Category Archives: Ontyre

This is general information pertaining to the continent, Ontyre, that is located in the fantasy world I created for my book series. Here you’ll find background facts, maps, and diagrams that are helpful to understanding the world in which my characters live.

Gryphon Gray

*Presented here complete, a historical Ontyre tale taking place in the elfin homeland of Mythwyll located in western Ontyre. M’Ameth, follows her brother to a dangerous, uncertain destiny atop a steep peak pursued by the certain death she’s already witnessed. … Continue reading

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A Map Comes Alive!

It’s map time! In case you haven’t guessed maps are one of my favorite topics. I dearly love writing—there’s no finer main course—but I love my map making dessert, too, because it provides the opportunity to explore my visually artistic … Continue reading

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World Building: Naming a Continent—or Not

It’s hard to believe you can fail to address a decision for so long the task becomes disproportionate to its importance. One world building question of mine went unanswered for years. Okay, for over a decade. Hopefully there aren’t other … Continue reading

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A Broad Brush Editing Moment

Celebrate your first draft, but know that it isn’t the end, just the beginning. The magic you’ve created is nothing compared to what’s possible. Now, let me take you on a little editing journey. Let me tell you a story… … Continue reading

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Writer Crazy? Opportunity

Last week I talked about my journey from writing epic fantasy to fantasy steampunk, the focus more on soft science. Too, I shared my decision to incorporate the change into the magic and backstory for my tales. For the magic, … Continue reading

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Molding a Sub-Genre

What genre you write in isn’t as important as knowing what genre you write. Sounds like a joke, but actually I’m quite serious. I’ve had times when I had my doubts about what I was doing. Okay, still do. Last … Continue reading

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Map Reconstruction

It’s a long time since I’ve talked about maps, a lifelong fascination. My love of maps is a tale I first told on my WordPress site a couple of years ago in my two-part blog post Geography and Maps. I … Continue reading

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New Menu Item

My online fantasy serial is revised and now placed in the main menu on my website. No more scrolling through over nearly sixty separate parts to read it. Instead, simply hover over Last Word Before Dying and the menu for … Continue reading

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Adding Mystery: History

Everything you don’t know is a mystery. You know that, of course, but seldom do we consider the mystery that exists in the commonplace. No matter your genre, it’s a powerful force and shouldn’t be ignored. This, again, isn’t huge … Continue reading

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Providing Mystery: Location

I want to thank you all for joining me, for this examination of mystery in fiction has renewed my enthusiasm amidst summer’s heat. Mystery adds tension and suspense to a story and you should be careful to recognize its many … Continue reading

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