Shades and Shadows: The “Pulp” Aspects of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

There are writers who dislike how Professor Tolkien’s magnum opus is considered the last word in modern fantasy. Most of their argument revolves around how present authors in the field of fantasy ignore shorter action/adventure tales in the “pulp” format of fantasy for epics that practically copy and paste from The Lord of the Rings.* … Continue reading Shades and Shadows: The “Pulp” Aspects of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

Bulletin: A New Story Revealed – in Storyhack Magazine, Issue Seven!

More good news has arrived, readers! As of May 14, 2021, I have had a short story published in Storyhack Magazine*! If you crack open their latest issue – Storyhack Magazine Issue Seven – you will find my tale “Scylla’s Lair” which begins on page 89! It takes a familiar fairy tale, adds a dash … Continue reading Bulletin: A New Story Revealed – in Storyhack Magazine, Issue Seven!

A Meditation on Mercy and Justice

Click the link to learn more, readers. And while you’re there, remember to give my articles a glance, too! Make Fairy Tales Violent Again I was recently reminded of G.K. Chesterton’s observation that “children are innocent and love justice, while most of us are wicked and naturally prefer mercy.” While reading my four-year-old daughter the … Continue reading A Meditation on Mercy and Justice

Myth and Fairy Tales: Escape through Mist and Magic

“It is a matter of grave importance that fairy tales should be respected. A nation without fancy, without some romance, never did, never can, never will, hold a great place under the sun.” – Charles Dickens Following the previous article about never giving up, we come to the importance of myth and fairy tales. The … Continue reading Myth and Fairy Tales: Escape through Mist and Magic

The Three Types of Heroine: A Closer Study of What Makes a Strong Female Protagonist, Part 3

This article is the third in a three part series dealing with the three types of female heroines available to writers. Parts One and Two may be read here and here. Adding to the conversation on “How Do You Create Strong Female Leads,” ridersofskaith posted this insightful comment: “the Strong Female Character (TM) is someone … Continue reading The Three Types of Heroine: A Closer Study of What Makes a Strong Female Protagonist, Part 3