Tag Archive: Fantasy

Jun 26

The Little Merfish

The Little Mermaid received quite a surprise when she tried to return to the sea. (Strange how horrific a mythological creature becomes when its parts are reversed.)

Jun 17

Worldbuilding Wednesday, 6/14/17… wait, there’s more!

Because it was just too much damn fun to come up with these. Another selection of free spells to add to your campaign, story, novel, game, comic, whatever. Chantsuma’s Wondrous Cacophony:  Creates a mosaic of noise around the target, a mix of music, voices, animal cries, thunder, chants, roaring waves, bird calls, crashing objects, etc. …

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Jun 14

Worldbuilding Wednesday, 6/14/17

  Let’s talk about spells. One of the things I loved about Jack Vance’s Dying Earth series, and some of his other works, was the naming of his spells, magical items, and magic practioners. Iucounu the Laughing Magician; that has a certain ring, doesn’t it? Or the Walking Boat, which has legs, and, naturally, clambers …

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Jun 07

Worldbuild Wednesday, 6/7/17

Starting a new series on this site, Worldbuild Wednesday, a selection of randomly generated people, places, things, and concepts suitable for incorporating into fantasy — or any speculative — fiction, courtesy of my continued experimentation with Gammadyne’s excellent Random Word Generator. All are free for any writer to use; I have no claim on them. …

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May 31

Black Queen I

It’s when she lifts the veil that you have to worry. (Photo by Daniel Jung)

May 17

Cecaelia

The Cecaelia is an octopoid mermaid who, instead of having a fish’s tail, has the arms of an octopus. The villain of Disney’s The Little Mermaid was one.  (X-Ray Art by Benedetta Bonichi)

Mar 21

Gilgamesh [Reading Challenge 2017]

Gilgamesh, a New English Version Freepress, 2004 Adapted by Stephen Mitchell Challenge #11: A Book Written Before 1700 (Note: I am reading and blogging these Challenge books out of order) Gilgamesh is one of the oldest pieces of fiction in human history. I chose it to read for the “Ye Olde Book Shoppe” — a …

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Mar 16

Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer [Reading Challenge 2017]

Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2007 Laini Taylor Challenge #6: Out of the Park at First Bat (Note: I am reading and blogging these Challenge books out of order) I’ve gotta say I have a lot of problems with post-Harry Potter YA books — the ones published after that first big boom. …

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Mar 01

Stardust [Reading Challenge 2017]

Stardust HarperCollins; Reprint edition Neil Gaiman Challenge #1: Coming to a theater near you I had never read Neil Gaiman before, so I was pleasantly surprised by his “Fairy tale for Grown-ups” Stardust. (A movie was made of it in 2007 starring Clare Danes and Charlie Cox, but I haven’t seen it, so can’t compare.) …

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