Fantasy World Clash Title Generator

I've been reading and watching The City and the City by China Mieville this week. Two cultures in permanent conflict, sharing the same space, each city diligently 'unseeing' the other. It made me want to create a culture clash of my own. So after my romantic fantasy title generator proved popular, I have created a... Continue Reading →

Friday fic – fifty-word stories

I have been watching the BBC's 2008 adaptation of Sense and Sensibility this week - an unusual version for its focus on the male characters, especially Colonel Brandon, played by the excellent David Morrissey. And so this week's fifty-word stories have a distinct Regency element - although fifty words is perhaps rather short to accommodate a complete... Continue Reading →

Friday fic – fifty word stories

I don't often write about inanimate objects but this week there are two fifty-worders about things rather than people. The third story this week may ring a bell if you've been following a certain court case. Microfiction is becoming a thing for me it seems - I'm signed up for a workshop, and am keenly... Continue Reading →

Slinging spells and flinging cards

I read Spellslinger this week in about three gulps and have been inspired by its greatness - to learn about cards, and to hurt my own characters, a lot. Honestly Sebastien de Castell heaps bad luck and trouble on his main character, Kellen, to such a degree that you fear it might be one of those YA... Continue Reading →

Friday fic – six word stories

This week's stories are a little different to usual. I've had awful vertigo for two weeks, which is as much fun as you'd imagine, and not been able to read or write as much as I'd like. These are faux headlines, then: six word stories inspired by the week's news. I have been reading Newsthump and... Continue Reading →

Jazz age fantasy

I was recently obsessed with New York 1926. If you think that rings a bell, it might be because it is the setting for 2016's Jazz Age fantasy, Fantastic Beasts, which I saw, and alone of all Harry Potter things fell in love with. Partly this was because it was about adults facing, sort of, adult problems.... Continue Reading →

Friday fic – fifty word stories

Three fifty-worder fics this week, sent to you from Norfolk where I have been on a family holiday - thirteen of us in a Georgian house complete with pantry, two foot thick walls, secret staircases and a row of little bells to call the (imaginary) servants. The bells had no connecting ropes to pull on... Continue Reading →

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