Tyranny of the One and the Many

As the last act of “Tears from Iron” gains momentum into the climax, the Empress Kayrstana worries about the undercurrents of the Syraestari imperial court.  From these concerns, she makes…

Continue Reading Tyranny of the One and the Many

Stick Figures from Iron

As Christmas fast approaches, this article will take on a lighter tone than recent ones.In one of my first articles, I commented on how I’ve always wished I could draw. …

Continue Reading Stick Figures from Iron

A Yearning for the Epic

  • Post category:On Fantasy

I think there is a part in all of us that yearns for the epic.  It begins with the unfettered dreams of childhood with aspirations to be an astronaut, a…

Continue Reading A Yearning for the Epic

The Ritual of Writing

Every fiction author works in a different way, even if the final output (at the broadest level) is the same… words on a page formed structurally into a story.  I…

Continue Reading The Ritual of Writing

Blooms from Iron

The Kaliaer settlement at Nahirazith and, more specifically, its smelting camp, served as one of the major settings for “Tears from Iron.”  In the next two articles, we’ll be diving…

Continue Reading Blooms from Iron

He Who Knows No Fear

After spending the past couple months delving into fantasy races, monsters, and the nature of villains, I thought it was time to change things up a bit.  Let’s return to…

Continue Reading He Who Knows No Fear

Nefarious Villainy!

The latest string of articles continues to evolve.  We began with elves and the Aestari which included a discussion of good and evil.  This led to talking about the nature…

Continue Reading Nefarious Villainy!