Meet David Farland

Today we’re pleased to welcome award-winning author David Farland to the Lightning Blog! What stories have inspired your writing the most? For novels, it has to be Lord of the Rings, Dune, and Neuromancer. Years ago I was asked by the head of Scholastic to help...

DiAnn Mills

A writer focuses his efforts on every tip and technique in this wonderful world of publishing. It’s a mix of the craft, branding, social media, marketing, promotion, and meeting reader needs. For many, social media is met with groans, excuses, and do-I- have-to? This...

Dolan–Journal of Wonders

I do not, as a rule, take kindly to shoppers who only look, never buy. But in this case, I studied this customer as much as he studied my wares. Fair skin is no common sight in Hormuz, and I wanted an opening to engage him. Young, barely a man, if that. It showed in...

Incognito :: Flash Fiction

How does a man know who he is? The man with the blank shield had been many things. Now he was a king. In the beginning ruling had been easy, as he rode the countryside defending the weak with his friends ever beside him; but now kingship was a snare, a noose around...