Monday, 11 November 2019

Poetry Monday: 'Evanescence' A Micropoetry Collection by Stewart Storrar - Lore Publication

Evanescence: A Micropoetry Collection

by Stewart Storrar



a lens flare that looks like an eclipse
Credit: geralt via Pixabay




Live


Look to the ashes of what once was,
then to the foundations of what needs to be.
Build from the past, towards the future,
And don't lose too much along the way.




Only


Time is a unique enigma,
A resource of life one can never get back,
Yet a resource of life one can fail to spend.
Human nature is to want more of what we cannot have,
Yet time is never wanted,
Only wasted.




Sought


The pattern of love,
And the pattern of madness,
Are one in the same.

The love that drives us mad,
Is akin to the nature of madness,
In the loss of that which we love.

This is the true nature of love and loss.




True


From the depths of the deepest ocean,
To the crest of the tallest mountain.
The heart of the world awaits,
For those who are lost to discover.









This collection was written by Stewart Storrar, the founder of Lore Publication. With a love for poetry that dates back years into his high school days, Stewart has always been a keen poet as well as a keen creative writer. This week for Poetry Monday, Lore decided to put out something new; rather than one poem, we decided to collate some of Stewart's micro poetry into one post - enjoy! 

If you are looking to get poetry featured here on Lore, be sure to contact Lore via our email address or social media to talk more about it!





Monday, 4 November 2019

Poetry Monday: Our Tales by Stewart Storrar - Lore Publication

 Our Tales

by Stewart Storrar


sun rising over a beautiful scenic mountain landscape above the clouds
Credit: Dan Fador via Pixabay





Is it not that our tales are twined in the essence of fate?

Or are we merely pawns on the universal chessboard of life?

Maybe. But,

Fear not,
For it is watchful.

You have been chosen,
As have we all.



Are our stories forever told and twined?
Or do we carve our path like a river through a landscape?


What is love, if not a feeling?

Perhaps…
You may consider…


Love to be all that you want, all that you need,
Simply realized.


Realized in its purest form.

Or, if you like,
Or, if it likes,

Love is realized,
In our tales told.






Our Tales is a poem written by Stewart Storrar, the founder of Lore Publication. With a love for poetry that dates back years into his high school days, Stewart has always been a keen poet as well as a keen creative writer. Two weeks ago, Stewart ran a poll on Lore Publication's Twitter account and  you all spoke out! You want to see weekly poetry here on Lore as well as our articles and short stories. With that in mind, this is the second poem published for our Poetry Monday segments here on the website blog! If you are looking to get poetry featured here on Lore, be sure to contact Lore via our email address or social media to talk more about it!

Currently Lore is accepting any kind of poetry from dark, gothic poems to light haerted love poems (and all the good stuff in between). Get submitting!

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

How To Get Rid of Writer's Block in 3 Quick Ways - Lore Publication

How To Get Rid of Writer's Block in 3 Quick Ways - Lore Publication


Hello! For those new here, Lore is a website dedicated to publishing quality works of fiction from talented writers all across the world for avid readers all across the world. Lore aims publish insightful media for insightful minds and for fiction we focus on bringing you horror, scifi, fantasy, mystery and thriller themed stories. Currently Lore primarily publishes free flash fiction and free short stories but we also occasionally publish resources to help writers refine their craft. These resources are usually articles such as writing tips for beginners, guides on writing styles, writing genres, and even lists of creative writing prompts.



Today Lore is publishing a short article on writer's block to help you on your writing journey. No matter if you are currently suffering from it or not, this short article will (hopefully) help you learn how to get rid of writer's block. The human mind is a wonderfully creative thing and there are writing tips and tricks to shunt you out of your block!




discarded, crumpled paper balls sitting on a counter next to a notepad
Image credit: steve_a_johnson via pixabay





Getting Rid of Writer's Block Method One: The Walk



The human mind is an enigma and it always has been. Thinking over all the wonderful things human beings have created, from Einstein's Theories to Shakespeare's Plays, it is a wonder that we still use so little of the human brain. In a fairly recent study back in 2014 by Stanford, human beings discovered that there is a link between creativity and creative thinking with walking. As trivial and unusual as this may seem, the connection seems to exist. While this article is far too short to go into the fine details of why this is the case, the study can be found here for your reading purposes. I have even found that most of my ideas or story development ideas come to me when I am out and about, either shopping or running errands!





