Allyandrah and Kru’Nah: Part 16

Read Part 1 Read Part 15   ***Acceptance*** 213: Your character is trying to get their friend to accept something. The days passed slowly as Allyandrah and Grandfather made their way south. One of the nights, they sat around the fire, grasping their mugs of tea. “We need more food,” Grandfather said. “We must find … Continue reading Allyandrah and Kru’Nah: Part 16

Trope Me This: Medieval Europe Setting

It's very common for fantasies to be set in a medieval Europe-type place, even when the story is set on a different world. Individuals fight with swords and magic, any kind of advanced technology is conspicuously absent - even with all their magical abilities, no one has figured out cars or the internet. Everyone still … Continue reading Trope Me This: Medieval Europe Setting

Allyandrah and Kru’Nah: Part 15

Part 15 of my prompt-based story. To Part 1   ***The Shadows***   189: Beware the shadows.   Allyandrah and Kru’Dael’Nah huddled together on his bed for their final night indoors. Sasha curled up on their legs. Allyandrah woke up often. The steady, heavy breathing of Grandfather relaxed her and settled the anxiety building up … Continue reading Allyandrah and Kru’Nah: Part 15

Trope Me This: The Hidden Prince

No, you didn't read that wrong. Last week, we looked at the hidden princess, and this week, I want to look at her brother, the hidden prince (see what I did there?). The Hidden Prince (sometimes called the Backup Prince) can be created in a number of ways - either by sending the boy away … Continue reading Trope Me This: The Hidden Prince

Trope Me This: The Hidden Princess

This can be kind of a fun trope, actually. Just imagine. Hero receives The Call To Adventure, but since Hero is just ordinary Citizen X of city/town/kingdom/realm, Hero doesn't believe in herself, BUT just at the right moment, Hero discovers an ancient lineage that turns her into royalty and the next Queen or Whatever-High-Ruling-Rank, and … Continue reading Trope Me This: The Hidden Princess

Guest Post: Crystal M M Burton – 6 tips for writing a fantasy short story

I'm super excited to have Crystal back on here helping us out with writing some fantasy short stories! Great info below. I'm feeling inspired already!    A short story is, by definition, short. It is not a mini-novel and won’t have a lot of the intricacies that a novel has. You want to bring your … Continue reading Guest Post: Crystal M M Burton – 6 tips for writing a fantasy short story

Allyandrah and Kru’Nah: Part 14

Part 14 of my ongoing prompt-based serial story. To Part 1. ***The Light***   193: The light was hauntingly surreal.   Sasha whined and pawed at Allyandrah. She took a deep breath and stretched. Sasha barked, a high-pitched yap, and hopped off the bed. She barked again. “Okay, okay,” Allyandrah breathed. “I’m coming. Don’t pee … Continue reading Allyandrah and Kru’Nah: Part 14

Trope Me This: The Wise, Old Mentor

Gandalf. Obi-Wan Kenobi. Zeddicus Zul'Zorander. Dumbledore. Old, white wizards who know more about the world than everyone else combined, BUT they're not very good at communication, are they? They are pretty secretive, it seems like they're using everyone else for their own benefit, and somewhere in there, they disappear for a long time or die … Continue reading Trope Me This: The Wise, Old Mentor

Allyandrah and Kru’Nah: Part 13

The continuing story of Allyandrah and Kru'Nah. To Part 1.   ***The Way Home***   208: You did everything right, but you’re still the villain.   In the warmth of the sleigh, Kru’Nah peeled off his outer layer and set it on the floor. He glanced around, seeing no obvious source of heat. He didn’t … Continue reading Allyandrah and Kru’Nah: Part 13

Trope Me This: The Hero’s Journey

The Hero's Journey encompasses tales where a hero leaves home, encounters overwhelming opposition to completing some quest, wins a decisive victory, and then returns home a changed person. Think Odysseus. Or Frodo. Or Shea Ohmsford. I love this image above (which I found on wikipedia, no copyright, search Hero's Journey) that really nicely outlines the … Continue reading Trope Me This: The Hero’s Journey