Medieval Grunge

Married in his twenties, Awwal ibn Muazzam al-Tariq and his wife, secure in finance thanks to Awwal’s dealings in pearls (the “most successful seller of pearls in Jam,” according to Wadud), lived a happy life and wanted nothing more than a child. As much as they tried, he’d said with a subdued laughter, they could … More Medieval Grunge

A Celtic Winter

nly on the New Year celebration, when the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead thinned to its thinnest, did one of the Coill speak to him. Shivering under his cloak, Erosoi had been standing in the middle of the village on a misty night when one by one they passed, candles … More A Celtic Winter

Lokasenna 2.0

 Also knows as the “Flyting of Loki,” Lokasenna is found in the Poetic Edda, a collection of Norse myths. In this story, Loki chastises the gods while they are feasting in Aegir’s hall. The version below is a re-telling of the tale from my novel The Story of the Four. Here Darrath plays a central role. Can you guess which … More Lokasenna 2.0

Topics We Don’t Discuss and Questions We All Ask

Jen exhaled his relief and lowered his hands to his aching knees. A large village, perhaps a small city even, before them. People. People to talk to. As much as he’d enjoyed talking to Sherme since they trekked along the Yuanwuling Gorge, he’d almost run out of things to say. He explained the empire—its past … More Topics We Don’t Discuss and Questions We All Ask