I grew up reading the works of Robert E. Howard, Michael Moorcock, and Fritz Leiber. Their writing instilled in me a love of Sword and Sorcery fiction that has never died. Sadly, Sword and Sorcery has become a somewhat neglected genre over the past few decades, and I don't see it having much of a resurgence any time soon. Most of the things that I'm seeing are smaller independent efforts like Steve Dilks' Gunthar series. So I've been doing some writing lately and decided to write some of my own. It's derivative and hackneyed, but I'm not sure that I care. I'm having fun writing again, and in my mind that's what counts. I decided to post the beginning of one of my stories here. The story is finished, but I'm still editing it (I write like I paint, nothing is ever done), and perhaps I'll post the rest of it in pieces over several consecutive Fridays.
So there you go, a sample of my derivative and cliched work, but I had fun writing it, and it gave me an excuse to draw another picture. I guess the good news is that not many people actually read this blog. :-)