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I posted some new fiction today on Aethereal Engines and I’m reblogging it here! I’m still in the middle of working and revising my Unsundered novella-novel, but I was inspired earlier this week to create a short story called “The Visitor” for a writers challenge. It’s a standalone short fantasy story and a quick read if you want to check it out.

I wrote and edited its 1,500 words from scratch to final draft in just two days. I was really surprised not only with my speed in creating it but also with the quality of the end result. I think it showcases some refinement of my writing skills compared to my earlier work in the spring. It also features a character I created over ten years ago, Mankyn Greyspirit, who has been biding his time patiently outlasting the depression of years in my mind. It felt really good to breath life into him again!

Aethereal Engines

The VisitorMankyn Greyspirit cast a dubious gaze at the broad figure armored fully in plate for tournament before him. “You are an apprentice to Yir the Profound?”

“I am,” echoed the voice from within the closed helm.

The tall, lithe man gave a quizzical smile at the response. “Forgive me then,” he said rising from the table where he had been pouring over his maps in solitude. “I was unaware that the old seer had taken on a student at so venerable of an age. I only met him the once, and that was years ago.”

“Master Yir regarded you highly after that adventure,” said the calm voice of the armored man, “And that is why I am here seeking your aid.”

“If you seek training in arcana, I’m afraid that I don’t have the time for an apprentice,” Mankyn said while his cool eyes scrutinized the intricate detailing upon…

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