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    Two Short Stories Sold

    Well, I must be doing something right because in the past two weeks I’ve sold two short stories to themed anthologies. One was Fairyland, which will be going into an anthology of fairy stories. Fairyland is an old story I wrote way back before I wrote my first novel. (or maybe during?) It was part of my effort to follow Stephen King’s advice for getting published — get a few short stories under your belt, fill out your resume, then submit to agents so they can see you’ve got some publications to back you up. Personally, I really liked its concept but I was an amateur writer so it got…

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    Fairies in Legend of Zelda

    I might be writing a story involving fairies soon, so I was doing some research (i.e. putzing on Wikipedia). Got to thinking about how fairies are portrayed in Legend of Zelda. What is Nintendo doing thinking? They’re not a large part of the mythos, but Nintendo’s letting you do things to them that are… weird. Let’s take a look. The Legend of Zelda (the first one) The game that introduced us to all the base tropes. Fairies appear two ways. They drop from defeated enemies or defeated bushes. If Link touches them, three hearts will be refilled. I don’t think any Zelda game really explains this healing magic, but if…

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    Robots vs. Fairies

    So last month I read “Robots vs. Fairies”, a collection of short stories. I was a little disappointed because it wasn’t so much “versus” as “here’s robots and now here’s fairies” (except for one story at the end). But at the end of each story, the author declared whether they were “Team Robot” or “Team Fairy” and why. Even though the split is even, it felt like Team Fairy came out the winner. But I thought it’d be fun to declare my allegiance, even though I’m not part of the book. (They didn’t even *ask* me! *sniffle*) Even though I probably read and produce more fantasy than science fiction, I…

  • My Top Ten Hottest Women Who Aren’t Real (6 through 5)

    6. Crysta Huh, another fairy. I didn’t realize that until I was making this list. Not one of the smartest fairies either. All she does all day is fly around being twee, occasionally growing plants with magic. She openly embraces the stranger in her forest at the same time all the trees are disappearing. Didn’t work too well for the Aztecs. Her naivety is a pale copy of the charm of the little mermaid, and it doesn’t work. Sort of. I said before I’m a sucker for projects, but there are two types. One is the dark and twisted, self-hating, self-destructive kind. Crysta and her lot is the other kind…