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Feeling like The White Rabbit

I'm late! I'm late! For a very important date! No time to say "Hello," goodbye! I'm late! I'm late! I'm late! (From Alice in Wonderland)

It has been one of those non-stop, work from dawn to midnight, overwhelming weeks. We’ve all had them, right? Well, my horrendous week has put me behind schedule in just about everything, including the newsletter. So I’m hoping to make it up to you with a piece of writing that so far has not been released outside of The Dragon Tempest anthology.

This tale directly relates to my Wind Rider Chronicles series; an ancient myth passed down through the generations, that has become part of my world’s extensive history. It hints at the distant origins of one of my most nefarious characters.

Though the story can be accessed through my website, you won’t find the link to it anywhere else.  This is my gift to the Fantasy Fix readers. Hope you enjoy it!

Birth of the Necromancer: A Midwife’s Tale

Tired of the same old fantasy creatures? Medieval legend is full of bizarre beasts that can make for great inspiration for your fantasy story.
A king asleep in bed while a caladrius perches on him. (13th century)
A caladrius is a white bird, typically associated with royalty. Its excrement placed directly onto the eyes was said to cure blindness.

But this was not the bird's only value. It was also believed that if a caladrius was brought into the room with a sick person, and turned its face away, that person was going to die.

However, if the caladrius gazed into the face of the sick person, he or she would recover. When the bird eventually flew away, the illness would be taken with it.
Into the Shadow Wood
Once a proud member of the Sovereign’s prestigious personal guard, Einar has lost everything: his home, his Sovereign, and his purpose. Most of his closest friends have either been killed in battle or executed. His friend Nevon died trying to fulfill a dangerous oath…one that Einar disagreed with, but now feels honor-bound to take up in his stead. The quest plunges Einar into the depths of the dark and twisted Shadow Wood, testing the limits of his strength, his beliefs, and his sanity. What he finds in the Wood is far more ominous than anything he’d expected. If he’s not careful, Nevon’s fate might end up being his own.
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Exclamation points might be a great way to emphasize emotion in emails and texts, but writers should be sparing with them in works of fiction.

Use exclamation points in dialogue when a character is literally yelling. Otherwise, let a character's body language, word choices, and actions clue the reader in to the strength of his or her emotions. 
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Get inspired by Fantasy Art Wednesday, where fun fantasy artwork is combined with a writing prompt to get your creative juices flowing!

Beautiful and solemn, this image draws my gaze upward and makes me feel like I’m in an elven cathedral. I can almost hear the gentle lapping of the water and the sound of the oar being pulled slowly through it. There are a variety of songbirds calling from tree to tree, but otherwise, this is a quiet place. Who is the hooded figure? As the boat approaches the arched entrance, what is waiting on the other side? Are those buildings, or markers? Monuments or grave stones? Light is shining through the canopy onto what looks like a young tree or maybe something more mysterious. At this distance it is hard to tell, but whatever it is, it seems significant.

Could you travel to this place, if only you knew the way? Or is it in another realm…one that only exists beyond life as we know it? Let your eyes explore the intricate swirls of the gateway, and take in the soft, peaceful glow, as your mind explores the many possibilities.

Learn More About the Weekly Fantasy Fix Authors!
Joshua Robertson is a dark fantasy author who enjoys challenging the concept of good and evil.

His bestselling novel, Melkorka, is one of three books currently available in the Thrice Nine Legends saga. 

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Allison D. Reid is a Christian Fantasy author with a fondness for Medieval history.  Her first published series, the Wind Rider Chronicles, embraces traditional fantasy elements but is also infused with deeper spiritual themes. The first book, Journey to Aviad, is now free in ebook format everywhere.

Listen to a live interview with Allison!
Renee Scattergood writes Dark fantasy and is currently publishing a serial called, Shadow Stalker. She is also working on the first novel in her series, A God's Deception. The first novel in the series is due out late 2016 or early 2017.

Read more about Renee.
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