The Winds of the Storm

Introduction: This short story was written late in 2021 to be submitted to an online contest of short stories. I've decided to post it here, so that it may be viewed by the visitors of this site. It varies distinctly from the other short stories I have presented here; I categorize this tale as science... Continue Reading →

Vaean—My Worldbuilding Project

Upon my first day entering the world of innovation, I was surprised. Not just because I had expected something small and had instead found something grand. Barely for the fact that the inhabitants of this realm felt, acted and appeared as humanoid. Not because they subverted my expectations, acting happy to see me instead of... Continue Reading →

Overcoming Writer’s Block

Writers talk about writer's block a lot. It's a question nearly every author gets asked—how do you deal with writer's block? How did you beat it? It's an issue that, it seems, penetrates every writing community, and the question of how to overcome it is one that no person, book, or google search has yet... Continue Reading →

So, you’ve found me

Goblin Opinions, The various thoughts of J. Dan Goodberry, writer and occasional philosopher. Greetings! Chances are if you’re seeing this, you’re new to the Goblin Opinions site. Either that or you’ve just stumbled upon an update conducted to (hopefully) improve the site in some way or another. Well, either way I’m happy you’re here. With... Continue Reading →

Worldbuilding—Constructing a Map

As you'll know if you follow this blog, I'm a fan of the art of worldbuilding—that act of creating a fictional setting, be it for fantasy, science fiction, or anything in between. It serves as an outlet for creativity and as grounds for collaboration. Many of our favorite tales are set in grand worlds with... Continue Reading →

Best Books I Read in 2021

Greetings! While this may be coming a little late, I did want to touch on some of my favorite books of 2021 before taking this site into the new year. This was a huge year for me in terms of reading, and while several of my reviews have made it onto this blog, I thought... Continue Reading →

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