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.

Short Story Advice from the “Bad Friend” Music Video By Cameron Van Sant When Elton John says someone has the “the strongest album of the year so far,” and it’s only their debut, you know we’re talking about a legend in the making. Rina Sawayama is a genre-hopping singer who has been quietly putting out fantastic songs for years, only to finally have a deserved explosion into the zeitgeist with her album Sawayama.