Wisdom of Ashael (v)

Wisdom of Ashael (v)

Birth may be feared for the treacherous path it treads. It may be railed against for the pain it causes. Or it may be praised for what it brings forth. Often it will be feared, and railed against, and praised, all at once, as the miracle of new life reaches for its...
Fantasy: It’s Capacity, My Salvation

Fantasy: It’s Capacity, My Salvation

“Do not forget whom to fear at last. I have had to be content with killing and torment. But now my plans are laid, and I have begun. I shall not rest until I have eradicated hope from the Earth. Think on that, and be dismayed!” (Stephen R Donaldson, Lord Foul’s Bane)...
Wisdom of Ashael (iv)

Wisdom of Ashael (iv)

Uncertainty in life is not a problem to be overcome. Nor should a man wish to avoid it, even were that possible. No. Uncertainty is one of the keys of our existence in this world. For it is as a man traverses life’s many uncertainties that he is forced to make...
Wisdom of Ashael (iii)

Wisdom of Ashael (iii)

The most difficult lesson a woman must learn is that for succour to be given, her suffering must first be revealed. From the Wisdom of Ashael (Dreams and Shadows, The Aylosian Chronicles...
Suspension of Disbelief in Fantasy

Suspension of Disbelief in Fantasy

For most of us, the suspension of our disbelief is quite natural when we’re reading works of fiction. That’s not necessarily true for all genres and all books, of course, but certainly within the fictional world I inhabit, it is. Whether it’s paranormal, urban...