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 ofContinue reading “Vaean—My Worldbuilding Project”

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 withContinue reading “Worldbuilding—Constructing a Map”

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 thoughtContinue reading “Best Books I Read in 2021”

Unfinished Stories: Old Home

Note: While still a part of my public “Unfinished Stories” collection, Old Home is rather disconnected from the main overarching plot. At some point it will tie in, but likely not until the overarching story is better defined. Consider it an interlude, a snippet of a tale that takes place in a different location, atContinue reading “Unfinished Stories: Old Home”

Triple Book Review + New Short Story

Greetings! It’s that time again—I’ve finished a selection of books, and I’m sharing my reviews of them on the Goblin Opinions blog. You can find more reviews, as well as a list of favorite readings, on my goodreads account. This past month, I finished several books, all by the wonderful author Brandon Sanderson. I’ve spokenContinue reading “Triple Book Review + New Short Story”

Worldbuilding—Nations and Cultures

Worldbuilding—the act of creating a fictional setting, usually for fantasy—is something that has always fascinated me. The possibilities are endless: your world can vary from our own, it can have its own weather patterns, geographical features, species, and nations. Worldbuilding is a creative art, and it presents no limit. However, there are certain aspects ofContinue reading “Worldbuilding—Nations and Cultures”

Sensory Details in Writing

In writing anything fiction—a short story, a novel, what have you—it is important to keep in mind the significance of utilizing sensory details for the benefit of the reader. Even if your plot is centered around something far outside the realm of perception—and please enlighten me if this is your plan—you’ll still want to tryContinue reading “Sensory Details in Writing”

My plans for NaNoWriMo + A short reading update

Recently I’ve been thinking about writing a novel. Not the novella kind, or a collection of my short stories, but a full-length book that introduces a basic plot and multiple viewpoints. Also recently, I found out about National Novel Writing Month. While you can discover more about the project on its website, I’ll give aContinue reading “My plans for NaNoWriMo + A short reading update”

Aragorn: A Study in Character

In my time as a general fan of fantasy literature, I have come to appreciate the character development and lessons of personal experience that can be portrayed within. When searching for examples of character work done well, especially in the foundational days of the genre, it is easy to point to The Lord of theContinue reading “Aragorn: A Study in Character”

Allegory in Fantasy: A Discussion

Chances are, you are familiar with the idea of a parable: a simple tale used to demonstrate a spiritual or moral lesson not expressly mentioned in the story. This is prominent in religion, especially in Christianity and Islam. Allegory has a similar definition, but usually applies to the greater scope of poetry and fiction. InContinue reading “Allegory in Fantasy: A Discussion”