Getting Rid of Writer's Block Method Two: Meditation

Meditation has long been a way for people all across the world to quiet their mind and find some form of inner peace. It is a wonderful practice that dates back thousands of years and while you may not know how to meditate, I have found one technique to be fairly useful. Firstly, you may be asking, how can this help break a writer's block? While meditiation does wonders to calm you, this may not necessarily break you from your block. However, writer's block tends to be produced when you get tunnel vision on a subject. With that in mind, trying to rid yourself of this tunnel vision may give you a new perspective or angle to tackle your story from. Meditation can help you centre yourself, almost as if hitting a reset button. This may also help you out of your tunnel vision and thus, help you past writer's block. It is certainly worth a try! Refer to this short video below that I found on YouTube to get you started on meditating. 





 





Getting Rid of Writer's Block Method Three: Skip It

Lastly, a more simply way to get past your writer's block is to skip this specific part of your story. This method may only work for people working on longer length novellas or novels but there are no rules here; there is nothing to say that this method may not work with shorter stories. For me, this is a method that has worked for me in the past while I have worked on my novels. Acutally, a few days ago when working on my new horror project, I used this method to skip ahead in the story. I knew where I wanted to go with the story and thus I wrote the next 'scene' or paragraph first. I then jumped back to the point I was suffering from writer's block to write that section. While it didn't break my block right away, it did help quicken the process I feel (as usually I can have writer's block for hours). In any case, as simple as it may sound, simple skipping ahead to the next section foy our story can work.







So there you have it folks! How to get rid of writer's block in 3 quick ways. While these methods may seem simple, having tried them myself, they have worked for me. As a professional freelancer, writing is how I make a living and writer's block can mean late delivery or (worst case scenario) no payment. When I stumble into writer's block, these are the methods that I use. All that being said, I hope these methods work for you and that you have a lovely day!

Monday, 28 October 2019

Poetry Monday: Burn by Sukanya Rajan - Lore Publication

Burn

by Sukanya Rajan



naked women posing for art photography with fire surrounding her in the shape of wings and a heart, perfect to depict the poem burn
Credit: comfreak via pixabay




I dance through the crimson fire,
The flames licking my body, 
Gyrating to a rhythmless dissonance,
The horizon is ablaze, 
And a mere touch becomes a conflagration.

Through the clouds, 
Terra firma and the,
Limitless expanse of unsuspecting,
Tranquil water,
Your breath fanning my flames, 
I’m trapped in my own inferno. 

Everything I see is charred,
And the flames slowly die down,
An assemblage of thoughts flood my quietude,
 Leaving me with a question- 


Did my soul ignite the fire? 


Or was my soul ignited by it?


Nonetheless, a pyrrhic victory.


Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Exploring SciFi Tropes: Planning An Alien Invasion by B.K. Bass - Lore Publication

Exploring SciFi Tropes


Hello and welcome to Lore Publication, a place where you can find insightful media for insightful minds. While Lore publishes short stories, writing prompts and flash fiction, we do occasionally publish articles related to the subjects of writing and books; we love all things literary! Today we have a treat for all you readers out there; the first guest article on Lore. If we could give out a medal for alien invasion books here at Lore, Bass would certainly be a winner with his wonderfully imaginative novel What Once Was Home. Without further ado, learn a bit more about the world and the book from the author himself!
 


Planning an Alien Invasion: A Guest Article From B.K. Bass


On Monday, Lore Publication posted a review by founder Stewart Storrar of my upcoming novel, What Once Was Home. The book is a post-apocalyptic science fiction tale that looks at what might occur during an alien invasion and the aftermath. In his review, Stewart had this to say about the invasion:

“Then we have where Bass shines; the alien antagonist. The aliens and how Bass has written them in this book is by far the most enjoyable and strongest aspect of the book. Having an alien invader that is both dangerous and fragile is a hard thing to do but Bass nailed it by having the aliens fragile as individuals but a force to be reckoned with in large groups. The conscious choice to have the aliens dehumanized in this book leads our main characters and us as readers into complex moral dilemmas later on in the book; moral dilemmas that aid in fleshing out both the protagonists and antagonists.”

From his review, I feel Stewart would agree that the “alien invasion” trope tends to lead to stories that focus more on action, are unrealistic, and eschew deep thought. I’m a fan of the genre and the trope, and have enjoyed a large number of books and films that employ them. Despite this, I must agree with Stewart.

So, how did the premise of an alien invasion turn into a story that tackled morality?

