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Flash Fiction Fantasy Humor


The Guard by Dorlana Vann It felt as if the castle walls were closing in on me. With each passing moment, my eyes grew heavier, as did my head, as I struggled to keep watch. But my thoughts must be enough to keep me awake till dawn, for the dragon had escaped its chains and …

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The Frog Prince + Merlin the Magician = Weeping Lake (a fairy tale inspired short story)


Weeping Lake by Dorlana Vann Vivian stood beside of the lake. Her bright hair waved like the water as the wind graciously blew in from the south. She inhaled and then looked down at her newly acquired engagement ring. She had said yes, but she knew that wasn’t what she meant. Everyone had been there, …

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Short Story (Dark Fantasy) Inspired by The Little Mermaid


This short story was originally published in the online fairy tale magazine, Enchanted Conversation . It is included in my fairy tale inspired paranormal short story collection: Supernatural Fairy Tales. His Soul Inspiration by Dorlana Vann “Have you read this?” My husband, Philip, held the book of fairy tales I had bought from a used bookstore for my niece’s …

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The Gift (Inspired by The Ghost of Christmas Past)


Before I started writing my short story, The Gift, I knew the inspiration: The Ghost of Christmas Past from “A Christmas Carol” the genre: western with a touch of steampunk, and I even knew how I wanted it to end. But I was stuck, stalled right at the beginning. So my daughter suggested that I …

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Story Time – TBT short story (A fairy tale)


Here’s my TBT short story – I’m really not sure when I wrote it (before 2010) and it wasn’t one that was inspired by a classic fairy tale but is my own fairy tale. The Kingdom of Pillars by Dorlana Vann “I didn’t do anything!” “Do you want father’s wings to be taken off? Is that what you want? You …

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Writing Diary #7 & a Short Story


Now that the first book in my Trouble with Men series has launched I can focus more on my other projects. I’ve been working on the edits I received from my editor for book 2, The Trouble with Scarecrows, and I’m also working on the 2nd draft of my YA fairy tale inspired novel – …

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Short story for Halloween: Hell’s Kitchen


 This is one of my stranger short stories from some years back, and I thought it would be fun to post it for Halloween. It’s a dark, quirky, moody tale of two men who walk a fine line between good/evil, sanity/madness.  Hell’s Kitchen By Dorlana Vann Part I – The Body I watched as a guy in …

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