Fighting the Long Defeat

By Avellina Balestri, August 25, 2015 Word Count: 248 Rating: G Summary: A poem of Chesterton, Tolkien, Lewis, Noyes & Jacques. Why do our stories March on before us? Those who remember them Oft times ignore us But our presence is there; Our spirit-borne breath Enlivens each telling Defying our deaths *** It is that!... Continue Reading →

The Elf and the Orc: Chapter 8

By Brittany Keller (alias Silverneko),  Word Count: 25,304 (total) Rating: PG for mild violence and language Summary: While escaping Orc Hunters, Morfang son of Gorbag finds himself in Mirkwood forest and meets the sister of Legolas Thranduilion, Lindariel. Will Lindariel’s compassion reach Morfang, or will Morfang abuse Lindariel’s kindness to avenge his fallen comrades? Chapter... Continue Reading →

Life and Death

Life and Death: Why I Avoid “Sorcery” in My Fantasy Novels By Kara Swanson Word Count: 478 words Rating: PG-13 for disturbing imagery. Summary: The author shares her story of why she doesn't use magic in her stories. Magic. Sorcery. Wizards. They seem to be pretty essential components to any fantasy or whimsical story. And as... Continue Reading →

12:15 Thoughts on Faramir

"I think there will always be disagreement between the consistently virtuous and the repentantly heroic Faramir bandcamps, but I also think there is ground for respect on both sides."

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