The river that kills the sun

Today I was going to paint the sun as it died. I set out as the dawn light crept into the sky to announce the kindling of the sun in the fire mountains in the east. With a weather-stained bag across my shoulder and canvas and easel in my hands, I set out west, letting…… Continue reading The river that kills the sun

Flash Fiction: And the Shadows Danced

The fire dancers were preparing for the midsummer feast on the beach. Most were, by now, stripped to their waists in the gathering twilight. Shallow fire pits dug into the fine white sand adorned the beach beyond the reach of the waves. They were arranged in gleaming bands radiating from the centre platform where the…… Continue reading Flash Fiction: And the Shadows Danced

Flash Fiction: The Guardian of Ages

There’s an old man who carries the storms in an old bag. With his shoulders bowed beneath the weight of the rain, hail, and snow, he walks with lightning clutched in his dark hand as a walking stick. Lightning has carved deep patterns into his flesh during the ages he has walked the earth, the…… Continue reading Flash Fiction: The Guardian of Ages

Mythology as Writing Inspiration: The Mythical Creatures Bible

The Mythical Creatures Bible by Brenda Rosen

The Mythical Creatures Bible: a Definitive Guide to Legendary Beings by Brenda Rosen Although The Mythical Creatures Bible is a small volume (only in size, it has nearly 400 pages), it contains a huge variety of mythological and folklore figures and almost all of them are illustrated. The volume consists of five parts: An introduction…… Continue reading Mythology as Writing Inspiration: The Mythical Creatures Bible

Worldbuilding Wednesday – Winged Creatures in Myth and Folklore (Part 1)

Sassanid silver plate of a simurgh (Sēnmurw), 7th or 8th century CE by Nickmard Khoey

There are so many different types of winged creatures in myth and folklore that I decided to spread them out over a number of posts. While not an exhaustive reference, I hope that these posts – as well as my other worldbuilding posts – will still be a starting point in finding new myth and…… Continue reading Worldbuilding Wednesday – Winged Creatures in Myth and Folklore (Part 1)

Winning Flash Fiction! Bones Beneath the Juniper Tree

I wrote this story for Flash! Friday’s competition last week and it won! The prompt was Grimm’s fairy tales and I chose The Juniper Tree (basically because it’s creeped me out since childhood). If you don’t know the story, you can read “The Juniper Tree” over here. Bones Beneath the Juniper Tree “And then suddenly…… Continue reading Winning Flash Fiction! Bones Beneath the Juniper Tree

Flash Fiction Double Feature: “A Curse Upon Me” and “The Last Fork in the Road”

These were written for last week’s Flash! Friday competition.  A Curse Upon Me Perhaps “superhero” was a better description, the professor mused as he stared at the red and black artwork of a man fighting and killing a minotaur. “The minotaur guarded the fountain of eternal life,” he told the class. Some were playing games…… Continue reading Flash Fiction Double Feature: “A Curse Upon Me” and “The Last Fork in the Road”

Flash Fiction: The River Lord’s Jewel & The Last Wish

Clear Water Pool in the Drakensberg. Public Domain.

Written for one of the Flash! Friday competitions, these stories had the prompt “The Arabian Nights”. The River Lord’s Jewel The princess stared at the dark waters of the pool. Beside her stood an older woman with tears in her eyes. “Who am I?” she asked the woman. “You are my daughter,” she said. “Where…… Continue reading Flash Fiction: The River Lord’s Jewel & The Last Wish