Fine As Alabaster

Prompt: Write a story about an empty jar I wrote this exploring description without killing the forward movement of the story.  I hope you enjoy it.  -------------------------------------------------------------------- Telondra wandered through the rows of shelves, dimly lit in the dusty air, amazed by all the strange and bizarre things contained on them. Jars of unlabeled powders. … Continue reading Fine As Alabaster

Allyandrah and Kru’Nah: Final Part

***Love at Last***   195: “I loved it.”   The next day, the sun was high in the morning sky before Kru’Nah swept aside the curtains. He blinked against the brightness, a yawn escaping his lips. His arms and back ached. He stretched and then made his way to the door, pulling the bolt. New … Continue reading Allyandrah and Kru’Nah: Final Part

Allyandrah and Kru’Nah: Part 22

***One Thing***   211: If I could change one thing…   Kru’Nah stood as the fire finally died out sometime in the middle of the night. No one else stood in the square with him, at least not that he could see in the dim light of the moon. He breathed in and blew out … Continue reading Allyandrah and Kru’Nah: Part 22

Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Setting

"Look at this place, isn't it neat. Wouldn't you think... ...a great fantasy story could happen here?" Okay, okay, maybe I fudged on the lyrics a little bit. But really, have you ever found yourself totally enamored with an idea of a world, but you don't have anything else figured out? Someone once told me … Continue reading Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Setting

Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Conflict

Conflict. The tension. The driver. The REASON for the story. But what if that's all you have? You know that you need some characters and they need to live somewhere, but all you can think about is "It would be so cool if... [insert awesome conflict here]". You're right. It WOULD be so cool, which … Continue reading Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Conflict

Allyandrah and Kru’Nah: Part 21

***Wet as Rain***   215: Black as night; wet as rain. This last memory will always remain.   Kru’Nah climbed the steps to the stage. His boots scraped against the fresh wood. His fingers flexed against the rigid covers of the Writings. He knelt and set the book gently against the back of the stage. … Continue reading Allyandrah and Kru’Nah: Part 21

Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Character

Hey! Thanks for joining me for the next section of Pantsing Fantasy. Today, I want to dig into characters a bit. Characters are the reason anyone gives a crap about your book. If your readers don't feel connected or invested in your characters, it's going to be hard for them to enjoy the book and … Continue reading Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Character

Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Plot

These blog post titles are SO boring, aren't they? Oh well, I've always been function over fashion anyway. For a few weeks, I want to dive into how to generate or shape basic ideas into stories in a way that doesn't involve outlines or planning or any sort of additional forethought. Just sitting down and … Continue reading Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Plot

Allyandrah and Kru’Nah: Part 20

Part 1 Part 19 ***Duality*** 205: There are two kinds of people in the world. It took nearly an hour before Tra’Khil and his men returned with all 50 of the priests of the Guardians. No more than fifty. No less than fifty. For thousands of years. Several of the priests gasped and others backpedaled … Continue reading Allyandrah and Kru’Nah: Part 20

Pantsing Fantasy: An Intro

I've never been shy about sharing that I'm a pantser. That's how I write - totally by inspiration, almost never by planning (one time I was forced to. It was a contest. I didn't do well.). I don't plot. I don't know how I'm going to get from this scene to the next one or … Continue reading Pantsing Fantasy: An Intro