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
In the world of Airtha-Eyrassa (the world in which The Ruon Chronicles takes place), magic and magical abilities are called Talent or Nith.
"Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one" - Terry Pratchett. I truly believe that by reading and writing fantasy - and sometimes scifi - I get to explore more than if I didn't write any genre fiction. Fantasy delves into so many fields; linguistics, archaeology, history, etc. that I learn a lot more … Continue reading Musings On My Writing
The weeks have been absolutely flying by — along with all the deadlines that come with the last stretch of the year when you work in magazines. With the worst of the deadlines behind me now (I hope, because, wow, we were extremely busy), I realised about a week ago that NaNoWriMo is literally a … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2019 News!
It actually feels great to be getting back into the swing of things, especially writing-wise. Though I can feel the remnants of the anaemia still, I am doing so much better. And writing at a proper pace again, which is — to say the least — awesome. The one thing I do like about warmer … Continue reading Getting Back Into the Swing of Things
Well, at last I’ve updated the Patreon page! Both the summary and the tiers have been updated (although tiers still start at $1). Here is the summary in which I also show where The Knowledge Stones and Grove of Graves fit in. The summary of The Ruon Chronicles During the Achtarion War between the Airus … Continue reading Patreon Is Up and Running!
We’re in the heart of a (very mild, if you ask me) highveld winter and I’ve been plotting away and typing away on various projects. Although I did not get half done of what I wanted to get done, I have to admit that I was ill for most of the month. My brain just … Continue reading July Writing Update — Flash Fiction, Ruon Chronicles, and LectureNotes
Okay… so that was March flitting by faster than a Will o’ the Wisp… To say that I didn’t do everything I wanted to this March (fiction writing wise) is an understatement. Well, okay, word count-wise it was a flop. Thinking about stories and outlining Stuff was much more productive. Turns out that I did … Continue reading End-of-March Writing Update: Ruon Chronicles, Ghost Stories, and Other Stuff
I thought that it might be interesting to show the type of books and sources I use for research and to up my writing game. These are not all of the books and sources I use, mind you. But they do give an idea of what I’m referring to at the moment. The Ruon Chronicles/The … Continue reading My Current Writing Research Sources
Or, Do Other People Also Get Imposter Worldbuilder Syndrome? So I’m busy pottering away at Porselein, which is set in a world very much unlike The Ruon Chronicles, and I’m struggling like mad to get anywhere with the worldbuilding when it hits me. I’m afraid. Afraid of failing in making this world as believable (even … Continue reading The Problem of Starting a New World