One thing fantasy excels at is presenting incredible new worlds to the reader. The imagination of fantasy authors knows no bounds when worldbuilding is involved. So below I have picked out some of my favourite fantasy locations to celebrate and illustrate the variety and brilliance on offer.
The Mines of Moria
Tolkien’s Middle Earth contained such incredible places, from Hobbiton to the Lonely Mountain, the splendour of Gondor to the windswept plains of Rohan, or the dark cave of Shelob to the great troll-operated gates of Mordor, that picking just one location is a difficult task. Tolkien put so much into developing his world and its varied peoples that I could create a whole article series on memorable places in Middle Earth. I have picked Moria because of its size, its atmosphere and because of the contrast between Gimli’s expectations and the dark, frightening truth the Fellowship finds within. Continue reading Five great locations in fantasy
When I proofread documents, or even just reading a blog or forum post, there are certain mistakes that I come across time and time again. Some of them crop up across a variety of documents written by individuals of differing levels of familiarity with written English. Below I have collected the most egregious and the most common, and explained what is wrong about them. Continue reading Grammar problems
On Sunday I went for a little walk up the Wrekin, a hill in Shropshire, with my mum. Here are some of the photos I took.
Continue reading A walk up the Wrekin
With the recent return to British TV screens of BBC’s popular fantasy show Merlin, based on the King Arthur legend, I think now is a good time for a review, not just of the three episodes so far aired of the current season but also of the previous seasons in a more general way. Continue reading Review: BBC’s Merlin
Welcome to Ally’s Desk. This is where I will post articles and short stories, or announcements of their publication elsewhere, as well as advice and opinion pieces. The about page above has a little bit about me, and the My articles page has links to articles I have already published.