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Blogging is publishing

I have found out that posting something on your blog may prevent you from publishing it elsewhere. I didn’t know that! Here’s a quote from the submission guidelines for Strange Horizons magazine. Like most magazines, we consider material that has appeared on publicly-accessible websites to be published, and therefore cannot consider it. Be...

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Three Days and Nights in Lord Darkdrake's Hall

I found the short story Three Days and Nights in Lord Darkdrake’s Hall, by Leah Bobet, in the fiction archives for the magazine Strange Horizons. I thought it interesting that of the 28 short stories the magazine has posted on-line this year, only two were fantasy. The rest were science fiction. This was one of the fantasy stories, and I enjoye...

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Short fantasy stories

The other night I was thinking about short stories. In the speculative fiction genre, the market seems to favor science fiction short stories over fantasy short stories. Why do you think that is? Or am I wrong about that? I think science fiction short stories are easier to market for several reasons. It’s easier to write science fiction stories...

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Polaris

Polaris is a game that looks like it would be an amazing experience to play. I’ve tried describing it to people, but the author, Ben Lehman, does a much better job. The following image and quoted material is taken from his Web site. “Once upon a time, as far north as north can go, there lived the greatest people that this world will ever see....

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Universalis

Universalis is a role playing game I recently ran across. Unlike most role playing games out there, Universalis is not based in a specific genre and uses no dice. You use your first game session to define the game world you’ll be playing in. Each player has a pool of Coins (beads, chips, whatever) they use to add new facts and events to the game...

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Who should I write about next?

Edit: There used to be a poll here. And why are you interested in that character? Poor Weathulf—I didn’t get to finish his first story, but he’s got some interesting things to undergo, too. Or maybe you want to know more about one of the unnamed characters. Cool! Let me know.

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Fantasy names for children

In case you didn’t know, my wife is currently pregnant with our second child. If you haven’t heard yet, this is the announcement! The little one is due in September. We’re going to find out in three weeks what the gender is. What do you think it will be? Note: A poll used to appear here, but I have since discontinued using the plugin required t...

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Dragon Luck

A bead of sweat trickled down Nomet’s brow, making a wet track through the sandy grime caked there. It stopped at his eyebrow, dispersing into the dark hair. He wiped at it with the back of his hand, then held his arm there to shade his eyes temporarily from the harsh sun. Of his shirt and pants, only rags were left. He had lost his veil and hea...

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