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How to write a circus fantasy – character, setting, magic

Reading Time: 5 minutesWhy are circuses and fairs so fascinating? Why do people run away with the circus? And why do we love a circus fantasy story so much? I think it is because in olden times, the circus was almost the only… Continue Reading →

Fantasy World Clash Title Generator

Reading Time: 3 minutesI’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… Continue Reading →

Slinging spells and flinging cards

Reading Time: 4 minutesI 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,… Continue Reading →

Jazz age fantasy

Reading Time: 5 minutesI 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… Continue Reading →

Ferocious Fae, Thorny Roses, Little Libraries

Reading Time: 6 minutesI go to my local library every week and pick up all kinds of books. They have a handy sticker-system on the books’ spines to identify the genre, and lately I’ve been going for the Unicorn (!) sticker signifying fantasy. … Continue Reading →

Friday fic – fifty word stories

Reading Time: 2 minutesFour more fifty-worders for you. This continues the story of the monsters, plus there’s a snippet from a mermaid-noir scenario I rather like. Hope you enjoy them! Let me know –  I always like reading your comments. If you have… Continue Reading →

Fantasy and Foreignness

Reading Time: 3 minutesAs a reader, if you crave a comfortable read, then you’ll be disappointed by books that don’t explain anything, placing you in the role of stranger. And if you like to think on your feet, learning as you go, you won’t enjoy a book which carefully explains a culture’s entire backstory before you’ve even stepped off the boat.

Show us your subgenre! There’s a niche for every fiction

Reading Time: 4 minutesI found a list today that I didn’t know I needed but now cannot live without. It’s a description of every subgenre of cyberpunk. I’ve given some examples, below, but it’s got me thinking about how detailed our fiction categories have become,… Continue Reading →

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