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No invisibility cloak here!

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Good Monday, Today I feel like being vulnerable with you - not an urge many of us get often - so thought I would share with you a look into my writing mind.  Throughout the lockdown period, and now during post-lockdown, I have been trying desperately to get out of my three-year creative/writing slump. Just over a month ago, on the 8th August 2020, I attempted an exercise (having already tried others) to stimulate a breakthrough.  This task involved keeping a notepad page open (either a virtual or physical one) and writing every single thought that came into my head during a writing task. I wasn’t able to write creatively, so I worked on details for the characters in one of my previous novel ideas instead. The exercise lasted a total of 46 minutes and I have posted the results below.  Please enjoy the unedited ramblings of a strained writer’s mind! Exercise Results: 21:14 -  Thinking of how old Jonathan should be -  if Thom is 62 and William is 63 then Jonathan's brother, Zachary, i

Where does the time go? Think the boggart drugged my tea with sleeping draught!

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 Hello readers, Where have the past 14 days gone? Seems time is just flying by during this pandemic - fingers crossed next year is better!  Last week was mine and my partner’s 9 year anniversary and so we both took the week off of work. We were meant to go to London for a few days to visit most of the museums (neither of us have been since we were children) as we are huge history fans.  Instead, we spent most of one of the days at Avebury which is full of Neolithic sites (standing stones, Silsbury hill, barrows etc.) and then spent the rest of the week relaxing.  I took a break from my journey to becoming a fantasy expert in order to enjoy the time I had with my partner and our two spaniels. However, I am now getting back on track and have uploaded the second part of my ‘publishers who work with fantasy writers’ which you can find at the top of this blog! I have listed over 30 journals, magazine and e-zines (online magazines) with basic information on each so that you can see which mig

Time for an update!

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Hey, again! After nine days of research (as well as working and reading, etc.) I have finally uploaded my accumulated list of publishing houses that work with fantasy writers. You can find it at the top of this blog! There are over 50 publishers listed on there with basic information on each, so you can see which might be relevant or of interest to yourself, as well as the links to each publishers’ website. Next to do on my list for the following few days or so is to research into the publishing magazines, journals, and e-zines (online magazines) that also work with fantasy writers. I also finished reading  The Salem Witch Society  by K.N. Shields (for the second time) yesterday and, although it is a very good read, I would not agree that it is part of the fantasy genre. It is, for the most part, a crime novel with a villain who has an obsession with witches and the occult/supernatural. However, there is nothing magic or demonic that happens (that cannot be explained away with logic)

I'm back from summer Camp (NaNo)! Time to unpack ...

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Hey, there! I am back from participating in the month long challenge of Camp NaNoWrimo - for more information on this see my previous post  ‘Packing for summer Camp (NaNo)! Now, where’s that house-elf?’. Unfortunately, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the current mental health crisis, my work from home job, and a few personal complications, I did not manage to write any words last month. However, I was able to use that time instead to think about, re-evaluate, and consider a lot of aboutnmy writing life and projects. Here is an overview of all the thoughts and decisions I made during the last month (in no particular order): 1. I am planning on writing and submitting short stories for publication soon to continue to build my writing portfolio. Keep an eye out for future submission announcements! 2. During the last month, I got went through my collection of my previous fantasy ideas and have had a few strokes of inspiration that I will be lookng into pursuing. 3. There are so many eleme

Packing for summer Camp (NaNo)! Now, where's that house-elf?

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Hello again! As we approach the month of July, I will be using the next five days to prepare for one of my favourite writing challenges of the year: Camp NaNoWriMo. Although this means that I won’t be focusing on my Becoming a Fantasy ‘Expert’ journey via research and reading, etc., I will be working on my writing which favours fantasy and speculative genres. My progress on becoming an expert will continue in August. If you are unfamiliar with Camp NaNoWriMo - or its parent, NaNoWriMo - you can find out more here:  https://nanowrimo.org/  In short, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and is a virtual yearly challenge set in November that asks writers to write 50,000 words (the minimum word count for a novel) within the month. The Camps, set in April and July (also virtual), last a month as well, but they allow participating writers to choose their own word count goal to achieve during the challenge.  As well as a writing challenge, the NaNoWriMo website also acts as an on

Fantasy: Greatest Hits!

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Hello! I have spent the past few days looking into which books the fantasy community considers the most influential and inspiring throughout time to find out who/what our classics, our greats, are. My research resulted in an extensive list that was far too big to reveal on this post. You can, however, find the full list as it stands at the top of this blog.  I wanted to include a summary and subgenre categories for each one but it was too big a list for the page as well so I have had to cut those features out. I have plans to read several of these books though and will therefore explore them in much further detail for you in future posts. While compiling this ‘Greatest Hits’ list I also noticed some elements I found intriguing. For example: some eras seem to have produced more 'classics' than others and there are some authors who have more than one mention. These are just two observations (out of many) that I would like to explore. Therefore, my future plans will include doing

Fantasy: History 101!

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Hey, there! Following on from my previous posts, I knew my next direction was to research into the history of the fantasy genre. It is in learning about the past of our craft that we can appreciate it and mould it into our own. Fantasy is one of the longest standing genres of story-telling to exist in human history; going as far back as mythical creatures in ancient cave drawings.  The genre has always been a way for us to explain things that, at the time, seem inexplicable. Like associating the weather and seasons with gods and goddesses, blaming unseen monsters for noises or uncertainties that occur in the dark, and believing in miracles when seemingly impossible circumstances or accidents happen. It fuels our dreams and forges our imagination almost collectively, and there have been several examples of cultures spanning many countries apart, sharing fantastical ideologies and beliefs. For example: fairy tales across the world share the same format and purpose (good vs. evil, focused