Once Upon A Time…

...there was a headstrong fairy princess and a frog with an axe.
But that's another story.

My name is Dawn Metcalf and I write dark, quirky and sometimes humorous speculative fiction. My debut novel, LUMINOUS, is a YA paranormal fantasy about a Latina-American superheroine who can change her skin. The Twixt series, including INDELIBLE, INVISIBLE, INSIDIOUS and INVINCIBLE is just your average fairy tale about a guy and a girl, a deadly mistake, a number of sharp, pointy objects and a plot to end the Age of Mankind.

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Character Spotlight: Dryads

As the New Year dawns, I am watching the weather and the bare trees and the hard ground, remembering spring. I've always loved the mythology around the changing seasons, but when I was delving into imagery for the Folk of the Twixt, my key memory was from my first set of beloved graphic novels: the Elfquest saga by Wendy and Richard Pini.

Richly detailed with sweeping, gorgeous art, this world-within-worlds within a What-If "re-history" of humankind swept me away and push all my buttons for character development, storytelling, graphic arts, cultural world-building and redefined what I thought to be an "elf" (which previously belonged firmly in the realm of either Santa Clause or Tolkien). These scrappy, survivalist, wolf-riding, pleasure-loving warriors completely undid me and ever since "Sorrow's End" has hooked me for the ride.

It's always wonderful to celebrate the new year by revisiting some of the best things from the past--so here's to looking both forward and back!

Shade and Sweet Water!

Inspiration of the Week: Alice Finch

Whether it's Rivendell, Hogwarts or The Isle of Berk, *no one* rules the brick like Alice Finch. Her incredible renderings take thousands of Legos and countless hours with a creative flair for details that is truly out of the world. Her and her partner, David Frank, are "brick artsists" who lovingly translate some of the most fantastic locations from around the world--both the real and imagined--into chunky, colorful art that you'd have to see to believe! (And believe me, I hope to check out some of these in person some day!)

This, my friends, is where the word "fan" comes from!

Click around her Flickr page or any of the links above to get inspired. ;-)

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