Top Ten Tips for Being Productive

Fall is one of my favorite seasons. One of the biggest reasons, besides the cooler weather and the warm, cozy sweaters and socks and the spices and smells of pumpkin and cinnamon,  is I usually spend more time writing. In contrast, I find writing tedious in the summer months. The sun is out too long …

Reinventing the Wheel

There are too many times as writers where we feel stuck. This past summer, I would not have said, I feel stuck. I had actually accomplished a lot of writing, working myself into the third edits of my first novel. Yet, something felt lacking. Before I even began writing my novel, I had dropped by …

Plunder of Blood, Part I

Eastern Mountain Range, The Revenge Dark blood stained the deck as Captain Mai Li waded through the mess of bodies. One lad, not a day over fifteen, was shaking violently, a pool of red soaking the deck beneath him. Stopping in her tracks, the Captain crouched down to inspect the young fighter’s wounds. “Mortal,” she …

My Top Ten Books Every Professional Writer Should Own

Professional Writers Post: My Top Ten Books Every Professional Writer Should Own By Shannon Leigh Rivera For those of us who write, whether it be novels or short stories, news articles or blog posts, there is a never-ending supply of books written to help us achieve more. Those achievements could come in the form of …

Writing Slumps: What to Do When You Feel Uninspired

Writing Slumps: What to Do When You Feel Uninspired   I have heard that writer’s block often occurs because of a lack of inspiration. Some claim that writers have difficulty writing because they are lazy or afraid. I have even heard some writers claim that they get tripped up over what they want to write …

Fortune, Glory, and Death

  Fortune, Glory, and Death   Thick moats of dust clotted the air, swirling about Ya’Zi’s head as he collapsed onto his knees in the dirt.  Breathing heavily, the suffocating smell of unwashed bodies and iron settled deep into his lungs and he instinctively covered his mouth to keep himself from gagging. His muscles felt …

Forlorn Part VI

Forlorn Part VI by Shannon Leigh Rivera Tormaigh woke to the smell of smoke. Attempting to bolt upright, his head swam in a thick cloud of pain and he was forced to lie back down. The world was swirling around him and pounding against his temples. He clutched the sides of his head, rubbing his …

Looking for Fantasy Fix Collaboration Writers!

Are you looking for a place to showcase your short story or flash fiction work? Maybe you want to your work to be exposed to a large and more diverse audience? Maybe you are just looking for a platform to share your unpublished stories with the world? The Fantasy Fix is looking for collaboration authors. …

Next Stage: Graduation in Two Weeks!

Next Stage: Graduation in Two Weeks! I know I haven’t posted anything the last few weeks and I hope that you will all forgive me for that. I have been really focusing on my last two classes as I finish out my final courses before graduation. As of today, I have fifteen days until I …

The Jewel of Rajai Part IV

The Jewel of Rajai Part IVWe left behind the temple after three days and made our way, without incident to the coast city of Lumar where we arrived to great fanfare. There was a festival being held in our honor, but we did not attend. Instead, Rahmi ordered that we would set to sea three days …