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Welcome! We weave dreams, some dark, some not, but all fantastic.

We are authors of Fantasy, Romance, and much more. Enter our infinite worlds....

On this blog, our visitors will find advice and opinion from published authors on much more than just world-building. We'll tell you in Craft and Opinion posts what we do, how we do it, and what we think works for us.

Authors with A-names post on the 1st of each month, B-names post on the 2nd, C-names on the 3rd etc.
The 29th, 30th, and 31st are free-for-all days.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Mudflat Fortune Cookie -

Part of the fantasy world is fortunetelling. And Mudflat. Mudflat is a neighborhood in Seattle where old magic gets handed down through families, and the fortuneteller plays a big role in the Mudflat series. So once a week a fortune gets posted in Claire's Prediction page. If you are totally bored, hop over and check it out. I won't post here on a weekly basis as that would be taking up too much space, but I'll post now for the balance of this week to give an idea of these simplistic fortunes based on the phase and placement of the Moon and the placement of the Sun and the influences of the decanates. If you know what decanates are, stop now because you probably know a lot more about fortunetelling than I do.


- Phoebe Matthews, 2009 winner of the EPPIE for Best Fanasy AND (drum roll, please)
the third Mudflat book, Mudflat Toy Boy, is a 2010 finalist!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Writer's Evolution: e-Piracy...You CAN Do Something!

This blog has some interesting tips for authors.

Writer's Evolution: e-Piracy...You CAN Do Something!

Monday, November 2, 2009


Creatures of myth. Creatures of dreams or even nightmares. Tales of dragons are found in many cultures. Dragons of the air, the earth or the sea. All types of dragons have been imagined by men. Dragons sitting on their hoards of jewels. Dragons breathing fire to destroy towns. Dragons being hunted by valiant knights to rescue maidens or safe towns. Magic beasts. Ones engineered by science. Dragons who help and dragons who harm. Dragons have many faces as shown in stories penned by authors.

I've read many of the tales of dragons and have a number of stories on my shelves or in my ereader. Among my favorite are the dragons of Pern. Dragons who were engineered for a specific purpose. Yjamks to Anne McCaffrey for many hours of fun. Another of my favorites is Temeraire, a fighting dragon and the hero of a series of books in an alternate world by Naomi Novik. There are probably a dozen or more other dragons and writers who have brought their creatures to life.

On the shelf above my computer is a dragon collection, including one made by my oldest grandson by chance when he was doing splatter art in nursery school. There are cloth dragons, glass dragons, pens and lamps. I'm not sure the menagerie inspire me to keep writing but they have influenced two of my stories.

The Dragons of Fyre is the story of dragons threatened by an evil man who sells their hides to the wizards of Fyre. A yellow dragon, the Old One, a green dragon, Verde aid the hero and heroine as they battle to save the dragons. These dragons are magical creatures but they do not flame. Their riders either physically fly on they or fly the dragons during a mind meld.

The Amber Dragon is a novella that will be released next year. Here a spoiled princess is turned into a dragon by an evil magician. To become human again, she must entice a prince to kiss her. Problem is, she has insulted all the princes in the surrounding kingdoms. She does encounter a prince transported from another world to hers. The story revolves around her attempts to gain her kiss and the prince's quest for a kingdom.

So tell me about your favorite dragons, either the ones you've read about or the ones whose stories you've told.