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E-novella “Bearskin” Coming Soon

My novella Bearskin, previously serialized at The Scarlet Leaf Review, will be released as an e-book at Smashwords at the end of July. Bearskin is inspired by the Brothers Grimm tale of the same name. In it the classic tale of a soldier’s deal with the devil, becomes the story …

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Expert from “Autumn Road to Yessar.”

The Great Tomes of Fantastic and Wondrous Places is due out next month and to generate anticipation, I thought I’d post an expert from “Autumn Road to Yessar.” In preparation for the release, I’ve been revamping my website TannaraYoung.com. Please stop by and let me know what you think. When …

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Toward Re-Enchantment

My goal is to tell stories that re-enchant. I begin with myself and hope that I am able to re-enchant my readers as well. This goal is elusive because re-enchantment is elusive: a unicorn slipping though the layers of a spring green forest. What do I mean by re-enchantment? Given …

Red Lion and White Lion

At the end of June, I came to the final chapter of rereading/rewriting the Red Lion and then I got stuck. I couldn’t finish that novel, I realized, until I started the next one. Would it end in a celebration? A reconciliation? Did the White Lion open with that same …

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Beyond Writing: Publishing Novellas

What to do when you’ve finished a story? The submitting game gets more complicated when the story has turned out to be a novella instead of the short story planned. Now that I have finished my fourteen stories for the fourteen Kingdoms of Idhua (though not all fourteen launch parties), …

Journey from There to Here

For half a year I disappeared. Without noticing I began to sink into a swamp. Each day I sunk a little farther, lost my way a little. Each day I thought, this is temporary, tomorrow will be better. And some days were. But most days weren’t. Then three months into …

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Evolutionary Fiction

In the episode of “On Being” on the work of Teilhard de Chardin, evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson observed that it is our actions that have an effect on evolution. I am not a very good transcriber (and I was transcribing while working out on an elliptical,) but this is …

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The Spirit of Mars: War in Fantasy Fiction

Lately, I have been thinking about the portrayal of war and conflict in fantasy fiction. My novel manuscript, The Red Lion, which I am presently rewriting, takes place during wartime and such massive conflicts are frequently the backdrops of fantasy tales. Much of fantasy is about transformation – sometimes only …

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When is too much, too much?

I have so many (too many?) projects in the works. I now have a novel manuscript to rewrite. I have a dissertation to turn into a book. I have my short story project that has three more stories to go. There are a number of short stories from that project …

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NaNoWriMo – So it begins…

Day 4 – I am up to 8238 words and have finished two chapters. When I edit, I am going to have to do some redistribution of content because my first chapter is about one quarter of that, while my second chapter takes up the rest. It’s pretty fun to …