AtoZ 2017: D is for Dragonriders of Pern

D is for Dragonriders of Pern Continuing the April 2017 AtoZ Challenge, I’m going back to one of my absolute favorite series, and in all likelihood the reason I’m writing my own dragon novels: Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern. The Dragonriders of Pern is the title of the omnibus edition published in 1978 of the combined…

AtoZ 2017: C is for Conan the Barbarian

C is for Conan the Barbarian Next in the April 2017 AtoZ Challenge, let’s look at dragons in the lore of Conan the Barbarian. Creating this post, after a friend suggested it for my “C” topic this year, was my first real exposure to any of the Conan the Barbarian media.  But the research was fascinating, and I’m excited to…

AtoZ 2017: B is for The Black Cauldron

B is for The Black Cauldron Next up in the April 2017 AtoZ Challenge, let’s look at the dragons (called Gwythaints) in the 1985 Disney animated movie The Black Cauldron. From the Disney Wiki: “Gwythaints are minor villains in The Black Cauldron. They serve as the Horned Kings minions and dragons … [and are] based on wyverns, with…

AtoZ 2017: A is for Avatar: The Last Airbender

A is for Avatar: The Last Airbender To start off the April 2017 AtoZ Challenge, let’s look at the dragons in the animated tv series Avatar: The Last Airbender. A description from the amazingly detailed Avatar Wiki about the show reads: Avatar: The Last Airbender, also known as Avatar: The Legend of Aang in PAL regions, is…

Writing Thoughts: Things are not what they seem…

There is only one plot.  Things are not what they seem. — Jim Thompson When I set out to create these writing thoughts posts each week, I usually peruse a list of quotes by well-known authors and latch on to the first one to really grab my attention that day. Today that is exactly what…

Smaug the Magnificent by Andy Fairhurst

Today I’m on time again, finally!  And I get to share the work of an incredible English professional artist named Andy Fairhurst, starting with this beautiful image of Smaug the Magnificent, inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.  While Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug was about the only thing I liked about the recent movies, I think…