Letters of Fire

May 19, 2011 at 7:13 am (Stories online)

More revision news later today (now with more CAPSLOCK!), but right now I’ve got something more important and much more enjoyable: a new story!

“Letters of Fire” is now up at Beneath Ceaseless Skies. It’s about a lot of things — the transition from a fantasy world to an industrial fantasy world, very dysfunctional relationships, on-the-job training — but I think it’s mainly about deciding who to be.  I’m very proud of it, and I hope you enjoy it too.

They burned his master’s body at dawn. It was a far graver ceremony than Marten had expected: none of the howling mobs that Jana had predicted, no pointed mutilation of the body, not even a grand speech from the Bull lamenting the necessity of this death.


  1. Rabbi Rachel Barenblat said,

    Oh, wow; that is an awesome story!

    • mlronald said,

      Thank you! I’m so glad you like it.

  2. MJG said,

    I enjoyed it a lot- though I don’t really understand the title.

    • mlronald said,

      I’d thought of it as Marten’s master being egotistical about the impact he and other alchemages had on the world — that they were so great that their history should be written in letters of fire. Or you could just take it as an example of how I’m crap at coming up with good titles. (Seriously, I’m terrible at it. Joke titles for an early draft are fine, but when I have to change it for the final draft, I’m always stuck.)

      Glad you enjoyed the story!

  3. JCR said,

    Excellent story! Great job setting up a new world that’s now constructing itself in my imagination. Couldn’t be better.

    • mlronald said,

      Thanks! There’s so much about this world that I like, and this just came from figuring out how it would fit together. It kind of snuck up on me.

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