Fall is here!

It is that time of year again: a time for yellows, reds, and oranges. A time for pumpkins, fields ready for the harvest, and cooler weather. For me, autumn is a special time of year, my favorite time of year that marks a transition from summer to winter with a spectacle of colors.

As a southern Minnesotan I have grown accustomed to long, cold winters and hot, muggy summers. The transition periods of spring and fall are the most fleeting, and ultimately the most special. I am not a fan of frigid cold weather, like most, but I like heat even less. Fall brings that happy medium of 40s-60s weather.

With autumn, cloudy days and a backdrop of mist and colors creates a mystical feeling. I am an odd one that prefers clouds over abundant sunshine. I feel that the colors of nature are bolder when there are clouds.  Even as a kid, I remember fall invoking such awe and wonder because of its beauty. Of course as a kid, fall was more bittersweet because that meant school was around the corner.

Fall is the time of year that nature works a masterpiece of colors and breathtaking beauty. What is your favorite season? Do you share my love for autumn?

Halloween is Near!

At the writing of this blog, Halloween is a little less than a month away. Unless you are a hermit, you know what it is all about, and even if you are a hermit, I’m guessing you are still familiar with the holiday. Most of its imagery and themes are lined up with the Horror genre. However, witches, ghosts, and demons all find their place in Fantasy as well.

In my last blog post, I stated that there is a clear boundary between Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy. I still stand by that statement and defend it, but that isn’t to say that I cannot appreciate the overlaps as well. Often things such as ghosts are presented in a much different way in Fantasy than in Horror. In Horror, ghosts are generally horrific and killers. In fantasy, spiritual beings may not necessarily be villainous, and they sometimes offer guidance or serve as a metaphor. They also appear in the form of The Army of the Dead that helps to deliver the people of Gondor in The Lord of the Rings films.

Horror may not be the genre I write, but that does not mean I cannot appreciate the imagination at Halloween. Witches and sorcerers, main Halloween staples, appear in fantasy stories such as Harry Potter or The Once and Future King.

Halloween reminds me of the power of imagination and can be very inspiring for me. What people choose to dress up as, what characters inspire them, and how people carve their jack-o-lanterns are all things that show the creativity of the human spirit. It is that creativity mixed with reality that forges Fantasy, and brings with it the question, “How much of this is really fantasy?”

Special Offer!

The time for my announcement has come.  In honor of the first anniversary of Goandria:The Schism, the entire series will be FREE on Smashwords for two weeks!  If you read Epic Fantasy now is your chance to try Goandria.  This series serves as a prequel to the upcoming novel Goandria: Visions of War.  You can download it here in virtually any format.

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A brief description of the series:

Goandria lies under the cruel rule of worlox demons. Emerging from an unknown realm, they claim large swaths of the northern territories for their own.  The wizards, blessed with power from Voshnore, continue their fight against them with little success. Pushed back to the south,  generation to generation, year by year, they labor in vain. Until now.

Lorkai, general of the wizard army, returns home after years of fighting. He brings long awaited successes on the battlefield. Yet those successes come with prices of their own. Several of Lorkai’s men now anguish in worlox occupied areas. Following a warm welcome, Lorkai’s request for aid is refused. Lorkai and his best friend, Evera, take matters into their own hands. The wizards uncover secrets about the worlox, which leads the friends to fight for their lives, and their humanity.