Today the Dragon Wins

"Today the Dragon Wins" offers information from Fantasy Author and Professional Editor Sandy Lender. You'll also find dragons, wizards, sorcerers, and other fantasy elements necessary for a fabulous story, if you know where to look...

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Sandy Lender is the editor of an international trade publication and the author of the fantasy novels Choices Meant for Gods and Choices Meant for Kings, available from ArcheBooks Publishing, and the series-supporting chapbook, What Choices We Made.

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Sunday, February 04, 2007

Scenes of Dragons and Wizards and Sorcery, Oh My!
Or…Assignments from the Florida Writers Association monthly meetings

At yesterday’s Florida Writers Association meeting (for the region I’m in), our homework assignment was to write a romantic scene. For those of you following along at home, you know I’ve already written, and read aloud to the group, a suspense scene and a sad scene. Yesterday’s seem to go over better than the other two, and, of course, I worked up a scene that could have appeared in Choices Meant for Gods if I had only written it a few years ago.

Anyway! I’ll post the romantic scene below and you all can read what might have taken place the morning after Nigel Taiman’s brush with death if Chariss hadn’t been there to heal him. First, let me say that anyone who lives in the state of Florida can benefit from a membership in the Florida Writers Association through not just these sorts of meetings, but also through the association’s annual conference, online workshops, and networking opportunities. The motto is “writers helping writers,” and I’ve found the association helpful. You can get more information at The membership tab is the third menu item on the bar across the top of the page.

Now! The following post is the romantic scene. Here’s what you need to know: the evening before this scene, Nigel and Chariss were surprised by a creature in the Taiman estate. It nearly killed Nigel, but Chariss was there to heal him with her geasa (magic – it’s explained in the novel). Enjoy!

“Some days, you just want the dragon to win.”
(And if you're looking for "Word of the Day," it's just after the romantic scene post.)

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