5 Fantastical European Locations

  Sometimes when you’re dreaming up locations for your writings or just have a case of writers block looking at real world locations can give you much needed inspiration.  To that end I’ve found five places in Europe that have an almost fantastical appearance.  All of these are real places that anyone can visit but…

Tricks and Traps – Part 4

  By Alexander Ballard Published February 13, 2014 A few days late but its ready at last. Tricks and Traps – Part 4 Down and out, desperate and poor, however you wanted to describe the people who lived in the Hive it wasn’t a compliment.  No one lived there if they could avoid it.  It was a…

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Tricks and Traps – Part 3

  By Alexander Ballard Published February 02, 2014 As always I encourage people comment, criticize,  and suggest directions for the story. Tricks and Traps – Part 3 Closed curtains kept out the worst of the mid-afternoon light, but there were still long lingering lines that penetrated the darkness with overly bright sunshine.  Not bothering to…

Review: The Einstein Intersection

The Einstein Intersection by Samuel R. Delany My rating: 1 of 5 stars I gave this book the best chance I could but in the end I found it completely unreadable. The writing style was confusing at best. And it might have just been my copy or the they way it was written but it…

Tricks and Traps – Part 2

    By Alexander Ballard Published January 28, 2014   A little later then I had planned but here is part 2.  Feel free post your comments and story suggestions. Tricks and Traps – Part 2 Beer and Pad Thai served from a roadside cart the finest 3am dining in the golden crescent. The night…

Review: Soulless

Soulless by Gail Carriger My rating: 4 of 5 stars Vampires, werewolves, and octopi why I never. If you are expecting the typical vampire and werewolf novel then you are in for a surprise. Soulless is nothing less than a laugh out loud romantic comedy set in an alternate version of Victorian London. It’s the…

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Tricks and Traps – Part 1

By Alexander Ballard Published January 20, 2014 I’ve decided to do something a little different this week.  Instead of just writing something random every Monday.  I’m going try my handing at a novella set in the world from the Prey short story I wrote last year.  Each week I’m going to post a new part…