Nine White Horses, Part III

Part III of IV: the story of Charlemagne’s horse, and loyalty and duty, and very old, very strong magic. Part I Part II He might be a good baker and he might not, but no one complained. Otherwise it was … Continue reading

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Nine White Horses, Part II

Part II of IV: a brand-new, never before published story. A tale of Charlemagne’s horse, and a little bit more. Part I is here. “Are you blind, then?” The horse’s track was stronger now, the road as deserted as ever. … Continue reading

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Nine White Horses, Part I

Not long ago, a friend asked me to write him a story. “Will you write about Charlemagne’s horse?” But of course. Herewith, part I of IV: “Nine White Horses.” For Jonathan The king’s grief knew no bounds. His nephew whom … Continue reading

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Faith in Fiction 8: Creating a Viable Fictional Faith
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A question I frequently field when it comes to inventing religions for fiction is: How do I go about it? I always start with a real religion. This keeps me from “winging it” or just throwing stuff onto the page … Continue reading

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Worldbuilding with Horses: Urban Horsekeeping

In worlds and historical periods in which horses are a primary means of transport, they often coexist with cities. There’s a bit of a disconnect there. Large, herd-dwelling herbivore that evolved on and for steppe and tundra, that needs large … Continue reading

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