Yesterday I mentioned that holidays allow windows for people to view other's cultures. Another way to do that is through the clothing people choose to wear. Even what seems more like a day for children to indulge in costume and candy is in reality steeped with tradition and cultures shared hundreds of years ago. Samhain… Continue reading Customs & Costumes
Halloween is a long-standing tradition that has been in a variety of different cultures for hundreds of years. While it is often depicted in fiction it is rare to find (a traditional) Halloween in a fantasy setting. But that doesn't meant that the fantasy world created doesn't have their own take on a special holiday… Continue reading Tricks & Treats
I promised my thoughts on monsters and now that I have given dragons their fair due I can move on to other creatures I've written about that go bump in the night. My favorite creation (thus far) has been the altaww'am. Illustration by: Sam Wood In the world of Jangbahar, the altaww’am is a creature capable of… Continue reading Monster of My Own Making
Illustration by Atriend Zabu Except that they are, at least in the literal sense in any case. Dragons are always epic and ferocious and perhaps that's why so many writers and artists enjoy creating their own version of this mythical beast. (You might have noticed my obsession.) But are dragons monsters? So yes, there is… Continue reading Dragons are NOT Monsters!
Keeping up with the battle theme of this week I thought it would be fitting to end with the Border Wars: the giant battle that started the entire Dance of the Elements series. This short story was previously unavailable unless you purchased a Kindle copy of Ignited. I hope you enjoy! Border Wars Year 1341… Continue reading Meet the Character: Josper