The next thing they knew, the dancers were bowing, adults were clapping, and young children were carrying bowls of stew out to Klimans all over the tree. Dozens of skillful, grinning young faces, overjoyed by simply being helpful. Many of them raced each other to see who could deliver the most wooden bowls to the various homes on a bough. Many children even intercepted the recipients of the meal by giving bowls to the residents of a platform that dangled between two branches, stealing the opportunity of the children on the other branch from delivering the food. Chroma chuckled as she watched. … More The Hundred Foot Drop of Klima — Scene 10
The last rope bridge sloped downward, but not enough to bring it all the way to the forest floor. Instead, it sloped downward just enough to rest among the branches of a tree as wide as it was tall. The diameter from the northernmost to the southernmost leaves must have matched that of a small town. The massive tree formed an expansive clearing beneath it, holding back competing trees and blocking sunlight to the plants below.
Between its boughs, countless meshes of planks and organic matter formed platforms where people lounged, worked, and played. The central crook of the tree was in sight, and had been partially hollowed out and lined with stones to form a large fire pit, above with hung a collection of spits as long as a hull of the Gladiator.
The color orange was everywhere: in the watercups that grew along the branches of the tree; in the paint coating the wood and various wooden bowls, toys, and instruments of Klima; in every single person’s clothing; and in the large banners hanging from the side of each bridge leading to the town. … More The Hundred Foot Drop of Klima — Scene 9
Emerging one by one from the large mouth of the cave, they stood on the inward side of the mountain. As Klyra and Chroma blinked repeatedly, desperately, the scene unfolded in front of them. Like a rolling sea, a homogenous sea of treetops stretched just below them. The clouds spilling over the lower mountain pass to their right were letting a curtain of rain fall even as they watched, making it look like the gray bodies were smearing downwards. A few rainbows caught the yellowing light of the afternoon from behind the tips of the mountains, forming colorful bridges down into the treetops. A flock of birds took flight from just beyond the storm, and the girls watched as they began making their way around the gigantic bowl as large as their entire home island.
“The bridge is down there,” Yim said, starting her trek down a steep, grass-coated path towards a decrepit, fallen tree that was connecting the middle of the canopy to their mountainside.
“I kind of wish Flor was here to see this,” Klyra breathed.
“Yeah, if she was here we’d have time to stop and see it,” Chroma agreed, beginning to follow Yim down the less-dense path that was evidently too steep for anything to grow.
“I — I can’t believe my eyes,” Klyra said, not budging from where she was.
Chroma glanced behind her, and then back at the view of the entire inner island of Klima. “Yes, it’s far better than the sketches my uncle used to bring me. Our journey’s going to be full of sights like this.”
“Aren’t you the least bit impressed?” Klyra demanded, half-laughing. There were tears in her eyes.
Chroma glanced away. “Like I said, I’ve seen sketches before. Being a princess has its perks. Now come on, we’ve got a teammate to save, and we’ve got plenty of time to come back here. You need to watch where you put your feet.” … More The Hundred Foot Drop of Klima — Scene 7
Lead image from luizclas on Pexels.com There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. –Maya Angelou News: The first chapter of Alloland is now in the final editing stages! I’m also considering submitting some of my short stories and (gasp) poems to literary magazines. So keep an eye out for announcements … More February 2018 Newsletter
Everyone seems to know the name “Dungeons and Dragons” and picture something in mind at its mention, but few people seem to know what the game actually is. “Math geeks dress up to play a Medieval board game that makes them forget about how crappy their lives are” is usually what I hear.
Well, just as Luke Skywalker said: “Impressive…every word in that sentence was wrong.” … More What is Dungeons and Dragons?
Any reasonable person would realize that most parents would not be ok with their kids fighting dragons. Even worse: your protagonist needs to have a full arc, but here the parents are ruining that by simply telling the protagonist what to do. How boring! … More How to Get Rid of Parents in a Fantasy Novel
Originally published 1/8/2017
Worlds can be difficult to introduce to audiences without overwhelming them, or it may be difficult to justify the existence of real-world features in the entirely fantasy world. This is where you get places like Hogwarts or the Batcave, which give you an entirely different basket of strengths and weaknesses.
Today, we will be focusing on the latter: fantasy or scifi worlds that your protagonist must discover, and the different ways they’re been discovered throughout the ages. Time for a rapid-fire list! … More 13 Different Ways to Hide Another World
3 STARS 6/10 less now than then Yep, chapters 9.01 – 20.3 dropped past 4 stars and down to 3. Why? Well, that’s what I’m here to tell you, now isn’t it? The Pros: Emma: Before, I thought it was pretty unrealistic that a bully would so persistently go after one particular person (Skitter). … More Worm by Wildbow Review #3
The second installment in my series of reviews for Worm by Wildbow. … More Worm Review #2
I post lots of book reviews, but who has the time to comb through them to see which books are worth reading? Well, you can start right here. Here’s the full list of all 12 books that you absolutely MUST read. These books changed my life, and they may just change yours. … More The 12 Books I’ve Given 5/5 Stars