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

Lloyd Alexander


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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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The Most Welcoming of Secrets

Abine wasn’t tired.  But he was supposed to be, wasn’t he? He was retired. He had seen the world and it had seen him.  So why wasn’t he tired? You’d think he would be tired. Old, even. That was what was expected of him. That he would just yield the moment they told him, take… Continue Reading →

40 Writing Prompts to Inspire Your Short Fiction

Every once in a while when navigating the waters of writing inspiration, I’ll find myself lost in a murky patch, unable to come up with anything worthy of the page. Practicing one’s craft is essential, but too often we find ourselves void of ideas or inspiration, leaving us with nothing of substance to write about…. Continue Reading →


“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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