Category Archives: Fantastic in the Everyday

Ancient Automatons

Perhaps it’s no surprise that as a reader and writer of fantasy, I’m interested in unusual inventions and ancient technologies, devices from our world that may provide inspiration for unique fantasy realms. And the inventions of Hero (sometimes known as … Continue reading

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The Staffordshire Gold Hoard
(and Giveaway Results)

The giveaway for The Realms Thereunder has closed, and I’m excited to announce that Jennifer Whitney has won the book! Thanks to all of you who participated. As usual, I have more giveaways planned for the future, so check back … Continue reading

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Cities Underground

Since we’ve been discussing The Realms Thereunder, I thought it might be appropriate to highlight this post from the very early days of my blog on real-world underground cities: “A man steps through the wall and enters a long-hidden city, … Continue reading

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Steampunk Insects

I must confess, I’m not a big fan of insects, but these steampunk versions have enough whimsey to appeal to my interest in all things speculative. My imagination quickly started running with ways such automatons could be used, and I … Continue reading

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Fact and Fiction

Echoes of speculative fiction often find their way into the realm of fact, as scientists discover more about the world in which we live and new technologies make possible what would have been wondrously improbable in earlier eras. The discovery … Continue reading

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Storybook Architecture

While little details of the real world often inspire fantasy stories, in the case of storybook architecture, a reverse process of sorts occurred. The designers took inspiration from the medieval era and fused it with the fantastic to create dwellings … Continue reading

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Real Life Hobbit Holes

Something about autumn always reminds me of the Shire, with its well-tended fields and woods and quiet allure. So what more fitting time of year to share these two real life hobbit holes, charming homes that sparked some creative inspiration … Continue reading

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Under Lock and Key

Inspiring Objects

For as long as I can remember, old doors–with their ornate latches, handles, and locks– have grabbed my attention. Their elegant handwork speaks volumes about a culture different from our own, and thus serves to inspire. Often a world will … Continue reading

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Technology of the Ancients

Imagine technology in the world of the ancients, advanced devices blended with primeval or medieval fantasy worlds. Based on the history of our own world, such creations might not be as far-fetched as they seem. One of many real-world marvels … Continue reading

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Real World Steampunk

You venture onto the streets of 19th century New York, where your carriage awaits. With care, you lift the hem of your skirt and step up into the conveyance. Once positioned, you give a nod to your driver. Rather than flick … Continue reading

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