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Perhaps humanity's greatest Gift is the ability to dream - second only to our ability to read and write. And nowhere does this Gift better expressed than in the realm of Speculative Fiction (Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror).

Those who cater to this desire - the authors - serve a vital and welcome social role, a role rightly time-honored. Yet becoming a capable author is a long and difficult quest; a quest to learn subtilites of language and culture most people are not aware of. And while 'book learning' can do much, the best learning comes from the tradition of mentoring and peer review.

Sadly, the professional industry is often reluctant to help the newcomer. While there have been notable exceptions, all too often issues of plaigerism, personality, and the press of deadlines discourage the veterans from reaching out to the new author. This situation is the reason this web site came into being.


The Written Wyrd* is a literary trust created by a typical self-published author who has been down this road. The goal is to support self-published and small press authors and cover artists by recounting my own efforts, successes, and failures in order to smooth the journey for others.

The works listed at the edges of this page are my own efforts at independent authorship, which I offer world-wide as a charitable activity. The income is used to support new authors and cover artists with technical advice and resources on this site. The goal is to help them develop their skills and get their names before the reading public - to provide them that little edge which can make the difference between a wannabe and someone with honest accomplishments in hand.

So please come in, look around, explore the world of speculative fiction as seen through the eyes of the self published author, and above all, enjoy!

Thank you for your time and interest. I hope these efforts will prove helpful.

All my best,

Bob Boyd
Founder

* The term 'Wyrd' is Olde English for one's fate or destiny, as in 'he met his wyrd'.


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A Quick Note About Writing:

'Cute' is the Kiss of Death for fantasy and sci fi.

Unless you anticipate an exhaustive spin-off market for toys and T shirts, avoid downplaying your writing. Humor is all fine and good, and can add a lighter moment to break up a heavy scene. But never allow yourself to descend into childishness or jarring symbolism: no Jar-Jar, no robot dogs, no senior officers engaging in childish pranks. Serious writing, always.

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All proceeds from sales go to support interest in speculative fiction and the efforts of self-published and small press authors.

For Your Consideration:

From "Even Wizards Have Bad Days (Deus Ex Machina)":

Mal-binizar the Black was a power-obsessed monster utterly devoted to the pursuit of the darkest, most dreadful forbidden knowledge and his own promotion thereby; not the sort who gets invited to tea in polite circles. He was tall and angular, with a high forehead and narrow shoulders, and he seemed rather pathetic until you saw the feverish gleam in his eyes. One could say he had issues.

Right then he was fiddling with the wand of now-former fellow mage Bel-ama the Purple, who came to a gristly end thanks to Mal-binizar a couple hours earlier. At that, he, Mal-binizar, lucked out: it was a near-run thing.

Perhaps the best description for Mal-binizar was 'dangerous fool', though not many would offer that opinion to his face no matter how widely held. People who take up Black magic are usually described as "obsessive" or "antisocial" or "psychotic" or all three; the sort who thrash recklessly forth where demons fear to tread. Mal-binizar in particular was a name whispered...usually while trying to keep a straight face. Anyone who plunged whole-heartedly into the Black Arts like he did, and survived as long as he had, was not to be taken lightly. The fact that many did smirk at the mention of his name proves that 'greatest' does not necessarily equate with 'best'; rather more like 'luckiest'.


Your Disturbing Thought For The Day:

How much deeper would the ocean be without sponges?


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Famous Last Words

"People aren't dying out there! You have to do something!"

(The Devil, 'Nothing Ventured' - 'Ghoulish Good Fun')

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