richardbruns

I used to love science fiction. I read as much as I could. Then, over the years, my interest switched to fantasy. But I never lost the love of science fiction's intellectual challenge, the way that the stories were focused on ideas and possibilities for the world. I try to replicate that in my writing, so I am at my best when generating plots and focusing on ideas.My best and most original works are 'Lucky When I Want To Be', 'How I Learned My Place', and 'The Firstborn Child'.  The 'Angle' stories are my most recent works; I am experimenting with the first-person narrative style. The 'Erin of Calway' series is an experiment that, frankly, failed.  I was trying to write a chapter a month, but the quality began to suffer after a while.  But I am glad that I tried the experiment, and I would like to thank the people that followed the stories. My use of language in the fantasy stories confuses some people.  I assume that the people are speaking a foreign language and that I am translating. As the translator, I choose to translate their words into contemporary English, showing speech patterns in a way that best reflects their thought patterns. Therefore, wizards and educated people will use technical or legal terms that may seem out of place, simply because that is the best way to translate what they are saying.

Summoner's Last Words

The last journal entry of the great sorcerer Corvidrex

Angle: Maria's Gallery

An ordinary person is drawn to strange paintings

Erin of Calway in the Elit Etherweb

The Erin stories are undergoing some major revisions. The story that was here before did not fit the rules of the new setting, and it was not that good anyway. I should have a fixed version up soon.

Angle: Holy Hand Grenade

An ordinary person sees hints of a bizarre world.

Erin of Calway 1: Border Child

Meet Erin The Great as a child in her home town of Calway, and see the people and places that helped shape her character.

Erin of Calway 5: Vanguard Rider

Observe Erin prepare for a journey that will cross the world.

After the Elves Fell

Being an Account of Rodrigo Lopez, decorated veteran of the Grand Zeron Army's successful war against the mysterious and aggressive Southern Elves:

Angle: Chemistry

Modern people are thrown into a bizarre situation.

Sniper Saint

This one is different from my other stories. Normally, I come up with an idea and then rattle it around the inside of my skull for a few weeks, taking off the rough edges and polishing it down to its essence. But at 3:00 AM on New Year's Day, in a guest room of my grandmother's house, I woke up from a dream. I knew that I had to write it down. I scrambled for paper. The only thing available was the back of 'Lucky When I Want To Be,' which I had printed off for my family members to read. I had intended to just take down notes, but I found that an entire story was being written down in rushed crabbed handwriting. There was no thought involved, just a transcription of the dream memory. The following is exactly what I wrote between 3:10 and 3:35 in the morning on January 1. The only thing I fixed was spelling. There are logical inconsistencies here, and odd usages of language. If you want to know why I wrote this the way I did, don't ask me. Ask my muse.

Angle: Summons

A modern person has a strange dream

Erin of Calway in the Elit Forest

The Erin stories are undergoing some major revisions. The story that was here before did not fit the rules of the new setting, and it was not that good anyway. I should have a fixed version up soon.

Saved by the Vampire

Meet Irene, a poor farm girl who is about to have her fate changed by a visitor in the night.

Erin of Calway 3: Growing Dragon

See how Erin's family must work with strangers to save her from impending doom.

Angle: The Long Straight Road

A modern person is thrown into a bizarre situation.

Angle: Textiles

A factory foreman recounts strange events

Erin of Calway 2: Unexpected Savior

Watch as Calway is threatened by a great force, and see the events that set Erin on the road to greatness.

The Black Monk Speaks

The Grand Temple of Zeron, home to worshipers of the entire pantheon, now hosts a new and disturbing sect of monks.

Angle: Ascension

An ordinary guy is surprised with a supernatural event.

Angle: State of Mind

A modern person is thrown into a bizarre situation.

Lucky When I Want To Be

What would you do if you developed minor but useful psychic powers? Where might they lead you? This story shows one possibility, or is it two?

How I Learned My Place

What would you do if you could leave this world and enter a land of beauty? The answer seems obvious, at first...

Angle: Meatballs

A homeless derelict encounters the supernatural

Erin of Calway: Prologue

Listen well, as Erin's father tells her of the history of their world.

Guardian of Order 1: Night of Revelation

An officer of the law learns of threats more dangerous and bizarre than he has ever dreamed of.

Angle: First Responder

An ordinary person sees hints of a bizarre world.

Erin of Calway 4: Seeker of Balance

Erin grows in magic while learning of the perils of her past and future.

The Firstborn Child

A tale of honor and love and promises

The Wizard's Lost Love

An apprentice wizard learns why magic users rarely find love.