The Impact of Fiction

The first thing that a story should do is entertain. If you want to educate people about a topic, it's better to say what you want more directly through an…

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October: What scares you?

It’s October, and with Halloween approaching, it’s time to revel in all things spooky. This is one of my favorite times of year. I can put on my witch hat, haul the Halloween props out of storage, and buy enormous amounts of candy!

Beyond the spooky things that you may enjoy, though, what things actually scare you? Many of us share rational fears, like losing a loved one or getting mugged. But do you also have irrational fears? I’m going to confess mine. It’s weird.

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6 Sentence Sunday: The First Miracle

Inside the cage was an ogre, a terrifying creature that resembled a gigantic man with protruding fangs and brutishly large arms. In a satirical twist, the neophytes had painted its…

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Small Town Witch Meme

I have no explanation for this other than that it is late at night, and I have been listening to this song for the past five hours straight.

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Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Arr, maties! It be one o' me favorite days, when us landlubbers pay tribute to the scurge o' the Seven Seas: pirates! To celebrate this fine day, y'can enjoy many…

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Prayer to Deyos the Protector

Deyos, Allfather, glory unto you You who protected your servant, Patroteres Although he was beset by villains and thieves, You came to him in his moment of need Gentle father,…

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Kylara and the Dragon

Wings darken the sky over the fields of grain Children cry in terror and flee before the wind Families lock their doors, but still the village burns The dragon eats…

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My Alien Penpal

Creating a new world is hard enough. Then describing it in a story is a little like pretending that you have an alien penpal.

An alien would have no context or prior knowledge to understand the world that you are writing about. You don’t know what your reader’s life is like, so you can’t compare the things that are unfamiliar to them to something that is familiar to them. But you don’t want to get so bogged down in the details of explaining every little thing that you bore them. (more…)

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