• Inspiration

    A Lost Tomb Makes Magical Writing Inspiration

    Welcome to another writing inspiration post. I hope you enjoyed last week’s inspiration and story. That may have been the hardest story I’ve ever written. And I’ll be honest, there are still things about it I would like to change. This is why I started this blog, to make sure that I keep deadlines and get the work done. Then do more work! I’ll get better with practice. Maybe I’ll get inspired to make another horror-ish story at some point, but probably not too soon. In any case, I am excited about the writing inspiration and story for this week. I got some fun ideas while reading and can’t wait…

  • Iceburgs on dark water.

    The Mysterious Fate of the Metus

    They hadn’t seen the cairn the night before. Captain Williams pulled up the collar of her wool coat as the wind buffeted her and whipped up tiny cyclones of powdery snow and ice that stung her face. The lookout had roused her as soon as there was enough light to distinguish shapes. Perhaps on a normal mission suspicion wouldn’t have arisen so soon. But here in this barren, frozen heath, any anomaly on the horizon warranted investigation. The sun was high enough now, attempting to inject some color into the monotone world of ice and snow, that they could see it was a stone cairn, simple pile of large gray-brown…

  • Recommendatons

    Recommendation: Mysterium

    Good Morning! For my second recommendation, I am going to show you that here at Quixotic Quill, we like to mix it up. I was debating whether to tell you about one of my favorite authors, or one of my favorite artists, or the book I’m reading but then…I got a game. My family is one of those strange ones that mostly gets along pretty well. And we love to play board games. My mom prefers the cooperative and team based ones to the games that pit us against each other in what turns into an epic battle to test the strength of our familial bonds. To be fair, I’m…

  • Skull

    Spirit of Discovery

    The darkness was part of him. Akhilleus could barely remember a time before the darkness. He knew in his bones, now all that remained of him, that there was something before the darkness, but now that life was but a pebble in the river of time that designated his existence. So now, as the darkness began slowly to lift, he was forced to wonder if he faced the end of that river. Some unknown end to existence itself. But he did not fear. The darkness had erased any ability to fear from him. While he might not fear he did feel a certain…apprehension. He did not know if this new…

  • Recommendatons

    Recommendation: The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

    Good Morning! I’m a little nervous about my first recommendation. I want to make a good impression and share something I love. But sharing things I love makes me a little bit anxious. But you’re a good crowd, right? So, here goes. I’d like to recommend The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, by Natasha Pulley. It came out in 2015 and has a slew of awards and nominations. I would love to recommend something new and not as well-known, but…this book is simply amazing. And it’s exactly the kind of thing that Quixotic Quill aspires to be. I don’t want to give any spoilers, and I actually advocate going into a new book cold.…

  • Inspiration

    From Greek Grave to Story Inspiration

    For this post, I read an article with the express purpose of finding story inspiration. Usually, it just happens as I go along whether I want it to or not. First, I will summarize the article for you but please read it for yourself here. Then, I will tell you how this article prompted my creative wheels. I studied Ancient Greek history for my graduate studies. I was constantly coming up with story ideas during classes and as I researched my thesis. So I decided to use something about Greek archaeology for my first inspiration post. I found “This 3,500-Year-Old Greek Tomb Upended What We Thought We Knew About the…