Fall 2017 Flash Fiction Contest Winners

Here are the winning stories from F-BOM’s Fall 2017 flash fiction contest, Magic Always Has A Price, judged by Intisar Khanani. Did you miss the contest this quarter? Our next topic will be revealed in February, during our interview with Sharolyn G. Brown. Follow us on Facebook for updates. Click here for submission guidelines. First place:  The… Read More

Dealing with Dragons Review

When I was told that Patricia Wrede‘s Dealing with Dragons book had knights, dragons, princesses, talking frogs, wizards, and witches in it, I probably made a weird, scrunched up face. It sounds like the typical damsel in distress (and there are some of them in the story) in a fantasy setting. But Dealing with Dragons is not quite… Read More

Women, Armor, and Magic the Gathering

I did a lot of researching for this post. What I was looking for were opinions on Magic: The Gathering’s representation of women. Because there are so many cards, I was hoping to find a perspective from someone who has been playing the game for awhile and who knows almost all of them. I only… Read More

How I Proposed to my Boyfriend

On September 1st I proposed to my boyfriend, and he said yes! (squeals and hugs self). I had been thinking of doing it for a long time. Like a lot of millennial women I question tradition and how gender roles have and should change as we move forward as a society. I think my constant questioning is what… Read More

Magic versus Reality: Which is more real?

Fiction is not real by definition, but what kind of fiction speaks more truthfully to you as a reader? As a teenager I wished dearly to be transported into Anne McAffrey’s Pern, Tolkien’s Middle Earth, Robert Jordan’s Two Rivers, and so on. I wanted to be somewhere not boring and not ordinary. Now I am drawn to historical fiction… Read More