Vexed and perplexed


I’m intending to publish an ebook with my poem ‘Telelee’ (along with the aleady-published stories and poems set in the city, and a new story) as soon as I can. I actually finished the poem long ago, but I was trying to get it published in magazines, one of the places I sent it to seems to have ceased publication…anyway, a whole lot of delays.

I was hoping to use part of the above picture as the cover art. But I can’t find a version of the picture big enough (ebook covers should be about 1600 by 2400 pixels).

I’ve looked for other pictures, but I can’t find anything that seems right (and is big enough). So I’ve decided to ask you all for help.

What do you think the cover should have? A character? A cityscape like the one above? Something else? Can you give me the location of any actual artwork I could use (obviously it has to be public domain)? If not, just an idea of what you’d like to see would be helpful.

Never Mind the Trollocs

I recently started reading the Wheel of Time series- another major 90s fantasy series that I missed out on at the time.

It’s quite good, but there are bestial humanoid hordes called Trollocs.

Honestly, if you want to give them an original name, I’m pretty sure you could think of something better. To me it’s much worse than just calling them ‘trolls’, because it sounds like you made an effort and this is the best you can do.

It doesn’t even make sense from an ‘intellectual property’ point of view: I doubt you can claim ownership of the idea of removing one letter from ‘troll-orc’.

This sort of thing is surprisingly common. D&D has ‘worgs’- giant wolves that are totally not wargs- and World of Warcraft has taurens, bull-headed humanoids that are totally not minotaurs.