Fiction on the Internet

The combination of inexpensive home computers, the Internet and the creativity of its users has led to new forms of fiction, such as interactive computer games or computer-generated comics. The Internet is also used for the development of blog fiction, where a story is delivered through a blog either as flash fiction or serial blog, and collaborative fiction, where a story is written sequentially by different authors, or the entire text can be revised by anyone using a wiki. The Internet has also had a major impact on the creation and distribution of fiction, calling into question the feasibility of copyright as a means to ensure royalties are paid to copyright holders. Also, digital libraries such as Project Gutenberg make public domain texts more readily available. Countless forums for fan fiction can be found online, where loyal followers of specific fictional realms create and distribute derivative stories.


Fiction Formats

Traditionally, fiction includes novels, short stories, fables, legends, myths, fairy-tales, epic and narrative poetry, plays (including operas, musicals, drams, puppet plays, and various kinds of theatrical dances). However, fiction may also encompass comic books, and many animated cartoons, stop motions, anime, manga, films, video games, radio programs, television programs (comedies and dramas), etc.

Types of literary fiction in prose include:

  • Short story: A work of at least 2,000 words but under 7,500 words. The boundary between a long short story and a novella is vague.
  • Novella: A work of at least 7,500 words but under 50,000 words. Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness (1899) is an example of a novella.
  • Novel: A work of 50,000 words or more.

An Overview of the History of Fiction

Fiction has come to encompass imaginative storytelling in any format, including writings, live performances, comics, films, television programs, animations, games (most notably, video games and role-playing games), and so on. In its narrowest traditional usage, fiction denotes any literary narrative including novels, novellas, short stories, and plays.

Fiction’s traditional opposite is non-fiction, a narrative work whose creator assumes responsibility for presenting only the historical and factual truth. The distinction between fiction and non-fiction however can be unclear in some recent artistic and literary movements, such as postmodern literature.

Characters and events within a fictional work may even be set in their own context entirely separate from the known universe: an independent fictional universe. A work of fiction implies the inventive act of worldbuilding, so its audience does not typically expect it to be totally faithful to the real world in presenting only characters who are actual people or descriptions that are factually true. Instead, the context of fiction, generally understood as not adhering precisely to the real world, is more open to interpretation.


The Poetic Prose of Whispering Mist

Whispering Mist may not be a literary masterpiece, because it’s not our place to make that assessment, but it certainly has literary aspirations, and below are three examples of how the author attempted to achieve that goal.

One of the things we liked the most about this novel is the author’s creative application of language. If you pay close attention, you’ll discover that the entire story is peppered with metaphors, similes, alliterations, personifications, and an attempt to lend the prose a sense of rhythm. Most fiction writers today don’t take the time or have the time to approach their material in such a way.

Another thing that sets this book apart is the author’s dedication to not only concise writing but precision when choosing the best word for a particular situation and/or character. Again, this approach takes time, and we applaud the end result in this particular case.

Finally, the central character and other primary characters in this novel may not constitute the greatest characters ever imagined, but the story is a bit more character driven than action driven. I mean, there’s plenty of action of epic proportions, but it all revolves around the central character of Rayna. However, the thing we loved about the action the most is its originality in the way the author crafted multiple layers of reality (as well as no long, boring sword fights where 10 good guys conquer 100 bad guys and only lose 1 good comrade in the process). In fact, these multiple dimensions only become clear in Book Three.

On the other hand, Whispering Mist is grounded in the tradition of Fantasy with the inclusion of beloved artifacts, such as intriguing secrets, magical creatures, exotic landscapes, unsolved mysteries, and the never-ending quest of finding the Holy Grail, which has embodied many cultural and spiritual incarnations, thank God.

The Table of Contents of “Thou Shalt Not Lie About Grants”

Hello again. Before we dive into the next serial installment of this book on nonprofit fundraising and organizational development, we thought it would help to give visitors a broad view of what this book has to offer. We already posted one installment from Chapter One, and then we received some feedback about including the Table of Contents, so here is:

INTRODUCTION Leaving the Temple -or- In the Beginning…                                  

CHAPTER ONE —  The Oracle of the IRS -or- How to Form a 501(c)3 Public Charity

CHAPTER TWO — The First Pot of Gold – or- The IRS Letter and All Its Benefits

CHAPTER THREE — Money Isn’t Manna from Heaven -or- Reality of the Nonprofit World

CHAPTER FOUR — Tithing Should Be the 10th Commandment -or- Stop Begging for Money         

CHAPTER FIVE — Yin & Yang -or- Some Important Differences

CHAPTER SIX — David & Goliath -or- Conquering Fundraising

CHAPTER SEVEN — Mapping Out Your Treasure Quest -or- The First Steps

CHAPTER EIGHT — Deadlines for Enlightenment -or- Chronology of Essential Information

CHAPTER NINE — Making Plans for Paradise -or- Creating a Two-Year Development Plan

CHAPTER TEN — The Treasure Chest -or- Budgets & Attachments—It’s Only Simple Math

CHAPTER ELEVEN — The Devil is in the Details -or- How to Write a Strong Proposal 

CHAPTER TWELVEReturning to the Temple -or- How to Smite Grant Scams

CONCLUSIONThe Lost Gospel -or- Words that Change the World

APPENDIXSamples of Key Documents



Thou Shalt Not Lie About Grants

I just released an e-book about nonprofit fundraising and organizational development. As a way of promoting it, I’m going to share some of the knowledge freely in the form of regular installments with social media outlets. Each post will follow the book’s sequence of chapters, starting with the Table of Contents. Each post will include a link to the website’s blog page, where you can read each complete installment. This serial method began in the mid-eighteenth century with fiction authors like Charles Dickens, and each installment back then appeared in certain magazines and/or newspapers. Obviously, things have changed since then. Enjoy . . .

“Whispering Mist” and its Originality

Whispering Mist is quite original and imaginative in various ways. First of all, it has original magical creatures, instead of the typical fare, like dragons and elves and goblins, etc. (although is does feature one unique witch). The thing that struck us the most was how creative the names are for the human characters, the magical beings, the cities and towns, buildings, mountains, trees, plants, bodies of water, animals, birds, fish and other non-magical creatures. When it came to the names of the characters in the story, the author cheated a bit by using a baby name book. The other thing we found fascinating and satisfying is how these unusual and creative names often fit what they’re naming phonetically. In the other words, the sound of the names, for us at least, would usually match the meaning of the name or word.