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Chapter 6 of Gravity’s Revenge

Chapter 6 Lark’s Hall Hiresha was walking down a wall when she thought she heard someone whisper her name. An itching sensation ran over her back to her chest, and she kneaded the fingers of one hand through her gloves, feeling the concealed jewels there that she had imbedded into her skin. A pool of … Read more

Chapter 7 of Gravity’s Revenge

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Chapter 7 The Crystal Ballroom Hiresha’s breath frosted a glittering blue. The night was too cold for snow, but the powder that had already fallen crackled under her feet. The Waterfly River will freeze tonight. Yet she did not feel the pain of the chill. A tingling numbness flowed up her arm where she touched … Read more

Chapter 8 of Gravity’s Revenge

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Chapter 8 Dream Laboratory If only I could sleep for three days straight, Hiresha had often thought over the years, then I’ll free myself of this weight of fatigue. I’ll be cured, awake, and wide-eyed as the other girls. Once, she had tried it. After gaining her first enchantress gown she had received a windfall … Read more

Chapter 9 of Gravity’s Revenge

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Chapter 9 of Gravity’s Revenge

Chapter 9 Ceiling of Elders Enchantresses craned their necks to watch the elders ascend on six wallways, black and white paths leading between columns of blue marble. Each elder enchantress towed a train of gowns. The ceremonial dresses were woven into each other, Lightened so they swayed and shifted behind the elders like multicolored tails … Read more

Chapter 10 of Gravity’s Revenge

Chapter 10 Spire of Magical History Hiresha worried that Fos would soon be making his way along the Skyway for his night watch. I must warn the spellswords in the Blade and spare him that danger. With the rector in a state of shock, the dean stayed to supervise the evacuation of all the women … Read more

Chapter 11 of Gravity’s Revenge

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Chapter 11 of Gravity’s Revenge

Chapter 11 Threshold of Stone A gust lifted the stranger’s hair into a halo of black, crusted at the edges with frost. She raised one hand. Her fingertips and palm shone white. Her eyes pulsed once with the same moonlight glow. Hiresha could hear her calm words through the aural tunnel connecting to the outside … Read more

Chapter 12 of Gravity’s Revenge

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Chapter 12 Hall of Visitation Bright Palm Sheamab strode back and forth in front of the women, the staff hitting the carpet with dull smacks that reminded Hiresha of the sound it would make striking flesh. The enchantress clutched her own throbbing hand, worrying what the Bright Palm intended for the novices. The women and … Read more

Chapter 13 Enchantress Parlor When the Bright Palms found the glass door locked, Sheamab smote it with her staff. The stained-glass door vibrated, then cracked, and on the third blow the plates exploded in red and green shards. The Bright Palms crunched their way into the parlor. Two of them held Hiresha with hands that … Read more

Creativity: the Origin of Madness

A fantasy writer must dredge up impossibilities to paint a mosaic of unbelievable wonder. Often, I have questioned if doing so required a whiff of madness. Not that I am the first to suspect a link between creativity and a fraying mind. “The lunatic, the lover and the poet Are of imagination all compact” – … Read more

Is the cure for writer’s block Prozac?

I’ve been reading Strong Imagination, Madness, Creativity, and Human Nature, by Daniel Nettle. He suggests that to begin the monumental undertaking of writing a novel, in the face of overwhelming odds of failure, authors need to have hypomania, a mentality of boiling confidence and breathtaking vision. Anathema to this outlook is a case of the … Read more