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“Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.”

Lloyd Alexander


Book reviews, writing tips, and occasional philosophical ramblings

A sample of my own genre fiction, most certainly open to feedback

A Bit About Me

You might know me as J. Dan Goodberry, Miscellaneous Goblin, or a different name if you know me personally. This blog exists as a result of my growing interest in the genres of fantasy, historical fiction, nonfiction, and philosophy. I enjoy sharing my writing with the world, so that it will perhaps inspire other writers or garner feedback. Perhaps someone out there will find this site useful—perhaps that someone will be you.

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Online Resources for Writers

In my time searching for advice concerning writing fiction, several online resources have fulfilled and exceeded my expectations. I’ll list several of those here, along with others recommended and spoken of throughout the writing community. Brandon Sanderson’s Lectures: Sanderson’s YouTube lecture series has proved invaluable in my quest for writing advice. He posts them completelyContinue reading “Online Resources for Writers”

Unfinished Stories: Grey Lights

Introduction: This short story is presented as the third of my “unfinished stories,” tales which connect subtly through background threads. While these connections have not yet been made apparent, future releases will elaborate on the building conflict that fuels the events within these shorts. Feedback is always welcome. Grey LightsCathon Ajabon-Czar, heir to the throneContinue reading “Unfinished Stories: Grey Lights”


“The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon.”

Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings


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