From the outset, I wanted to tackle deeper themes in this book. Often when one devises a plot, that becomes what the book is about. What Once Was Home isn’t about an alien invasion, it’s about the challenge of retaining one’s moral integrity in the face of impossible decisions. The invasion, and all that follows, is merely the setting for this exploration.

So, how does one plan an alien invasion so it might provide a vehicle to propel the deeper themes of a novel? As I mentioned, the first step was to set a focus on the theme, then build around that. I think realism is another key factor. You need to curate a certain suspension of disbelief in your reader if you want them to see past the situation presented to the themes that lie beneath. How did I accomplish this? Mostly, by not doing what Stewart says is his biggest complaint with the alien invasion trope:

“My hanging criticism of alien invasion stories is how humans still, through some miracle, win against these odds with no regard for how realistic (I use that word loosely here) winning would be.”

So, what was my answer to this? The next sentence might sound like a spoiler, but you’ll have to trust me that it isn’t. My answer to that problem was that humanity does not win. The main body of the novel takes place in a world where the aliens have occupied much of the planet, and the remnants of humanity struggle to survive this new paradigm.

Stewart has also mentioned the realism of the aliens themselves, and their dehumanization. The aliens in What Once Were Home are tough, but not invincible. They struggle with Earth’s gravity since it’s stronger than that of their own home. They have advanced technology that enables them to decimate humanity overnight, but not so powerful that they can exterminate us as easily. Just as humanity must learn to live on a world occupied by another dominant species, so too must the aliens learn to live on a world infested by humanity.

Yes, I said infested. That’s the last piece of the puzzle here: dehumanization. The aliens never attempt to communicate, and through a small interaction that does take place it’s made clear their physiology most likely eliminates the possibility of spoken dialogue. Humanity is hunted by them, and we hunt them back. We don’t know what the aliens call themselves, so we call them “twigs.” This is meant to be reminiscent of soldiers in Vietnam who fought “Charlie,” and those in Europe during the world wars who fought “krauts.” We dehumanize our human enemies to make the act of killing more palatable to the average soldier. So, it wasn’t a far leap to do the same for an alien invader.

But, I also dehumanized humanity in the novel. The aliens hunt us down, push us aside, and when we are out of the way; they ignore us. The “twigs” might have a similar derogatory term for humanity, but we may never know what that is. We see them as an infestation to be wiped from the planet, but they see us in the same light.

The real question is, when we come face to face with our foe and look them in the eye, are they really that different from us? Are they fighting for the same thing we are: a home?


About the Author: B.K. Bass


B.K. Bass is an author of science fiction, fantasy, and horror inspired by the pulp fiction magazines of the early 20th century and classic speculative fiction. He is a student of history with a particular focus on the ancient, classical, and medieval eras. He has a lifetime of experience with a specialization in business management and human relations and served in the U.S. Army. B.K. is also the Acquisitions Director for Kyanite Publishing, the Editor-in-Chief of the Kyanite Press journal of speculative fiction, and the Writing Department Chair for Worldbuilding Magazine. You can find out more about B.K. at https://bkbass.com.

Monday, 21 October 2019

What Once Was Home by B.K. Bass - A Book Review

What Once Was Home

A Book Review

The Cover Page

THIS IS A SPOILER FREE REVIEW

What Once Was Home by B.K. Bass, described in a nutshell, is a wonderfully imaginative science fiction title with a survival twist. Akin to post-apocalyptic titles such as titles from The Walking Dead universe or the Halo universe, this book really drove home the apocalyptic themes of dread and dismay in its opening chapters.

Beginning with an alien invasion seems to assign this book a certain genre convention that is hard to tackle. Alien invasions, in general, are almost often followed by the doom and gloom of far superior technology; pitting humans against almost insurmountable odds. My hanging criticism of alien invasion stories is how humans still, through some miracle, win against these odds with no regard for how realistic (I use that word loosely here) winning would be. Instead of What Once Was Home following with this trope, B.K. Bass has written an interesting spin on this trope that - in my opinion - works for this story.

The book begins by introducing us to our lead character in a distant future; an old, war torn Jace. Immediately after this introduction, I imagined that the book would focus on the aftermath of an alien invasion that had been won; giving more attention to factions of warring humans opposed to the invasion itself. This was an opinion I held through the opening Prologue but an opinion that was quickly shattered by the introduction of Jace at a very young age. This was something about the book I was not a huge fan of as, for me personally, it expelled all concern I would have for Jace's fate throughout the story. Right from the start of the book, we know Jace must survive in order to be an old man. This fact about the story was only strengthened by each chapter opening with autobiography segments from a book Jace would go on to write at a later age. 

