>The City of the Amazons

>This city stands on the fringes of a desert. It is a terrible location, and indeed some say that it was chosen as a characteristic test of strength by these most Spartan women, whose role in their society is akin to the traditional role of men.

There are many myths about the Amazons. The belief that they charge into battle naked, for example, is based on work which is now considered unreliable: the tome Seriously You Guys, You Could Totally See Their Boobs.

Other false beliefs may be true tales of other, more obscure groups:

  • That they have no men, growing like fruit from trees.
  • That all their men are born cripples, or that male children’s legs are broken at birth, or that healthy boy-children are left for the wolves and only the crippled kept.
  • That they can bear no male children, and so must steal them (which is said to account for their warlike nature).
  • That they are not women, but have no gender; like insects, the queen is the only true woman, and the mother of them all.

Two-Fisted Tweets

I’ve just put out an ebook, called Two-Fisted Tweets. You can get it for free here(it says 99c on the cover, but it’s free). It has 30 mostly humorous stories, including fantasy, science-fiction and horror. Each story is less than 140 characters long (the length of a Twitter tweet).

BookFetish has just done a review. They gave it four and a half stars, and say that

Not since Scott Huot and GW Brazier’s Not Proud: A Smorgasbord of Shame and Rachel Fershleiser and Larry Smith’s Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure, has so few words, said so much…Though short in length, Two-Fisted Tweets is long on creative wit and humor that will have you laughing well after the final line has been read.

The full review is here.

>The Celestial Realm

>The Celestial Realm is the Telelelene term for all places beyond the sky, excluding the Moon and other planets.

It should be noted that the world is not a spherical planet, but rather is a flat ‘sheet’. It is not known what lies at its edges (if any), or below the underworld. All other planets, so far as is known, are the spherical shape familiar to us.

Inhabitants of the Celestial Realm include Perverse Space Brains and Silicate Spiders, as well as space-craft crewed by pirates, traders, and explorers. Although most of their number are species unknown in Teleleli, there are some planets whose inhabitants are human or related kindred.

Dwarvish craft usually resemble a huge, heavily-armoured helmet. An ‘arm’ holding a hammer often extends from the top of the craft. It is operated by ropes, reminding one of church bell-ringers.

The dragonfly-like craft of the elves rely on speed and maneuverability.

Craft built (or built and grown, since they are partly organic) to halfling design resemble a hill, with houses set inside in the manner of halfling villages. They defend themselves by exuding intoxicating smoke, which resembles a stronger version of Pipe-Weed, through the chimneys.

Celestial craft built by gnomes resemble a gigantic statue, diving suit, or suit of armour, and rely on speed and their thick hulls.

Craft built by humans have varied designs, but often resemble ships or castles.

The Celestial Realm is a wild and lawless place, but some protection is provided by the Rocket Rangers of the Galaxy. This group, whose formal name is the Rocket Corps Mega-Patrol, may be recognised by their distinctive red tunics and wide-brimmed hats. They patrol on rocket-horses, righting wrongs and apprehending evil-doers. Their spacesuits require less heating than those of other beings, due to the extreme cold of their home planet.