down her tales, maybe, it could be, what flowed from within would fill other hearts. What … Continue reading

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Walking the Edge that is Adding Mystery

Everything you don’t know is a mystery. Too, mystery adds tension and encourages involvement. Most writers know that so there’s little mystery there. What’s perhaps too often a missed, though, is that it can be a knife-edge walk between being … Continue reading

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Camomile Peace

She sought peace in a time that’d lost its mind, as it was prone to do sometimes. Camomile. Harsh new reality was the old one stripped bare, devoid of people who cared. Camomile. Strange that she was one of the … Continue reading

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When the Past Steals

She languished in the past so long present became past, stealing opportunities while she looked back, blind to the growth she lacked. Clarity came, it was a late night hour, a moment, the moment, she resolved to move beyond cruel … Continue reading

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Benefits to Worldbuilding Limitations

In the world of fantasy there’s little that’s more central to worldbuilding than the magic system. Now, let’s whittle that down to limitations. To be even more specific, let’s look at how limitations can enhance further worldbuilding and the storytelling … Continue reading

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The One in the Looking Glass

Looking glass, someone like her looking back, holding no judgement, only astonishment. There, in the image, an innocent wound upon her skin. How strange to know it wasn’t innocent at all. Intellectually, she knew the truth, knew it was more … Continue reading

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Remembering Oz

Kidnapped, or so she must have been, taken to a fearful place too many children know. Wondering why, yet never understanding, scared to face the night, though the days held more of the same. Waiting for Scarecrow, Tin Woodsman, and … Continue reading

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Novel Openings: Lessons from a Comparison

WARNING: I’m going to shred my own writing. Have I lost my mind? Believe it or not, no. I consider it healthy that I can look at my work with an unfiltered eye. I’m kind and compassionate when critiquing what … Continue reading

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The One Behind the Camera

She took selfies that were something else, that were what she imagined photos would look like if he was taking them. There’d be a quirky smile for him and him alone, a teasing sparkle in her eye, a profound love … Continue reading

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