Focussing more on these segments, overall, I enjoyed them. These sections, while reinforcing that Jace survives throughout the book, help set up storyline expectations for each chapter. This worked in favour for Bass as it allowed for him to shatter these expectations and write in plot twists throughout each chapter while laying seeds for story arcs later in the book. These segments help to fuel a burning desire to learn how the plot points of the chapter play out, opposed to the norm of wondering what each plot point of a chapter will be. In this sense the segments and the chapter titles work in unison to fuel this desire to know how rather than to know what. 

What Once Was Home can be praised for getting us right into the action come Chapter One. I like how Bass writes in terms of descriptions and how the story is told. However, the pace of the book is inconsistent chapter to chapter and the book moves too quickly from one scenario to the next for my own liking. For example, the time jumps early on in the book's chapters are fairly large compared to the time jumps between chapters later on. This quick pacing of the story also make some parts of the story feel told, rather than shown. To me, I feel as if this can take away from the character development in the sense that the readers need to be shown characters as much as they are told about them by the writer. This is only a slight criticism and by no way deducts from the enjoyability of the book in any major way.

Expanding upon the tell not show criticism, the book can feel narrated at times which can conflict with the 'live action' sequences written into the novel. However, this narration style works in conjunction very well with the autobiography segments. In this sense it makes the book feel as if a person is telling it which is the general vibe I get from the book at certain points.

Talking about the main charater, Jace, for a moment, he is well written, well described and follows certain tropes expected of a character of his calibre. He is consistently portrayed as an ultimate good which can be a bit cliché at times but stays consistent with his character profile that Bass has built up. The only thing about the character that I dislike is that it took me a bit of a stretch of the imagination at the initial introduction of Jace at such a young age. While the things Jace does in the earlier chapters are doable by a fourteen year old, I felt as if fourteen was too young of an age for the things he did and the things that occurred to him to be realistic. One example being Jace's interaction with the military during the opening chapters. 

Then we have where Bass shines; the alien antagonist. The aliens and how Bass has written them in this book is by far the most enjoyable and strongest aspect of the book. Having an alien invader that is both dangerous and fragile is a hard thing to do but Bass nailed it by having the aliens fragile as individuals but a force to be reckoned with in large groups. The conscious choice to have the aliens dehumanized in this book leads our main characters and us as readers into complex moral dilemmas later on in the book; moral dilemmas that aid in fleshing out both the protagonists and antagonists.

Our main antagonist, besides the alien threat, is a human we meet later on in the storyline. I was not a huge fan of how this human was introduced as their introduction felt a tad rushed and their backstory - I felt - needed another chapter or two to flesh them out accordingly. The main antagonist also falls victim to the cliché of being portrayed as an ultimate bad and due to how this character was introduced as well as how their backstory was handled, I struggled to connect with the character on a human level. While Bass succeeded in creating a villian that is the hero of their own story, I feel that he needed to delve deeper into who this character is and allow us as readers to get to know the character much better. My main criticism of the villian being that the character played into clichés and this stole away from building him up as a complex character.

To summarize, this book is an enjoyable read and a must read for any fans of the science fiction or science fantasy genres. Any fans of post-apocalyptic stories will also find a homage between the pages of What Once Was Home. I'd love to bring to the forefront the accuracy and niche knowledge of military based jargon and tactics that Bass brought to the book; this was a nice addition. However, the book does fall short when it comes to representation as there were no LGBT+ characters or strong female characters. All of the main leads, be in protagonist or antagonist, were male. I can also see this book being the first in a series to flesh out lore and characters as it does a very neat job of worldbuilding. Overall, certainly worth a read and can't wait to pick up another title from Bass!

What Once Was Home will be available for purchase on and after 25th October 2019 from Kyanite Publishing here.


Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Dream Party: A Free Flash Fiction (Horror) - Lore Publication

Dream Party: A Free Flash Fiction (Horror)

Hello and welcome to Lore Publication. Lore Publication is an online literary magazine or literary publication that publishes free short stories and free flash fiction. We also occasionally publish resources to help writers develop the craft such as writing tips and writing techniques too! In terms of fiction, we publish works of science fiction (scifi), horror, fantasy, mystery and thriller. We do consider a mix of these genres or sub-genres of these categories, so consider the categories a rough guideline for what we like to publish. Our mission is to give writers a platform to share their work and give readers free content for their reading needs! Just as free ebooks allow readers access to quality work without burning a hole in the wallet, our stories do the same thing! Lore is a community of writers and readers alike! With all that said, enjoy our latest publication.

