Continuing my Magical Creatures for Magical Worlds series is my latest article, the Hydra. Pop over and check it out.
This was quite a fun article to write because the research mostly involved reading the Labours of Heracles, and quite frankly, Heracles doesn’t come across as the smartest man in the room – especially in how he deals with the Hydra. Though I would say his intellect has certainly been inherited by his nephew, who joins him on this particular Labour.
Because anyone who does want to find out about phoenixes can now do so on Mythic Scribes for which I have written about them. Spoiler: they’re cool and the mythology is really interesting.
In my latest article for Mythic Scribes, I’ve written a piece called A New Page for a New Year, about writing goals and news years resolutions. This is a perfect time of the year to consider goals and their achievability, to set new goals and work out how you’re going to go about getting them done.
My goal for 2014 is to write the first draft (well, attempt 2) of the novel I was working on in November. This is the story I have inside of me, and I mostly know what I’m doing with it, and I’m going to write it this year. I’m going to try to work on it every day, but “working on it” doesn’t necessarily mean adding words to the manuscript – it might mean working through a tricky bit in note form, writing short stories around various characters to help me work out their personalities, voices and motivations, drawing maps, worldbuilding or anything else involved. As long as the manuscript itself is complete by the end of the year, I will have been successful.
I’ve written another article for fantasy writing website Mythic Scribes. It’s called Forests of Fantasyland, and it looks at why forests as a landscape are a staple in fantasy stories and worlds, from Middle Earth to Hogwarts. I hope you enjoy it.
Oh, and all the pictures bar the one with the unicorn were taken by me.
What’s with all the Kings and Queens in Fantasy?
I have written another article for the Mythic Scribes front page, called Adding Depth to a Fantasy World. It’s about considering different aspects of worldbuilding beyond the standard framework topics like magic systems, maps and politics, and looking at the kinds of details that bring a world to life.
I have written a guest blog post for Brian Foster called Lessons from Handwriting a Final Draft which he has posted on his blog. Pop over and take a look. Also check out Brian’s other posts, he has plenty of interesting stuff to say about writing.
P.S. Don’t forget my contest to win a signed copy of Mark Lawrence’s King of Thorns, with second prize of the ebook. Enter before Friday for a chance to win. There aren’t many entries yet so you’ve got a good chance!
I’ve written an article about fantasy weaponry over on Mythic Scribes. Check it out: Fantasy Weapons: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
I wrote an article called How to Spot Your Writing Weaknesses that has gone live on the front page of fantasy forum Mythic Scribes. Please pop over and have a read and feel free to make comments.
It is with great delight and pride I can, at last, announce that I have a short story published in new fantasy ezine Myths Inscribed. The story is called Ailith’s Gift and I am very excited about it. I had some help editing it from the magazine’s chief editor Derek Bowen which really helped turn it from something which was rather rough and ready to a much more polished, tighter story. It involves a witch and a dragon.
So please go and read my story and the whole magazine, which features some brilliant stories and a fantastic poem.
I have written another article for Mythic Scribes, which is an awesome site for fantasy writers, called Fight for What’s Right: Moral Causes in Fantasy Worlds.
I will also have another announcement soon which will explain why I have not posted any new content this week.
Thanks for reading.