“When she opened her eyes again, the waterfall was on fire. The sunset light had deepened into gold and crimson, and from this angle it reflected off the stone behind the fall and back through the water, making it glow like a fall of dragon fire. ”
— Amy Beatty, Dragon Ascending
The Edge of the World is the knife-edge cliff over which the River Drasil empties into the depths of the Crevasse. From there, the water flows down three channels--the roots of the great river tree--to the sea.
August has been an exciting month. September promises to be another.
The majestic ash tree Yggdrasil stands at the heart of the Norse mythological cosmos....My Vanir Dragon Series reinterprets the divine ash tree as a great river, the lifeblood that connects the realms of the nine peoples of the world.
Now that I've written that whole four-part series of blog posts about how I hope my writing will appeal to women, I feel a need to add a small caveat.
I suspect that a lot of women who love stories about fascinating people doing important things in exotic places will someday discover that they actually do like science fiction and fantasy--but only when we write their sf/f stories.
In the past few years, some attention has been drawn to the gender disparity among sci-fi/fantasy readers, and a movement has sprung up in support of speculative fiction written by women and for women. I applaud this movement and am eager to see how it develops over time. But right now it is still young and still finding its feet.
These women tell me they lose interest when the story consists mostly of chopping off the heads of orcs in the village, and then in the forest, and then down by the river, and then in the big city, until finally, at long last, the hero saves the world by chopping off the head of the biggest orc of all. And apparently, it isn’t more appealing if it’s zapping aliens with laser guns instead of hacking orcs with swords.