Category: Fantasy

Moving On Up: Heroic Fantasy Quarterly #47

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Well, here we are at the end of February. It’s hard to believe we’re already nearly a quarter of the way into 2021. For today’s review, we’ll be looking at Heroic Fantasy Quarterly #47, and it’s seems so strange to think that the editors posted issue #46 this past November, but it feels like it was just last week.


It’s Complicated: Flash Fiction Online #89

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I’m not sure if I’ve said it before here on The Writerly Raven, but I love flash fiction. Of course, that wasn’t always the case.

When I was working on my MFA, one of my classes focused on writing it. It was a struggle to tell a complete story in 1,000 words or less. Since then, I’ve gained a bit of skill but, in general, I still prefer to leave it up to those better versed in such things than I. Me, I have a tendency to be far too long-winded.


The Return of Fantasy Magazine

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There’s some exciting news floating about on the web. Any guesses?

If you guessed that Fantasy Magazine, a long-running monthly genre publication, has finally come back from hiatus, you’d be right. And it was quite a break! The editors published issue #60 all the way back in December 2016. Fortunately for us, November 2020 marked the return of the publication to digital bookshelves everywhere with issue #61.

When I got the assignment from the editor at Tangent Online, I was excited to review December’s issue #62 (original review here). For the most part, the stories were good. I actually quite enjoyed them, and I think  you will, too.


From Spies to Aliens and Back: Cirsova #5, Winter 2020

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Take a moment to center yourself and take a deep breath. Can you feel it? 2020 is drawing to a close, and 2021 holds a spark of promise for better things to come.

I think it’d be an understatement to say that it’s been a tough year. I don’t know that words can quite convey the insanity that the last twelve months have brought with them. So much has happened, yet it seems like time virtually froze in place for a while, as if even Old Father Time just decided to nope out of the world for a bit.


Oh, the Things that Dead Mages Say: Tales from the Magician’s Skull #3

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…the best-laid plans, eh?

Forgive me if I heave a massive sigh but, with all that’s been going on in my personal life lately, it’s becoming clear that I need to do a few things on easy mode for a bit instead of giving myself more work than I have hours in the day to complete. It’s terrible to have all these great ideas and intentions (at least, they’re great to me) and not enough time to get them done! During the week, I work at my usual day job and, on weekends, I work a second job as a painting instructor. I also review regularly for Tangent Online (TO) and I have my own trilogy that I’m trying to finish, as you can see on the upcoming works page.

Although, I must admit that things have changed since I first announced the release of Beneath a Red Hunter’s Moon. At that point, I was still on track for telling this story in a single novel but as I continue to write, the story continues to grow. It’s becoming clear that one book isn’t going to be enough. Not unless you’re into books that are 1,500 pages long, that is, which I’m guessing most of you aren’t, since it’s not a popular option in the publishing world. I’ll update that page here in a bit.


A Wish, Some Grish, & Fiery Fish: Cirsova, Winter 2019

Cirsova Winter 2019Hello, my darklings!

Sigh…

The best-laid plans, eh? I had wanted to have this particular review finished and posted by September 7 but that (obviously) did not happen. Suffice it to say that I’m a bit late getting this up and, for that, I sincerely apologize.

Still, it’s a good day here in Texas. I’m sitting here in the living room with my laptop, cup of coffee in hand (yes, I know it’s the middle of the afternoon…don’t judge me), while a beautiful storm rages outside. There’s just something incredibly satisfying about reading (or, in this case, writing about) fantasy and science fiction while lightning arcs across the sky just beyond the window glass.

On the downside, the dogs don’t share my enthusiasm for the storm. The thunder has all four of them packed around me and my lap desk like sardines right now. Then again, it’s three Chihuahuas and a Miniature Pinscher and they don’t take up much room.


Folklore & Theses: Beneath Ceaseless Skies #279 Review

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Sigh….

I’m just going to say it right now. I have been very lax. Between finishing my thesis novel for my MFA, other coursework and my day job, I’ve not had much time to work on the website here.

But that’s all changing…I graduated!

Yes, I have completed the MFA in Creative Writing and can finally take a few desperately needed breaths. I’m still going to be working on the novel that has been my thesis for these last two years but I at least am not as crunched for time. And, if all goes well, I’ll still be on for a release date of late November. I mean, the feedback I received from my graduate panel was good and very constructive but, based on their suggestions, I clearly still have work to do before it’s ready for a proper edit with a good editor.


“The Key of F” Book Review

key of f book coverHello, my darklings!

So this week’s independent review isn’t a new release. In fact, The Key of F by Jennifer Haskin was published on May 8, 2018.

Last month, Ms. Haskin asked me if I’d like to review a copy of the book, to which I gladly agreed.  It’s taken me a bit to get around to it, though. She requested that the original review go up on Amazon, so what follows is the review as it appears there (NOT AN AFFILIATE LINK).


Beneath Ceaseless Skies #271

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Beneath Ceaseless Skies just released issue #271 just in time for Valentine’s Day.  Rather appropriately, it features two tales of loss, grief, and love written by Aimee Ogden and Samantha Mills.

Click on the link below to read my full review, written for Tangent Online.  It’ll open the review in a new tab directly on TO’s website.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies #271 Review, published on TangentOnline.com on February 16, 2019.


Beneath Ceaseless Skies #270, January 31, 2019

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I’m back with Beneath Ceaseless Skies next issue! Once again, they bring two great fantasy stories to the table: “To Stab with a Rose, to Love with a Knife” by Natalia Theodoridou and “Do Not Look Back, My Lion” by Alix E. Harrow.  Both were great but Harrow’s was my favorite of the two.

Click on the link below to read my full review, written for Tangent Online. It’ll open the review on in a new tab.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies #270 Review, published on TangentOnline.com on February 1, 2019.

If you’ve read this issue of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, leave a comment and let me know what you thought!