You may noticed that over the past few days I have started publishing bits of rather disjointed fantasy fiction here under the the title "An Epic Tale" and are thinking "What's up with that?"
Basically, I am doing it as a bit of self-therapy. Recent current events and especially the election have gotten me down, so my response has been to laugh through the tears. I am indulging in my penchant for humorous fantasy fiction in an effort to lighten my mood and, hopefully, the mood of my friends.
Also I am doing this to just simply practice my writing style. Like many of my friends I've always wanted to be a writer and while I am good at things like characterization and setting, I tend to be weak when it comes to actual plot. Plus I have some stylistic quirks I need to work out and I hope regularly writing short bits of fiction, generally only a few paragraphs long, will help me see and fix those problems.
To that end, in addition to other geeky stuff I am putting my bits of fantasy flash fiction up here as well. And while it may seem rather scattershot now, eventually (I hope) it will all come together.
I should say that this is not wholly my idea. I was inspired by my college friend Daniel Myers, author of the excellent Medieval Cookery website and its companion Medieval Cookery blog. (Check them out as they are a mine of great information.) When we were at Miami University, Dan kept a notebook in which he scribbled similar bits of humorous fantasy flash fiction which he dubbed The Heroes of Sachran. I always loved the idea and while Dan's sense of humor is even more surreal than my own, it is to him I owe the credit/blame.
Finally, as this is meant to be a project for both readers and writers please leave comments about my posts. I want to know what is working and what isn't and where I am making a mess of things so I can improve.