I started 2020 with a lot of goals: I was angling to break the most words written in a year, I had two writing conferences lined up, we were going to go on a long-anticipated trip to visit my parents, I was going to do spin classes at the YMCA.

Orcs and “Evil Races” in Fantasy by Helen Gould When most people think of an orc, it’s likely that the first thing they think of are the creatures from The Lord of the Rings. On the surface, looking at it from a “traditional” Western fantasy view of good guys vs.

Write Your Candy Dragons by Tova Seltzer Anyone who has ever pushed past the fantasy of “being a writer” and actually written can tell you that writing isn’t always fun. It’s not always sitting down dreamily at an antique desk with a big mug of herbal tea, looking out over a cozy snowy vista, and letting the words flow easily for hours on end until you have a perfect draft.