The Carrot is Mightier Than the Sword

((Also posted on my Wattpad.)) The 1st Battalion, Heavy Hop Brigade, known as the Carrot-tops in most circles and Dragontamers in certain circles, stirred restlessly in their ranks. Colonel Brun Auribus rested impassively on his lance, the twitching of his … Continue reading

A New Year, A New…well not really much Hope.

Look, it’s not that I’m a pessimist. I am, in fact, an inveterate optimist. But I’m also a historian (somewhat). I really hope I’m wrong about what the next several years hold, based on the complete garbage fire that has … Continue reading

#WomenInFiction

(*Update* An article on Bookriot by the hashtag originator.) Last night, a woman named Preeti Chhibber (@runwithskizzers on Twitter) created a hashtag and invited people to share their favorite #WomenInFiction with her, and why the characters were important to them. … Continue reading

It’s a Trap!

I’ve been thinking about Stories a bit lately (I’ve been reading Granny Weatherwax stories the last week or so, which may tell you something, or may not). Stories are important, and any writer myself included will be the first to tell … Continue reading

Stuff and Things and Bits

So, there’s two things obsessing my social-media feeds right now. Midterm Elections and Nanowrimo. The post-game election recaps are everywhere today, and likely will be for a few days yet. My general take is a resounding MEH. Sure, it would’ve been nice … Continue reading

Mixed Feelings: Pros and BronyCons

If you have no idea what a Brony is, check out this article by Madeleine Davies over on Jezebel. It’s actually the impetus for this post, though I’ve been thinking about this stuff for a long time. The linked article … Continue reading

Flash Fiction Challenge: The Shipwrecked Sailor

Chuck Wendig’s flash-fiction challenge for this past week was to choose a fairy tale and  re-write it in a new style, choosing from a  list of possibles on his blog. There’s nothing like procrastinating writing with other writing, so I … Continue reading

Flash Fiction Challenge: Choose Your Opening Line

Another piece written for Chuck Wendig’s Flash Fiction challenges. This one is simple: Choose a sentence from the options he posted here, and write a story with that as your opening line. I chose ‘I never trusted that statue in … Continue reading

Author Dilemmas

An author faces many dilemmas in the course of writing a story, of whatever length. Some of them are minor (word choice, sentence structure, etc), though no less important than the major ones. But some are huge and plot-changing. One … Continue reading

World of Warcraft Stories

Another time-suck, in the theme of last Wednesday’s post. There is a game called World of Warcraft, an MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game). You’ve probably at least heard of it, and there’s a decent chance you’ve played it at … Continue reading