Author: kingdompen

Five Common World-Building Mistakes and How to Correct Them

By Naomi Jackson World building is one of my favorite activities. I look forward to a session with my notebook like some people look forward to watching Netflix. This enjoyment of creating a fantasy world heightens my awareness of weaknesses. Even with extensive effort, sometimes a fantasy novel is deficient. I could be reading about the greatest characters ever conceived, but I can’t savor the story if the setting seems implausible. As an author, I never want to commit any of the world-building mistakes I see others make—and as a friend, I hope to help you avoid these pitfalls...

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The Seventieth Sketch

By D. G. Snapper Relatives slowly drifted out of the funeral reception into their own sunny lives. When the last suburban carrying toddlers and grandkids rolled down the street, Ruel Johnson clicked the door shut and twisted the locks with unchallenged sourness. He slumped into a tattered gray armchair, the red recliner next to him vacant. A lump hit his throat like a meteor as he realized that his ninety-nine-year-old wife would never fill it again. With tears threatening to escape, Ruel stood and wandered into the studio. Her studio. Elizabeth had always been the artist, whether she was...

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Farewell, Adieu

By Madelynn Pitcher I walk through the halls of my life’s memories, wondering if I have done everything I could to make it all right. “This is the last time,” I tell myself as my fingertips glide across the cement blocks that create and form the structure that holds the beginning of who I am. Is this the end? This is the end. To my left is the room where I met my best friend, and to the right is the hall I walked every day to get to my least favorite class. I’ll still miss it. I’ll still...

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KP Book Review: The Blood Race

By Hannah Whatley I stared at him through the shafts of early morning sun, searching for something behind the blue in his eyes. “A mission?” He looked at me, then nodded. “To find the other half of who you are.” Hawk and Ion are searching for their identities. Hawk has been sure of hers for a century, while Ion is only beginning to understand his. Ion is a college student in Los Angeles trying to hide from his dark past. Hawk is the mysterious teenage girl next door who lives with an old man Ion later learns is her...

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Interview on Productivity and Small Press Publishing with Author John Horn (+Giveaway!)

A special Thursday post from Kingdom Pen? That’s right—we’ve lined up this awesome interview with an author today who has a lot of valuable advice to share on how to be productive as a writer and what publishing with a small press is like. The author’s name is John Horn, and he’s also sponsoring a giveaway for his book Brothers in Arms at the end of the interview! Let’s jump right into what advice he has to share with other writers. The Writing Life KP: What is the most difficult aspect of writing for you? John: Simply carving out...

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