Nine new and different stories about one of the most beloved creatures in all fantasy: DRAGONS! We’ve got metal dragons, fire-breathing dragons, shape-shifting dragons, and adorable little hero dragons. We’ve got urban fantasy, high fantasy, humorous stories, deadly mysteries, and more! LOVE’S CHAMPION: As an Arbiter for the Gods and Goddesses of the Greek pantheon, Nathaniel was no stranger to their squabbles, both large and petty. Even so, h...

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These are definitely not the unicorns of fairytales (although there is at least one fairytale here). Rather, they are good, evil, chaotic, and calm. And while unicorns are the theme, they aren’t always the central characters—but they are always significant. My story is the capstone at the end of the collection, entitled The Taxidermist. THE TAXIDERMIST: The Hunter is growing old—dying, in fact. But when a young girl intrudes into his lif...

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The original incarnation of this story was an interactive webserial, where installments were posted alongside polls. By voting, readers made decisions that pushed the story forward. An eccentric heiress sets out on a dangerous mission, enlisting the aid of a dashing sky pirate, a sarcastic ticker, and a hodge-podge crew. This book includes all three published volumes of the Choose adventure, taking us from accidental inebriation through cookin...

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I have taken (and loved) many of Holly Lisle’s online writing courses. When she sounded the call for her students to join together and submit stories for her first ever short story collection, I was thrilled at the opportunity. When my story won second place in the contest, I was over-the-moon, and I hope you love it as much as she did! Thirty-five imaginative stories crafted by the students of renowned fantasy author Holly Lisle, collec...

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Update on Books
Books, TV, & Movies / September 27, 2010

I’ve been slowly working my way through the first round of books from my booklist. ANATHEM by Neal Stephenson (recommended by Dammerung) I didn’t even make it through the first chapter on this one.  I could tell that it was going to be an amazing, epic book, but the worldbuilding was ...

NaNo2010 > Outline 7 > Act 3
On The Art of Authoring / September 24, 2010

Act 3 If you’ve been following along with the mathing, you already know that Act three is the final quarter of the book. In STAINED’s case, that’s the last 8 chapters or so. Act 3 is the “easy” one. It only needs to do three things. The Big Badda Boom – the Cli...

NaNo2010 > Outline 6 > Act 2
On The Art of Authoring / September 24, 2010

Act 2 Act 2 encompasses the middle section of the book. In length, it is 2/4 or half of the book. Since I know that Act 1 of STAINED needs to be about 8 chapters, that means Act 2 needs to be about 16 chapters in length. Act 2 contains: A series of worsening events which push the plot(s) and thre...

NaNo2010 > Outline 5 > Act 1
On The Art of Authoring / September 23, 2010

Let’s get started on that Three Act Structure, shall we? Act 1 Act 1 (my first 8 chapters) must do all of the following : Introduce my world Introduce my characters Engage the reader Introduce my Book Question (more on this in a moment) and, most importantly, it must END with an event which...

NaNo2010 > Outline 4 > Forest, Trees
On The Art of Authoring / September 23, 2010

Forest You still have your Sentence handy, right? Remember, that’s your big picture. If you ever get lost, zoom back out and take a look at it and make sure you’re still on track. If you find a different path you like better, feel free to edit the Sentence so that it remains accurate....

NaNo2010 > Outline 3 > Novel Length
On The Art of Authoring / September 22, 2010

Genre What genre does the novel you are planning to write fall into? Don’t know? *screeching tires* LEARN. Seriously. If you’re planning on being published (which, if you’re not? Feel free to skip down to the numbers bit, now that I think on it. Caring about genre only matters i...

NaNo2010 > Outline 2 > Sentence
On The Art of Authoring / September 21, 2010

Step 1 : The Sentence Tell me about your book in one sentence. Not two sentences, not three, not a paragraph – one sentence. If you have not yet done this, it will probably take you some time. This may be easy for some folks, but it is NOT easy for me. It is ALWAYS educational, though becau...

NaNo2010 > Outline 1 > Disclaimer
On The Art of Authoring / September 21, 2010

A Note on This Series I am numbering my Outlining series according to the way, in a perfect world, I wish outlining happened. You can (and probably will) do these out of order. No outliner police are going to crash through your window in dark suits to set your manuscript on fire if you do. Consid...

NaNo2010 > Of Flags and Notecards
On The Art of Authoring / September 21, 2010

Before I get into the nitty gritty of actually creating the outline, I want to discuss why I chose to use flags rather than notecards. Exhibit A: Post It Flags Exhibit B: Notecards (aka Index Cards) Benefits of Index Cards Index cards are the most popular way to outline a story, and with good rea...

NaNo2010 > Outlining Kit
On The Art of Authoring / September 21, 2010

I killed a tree, but it was only a LITTLE one. I feel, ladies and gentleman, as though I’ve just breached the surface of the ocean after days of living on canned air and dreaming of sunshine and scents. BEHOLD, the result of weeks of study and solitude. It’s not really all that impres...