Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape?…If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we’re partisans of liberty, then it’s our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!

J.R.R. Tolkien  (via justinpoole)

“Albert Einstein was expelled from school because his attitude had a negative effect on serious students; he failed his university entrance exam and had to attend a trade school for one year before finally being admitted; and was the only one in his graduating class who did not get a teaching position because no professor would recommend him. One professor said Einstein was “the laziest dog” the university ever had. Beethoven’s parents were told he was too stupid to be a music composer. Charles Darwin’s colleagues called him a fool and what he was doing “fool’s experiments” when he worked on his theory of biological evolution. Walt Disney was fired from his first job on a newspaper because “he lacked imagination.” Thomas Edison had only two years of formal schooling, was totally deaf in one ear and was hard of hearing in the other, was fired from his first job as a newsboy and later fired from his job as a telegrapher; and still he became the most famous inventor in the history of the U.S.”

Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking

Short Story/Novella Picks of 2011 (3 of 3)

Laura is telling the truth about being from Faerie. But not about anything else.
Darri has been waiting years for her brother’s return… because only she can protect the rest of her family from him.
Sarli is one of a long line of abandoned girls chosen to be a human sacrifice. But she’s planning for her turn to go a little differently.
Seven previously published fantasy stories by Leah Cypess, author of Mistwood & Nightspell.

“When Tommy Adams Burned The World: Part 1, Into The Province” is the first part in a six part series.

Follow the adventure of Tommy Adams, a boy with magical powers, dropped into the fantastical land of The Province. Chased by zombie pirates, an alchemist and the fairy prince’s Knight and his page, Tommy has to figure out why the Daemons that own his soul have sent him there all the while staying two steps ahead of everyone.

In this tale of lost faith and redemption, an outbreak of restless spirits threatens the safety of the bog-dwellers. Imaen, a disillusioned, bitter priestess, is forced to accompany her mentor into the icy swamps to learn why the spirits walk and to help put them to rest again. But when her mentor is attacked and slain by one of these spirits, Imaen must find the courage and the faith she needs to solve the mystery on her own. If she fails, the evil behind the outbreak could claim her soul as well, leaving her a forlorn spirit wandering through the mists of Blackfen Bog. (First published as a serial in Silver Blade at, summer 2009)

“I heard every snicker, every whisper, saw every grimace, and glance filled with pity. Well, no more! Those people will rue the day they laughed at me.”
Senda shook his head. He couldn’t deny what Lucian said. “People were afraid, they didn’t know how to react…”
Senda stood rooted to the spot, watching the bald Mystic, Anali, lead his Lord to his bedchamber. He couldn’t hear what Anali whispered to Lucian, but Anali turned and grinned.
Dear Spirits, what have I done? The man’s feral grin worried Senda. It was clear to him that Lucian was different, though up and moving. He knew he should be happy that his Lord was well.

But at what cost?