Today we have a horror story to capture your imaginations. Based loosely on a true story, Dream Party was submitted to Lore by talented writer Christa Wojciechowski. Enjoy! 👀


Image credit: Alexas_Fotos via Pixabay


Trees droop in front of the warm light coming from inside the party. Her date rounds the car and takes her hand. He is handsome in his tuxedo, but she is the one that sparkles in beads the color of gold dust. He is a black, wooden stand for a fine piece of china.

The hostess welcomes them, a fair woman whose face is beautiful in its austerity. The room is full of tobacco smoke and murmurs in champagne breath. Canapes appear on their palms. Cocktails rimmed with rock sugar are slipped between their fingers.

Her date is whisked away, and she is forced to mingle on her own. She drinks more than she should and becomes unsteady in her glittering shoes.

“It’s time to be seated,” the hostess announces.

The guests seek out their place cards. She’s assigned next to an obnoxious man who rambles. He claims to have extraordinary powers. He’s a hypnotist, he says, but he doesn’t deal with trifles like quitting smoking or losing weight. No, he helps people process trauma from their past lives.

“You seem intuitive,” he says. “Don’t you sense the negative aura about this place?”

“No, I don’t.”

“A dark energy?”

“I feel quite the opposite. This is like a dream.”

“I can’t tolerate the blackness for very long.” He massages his temples. “Do you know the doctor?”

“Yes,” she says, the hostess’s husband, the old man with dementia. “He was a neurosurgeon back in Germany.”

“Yes, but do you know who he worked for?” He pauses and moves in closer to whisper, “The Nazis. He’s a hypnotist, like me, but he used his talent to anesthetize people, put them into a trance for experiments... amputations... euthanizations.” She’s tipsy now and openly laughs at him,
“Nonsense. He’s harmless.”  
“He’s evil. He pretends not to remember, but I know he does.” She never thinks about her heritage, but the absurd gossip unnerves her. 

She turns away from the man and to enter the others’ conversation. Her legs are numb from sitting. She grabs her date’s hand under the table and squeezes. The waiter never lets her drink fall past the middle. She prays dinner is over soon or she’ll have to be carried out. 

After dessert, she visits the hostess’s table to say goodnight. She tells the woman how much she enjoyed the atmosphere. Then she pays her respects to the doctor. Knowing he wouldn’t remember her, she reaches out and introduces herself. As soon as he grabs her hand, his milky eyes focus. He clamps her wrist and counts down, 
“Three, two, one… Wake!”

The party liquefies, churns into a new scene — a stark white room filled with men in stiff uniforms. The doctor’s blue eyes blaze in front of her. She looks down to where he pins her wrist against the armrest of her wheelchair.
There was never a cocktail dress, only a hospital gown. There were no glittering shoes. There are no legs now either. 

Only pain.






Writer Information - Before You Go!


This creepy edition of flash fiction ‘Dream Party’ was written by Christa Wojciechowsk. You can find the author's website here where she has her other dark fiction; including books for sale. Christa also offers services, all the details can be found on her site. You can also follow her over on Twitter here.

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Saturday, 7 September 2019

The Oracular of Aetius: A Free Flash Fiction (Horror) - Lore Publication

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Thursday, 29 August 2019

A Diamond Among The Rough: A Free Flash Fiction (Science Fiction) - Lore Publication

A Diamond Among The Rough: A Free Flash Fiction (Science Fiction) 

 

Welcome to Lore Publication, a place to find free short stories and free flash fictions for all your reading needs! We publish horror, science fiction, fantasy, thriller and mystery themed stories and invite you to join us and support our writers. We pride ourselves on bringing you thought provoking fiction at no cost at all; free reading for the avid bookworm.We realize that not everybody can afford new ebooks and free ebooks are a way of combating this problem. Our free stories are no different! Today we are publishing A Diamond Among The Rough, an urban science fantasy fiction story! This story was origianlly submitted to Lore Publication for our launch competition and was selected as the Grand Winner from all the entries. With the launch of Lore Publication on blogger, it is now free to read right here as it was on Medium! With all that said, enjoy! 😄


Image credit: George Hodan