Reading & Listening Update: Research, L’Morte d’Arthur Lectures, and More

Besides sitting with a nasty head cold while writing this (oh the joy of the changing season — hello there, autumn, my second-favourite season who’s not being very friendly this year), the past two weeks have not been too bad. The one highlight (oh, and what a highlight!) was finally seeing a-ha live on stage…… Continue reading Reading & Listening Update: Research, L’Morte d’Arthur Lectures, and More

Worldbuilding Wednesday: Building on the Ruon Magic System, Part 1

Last time I looked at the four branches of “Nith” or magic in The Ruon Chronicles. This week I’m going to look a bit deeper at the magic system that I’m building for the Ruon specifically. Okay, so while the main charms are worked in embroidery, there are also other forms of needlework and weaving…… Continue reading Worldbuilding Wednesday: Building on the Ruon Magic System, Part 1

Thoughts On Writing Outside Your Genre

If you’ve been following the blog, you probably noticed that most of my stories are fantasy, sci-fi or some form of speculative fiction. So you can understand my trepidation when I learned that the genre for the Jozi Shorts Anthology is contemporary fiction. Well, colour me challenged. The last non-genre story that I wrote was…… Continue reading Thoughts On Writing Outside Your Genre

Worldbuilding Wednesday – The Good, the Bad, the Diminishing

I ended the previous Worldbuilding Wednesday post with the death of Sifa which caused the world of Airtha-Eyrassa to fall and the Veil between the mortal and immortal world to be put in place. This week I’m looking at the events that brought about The Diminishing, including the death of the Airus called Leralia. As…… Continue reading Worldbuilding Wednesday – The Good, the Bad, the Diminishing

Worldbuilding Wednesday — Worldbuilding a Beginning

I guess worldbuilding a beginning to the world of Airtha-Eyrassa really only started after I read The Silmarillion (which is also one of my favourite books of all time). While I did not start the world by writing the beginning and creation, it was soon apparent once I’d started that it was a necessary part…… Continue reading Worldbuilding Wednesday — Worldbuilding a Beginning

Of Stuff You Realise After Rereading, and Crocheting Nests

Good news! Especially for me — I at last realised what is wrong with the beginning of Grove of Graves and how to fix it. Apparently my subconscious had been thinking about it the whole week after I reread the story to see where any changes are needed. Turns out I only need to move…… Continue reading Of Stuff You Realise After Rereading, and Crocheting Nests

Worldbuilding Wednesday — Worldbuilding the Ruon Chronicles Series

Author David Farland, in one of his writing emails (sign up here) notes the following elements that make up a successful series when it comes to story: Have a persistent world and persistent charactersDon’t change the settings too muchHave a persistent conflict that builds and escalatesA central conflict will bind the series together. Now, the…… Continue reading Worldbuilding Wednesday — Worldbuilding the Ruon Chronicles Series