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ELF: What is one of your hobbies and how has it enriched your writing?
DCF: I would say this to any writer from any background, with the utmost sincerity: search up a Dungeons and Dragons character generator, learn how characters are created (it takes 10 minutes), and then make your protagonist. You will learn so much about your character just from that. What minor skills do they have? What is their ethical alignment? Do they have hobbies? You may never write about some of these things, but you’ll be amazed how it shapes your approach to the writing process. I’ve been very lucky to have a core group of people close to me to play with my entire adult life, and The Singer and the Charlatan is a product of one such campaign. The fully-realized world, the dialogue and banter each having distinct and separate voices - I can’t take credit for any of that. I was able to watch these characters played by someone else for years. I know them like friends, I know how they talk, and I know how they interact with each other. In that regard, I’ve had a rare opportunity like few other writers can have. These characters aren’t forced to fit a narrative, or to act out of character. They’re not filtered through my own experiences and biases. I don’t have to compromise. It’s a wonderful feeling. I can’t tell you how great roleplaying has made my writing.
The Singer and the Charlatan
by D.C. Fergerson
Leanna Moonbody dreams of playing at the Saul Amphitheater. With just one adventure to fund her trip, she meets up with a priestess that dreams of a massive flock to take on a pilgrimage. Together, Leanna will set up the crowds, and Priestess Trixi will bring them to Our Lord.
With an elf, dwarf, rogue, pixie and a paladin on their side, they set out to realize both their dreams. They just have to maneuver past a lovesick noble, the clergy, a deranged halfling that can’t seem to die, and a plague.
What could possibly go wrong?
“Ooh, this is exciting,” Leanna said with a smile, grabbing up Tear and Jonathan’s hands.
With the circle complete, Trixi looked to the ceiling.
“Lord. Oh, Lord, who is great and true. Take this offering of Form R226 and whatever leftovers we have here from dinner. Commune with me so that I may be a better Fawnspear, walking the path of truth. May it be really, really funny.”
With that, the scroll burned away before their eyes. Then, nothing. The silence became awkward.
“Did it not work?” Jonathan asked.
“Quiet,” Trixi demanded, turning her ear to the table.
The faint sound of terribly boring music filled the space all around the table. Any old ear would think it came from the building next door, but the trained ear of a Thistlite knew better. She listened to the song for a moment with her eyes closed.
Leanna joined in, leaning in to try and make out the tune. Suddenly, a loud voice spoke out, scaring her so bad she almost fell out of her chair.
“Our Lord is currently speaking with another faithful! You are very important to Our Lord! Your prayer shall be heard in the order it was received!”
Leanna broke the circle. “Oh, come on! Why did that have to be the loud part?”
“Leanna, you must be quiet,” Trixi whispered. “I’m sure he’ll be here soon.”
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An avid reader, fantasy gamer, humorist, husband, and father. I wear a lot of hats, some of them terribly silly, with feathers and such. I’ve channeled years Dungeons and Dragons campaigns and late-night stand-up comics into a series full of wit, charm, magic, and laughs.
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