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Life in the Realm of Fantasy · 1d ago

#amwriting: compound words and hyphens

Compound words are frequently a source of grief when I receive my manuscript back from my editor. Despite my best efforts, unless I am on my toes in the writing process I habitually hyphenat...
Life in the Realm of Fantasy · 4d ago

#FlashFictionFriday: Quiet of an Early Summer Morning

The quiet of An early summer Morning Sinks into my soul, Warming my spirit like coffee.   At twelve past five The birds are present, Singing, Songs of love, poems of war While I appreciate m...
Life in the Realm of Fantasy · 6d ago

#amwriting: Writing a Short Story to a Theme

Writing short stories is both difficult and easy. They are easy because you can keep it simple, just a few characters, one problem, and an overarching theme that runs through the whole thing...
Life in the Realm of Fantasy · 1W ago

#amwriting: creating a strong novella

A little over three years ago, I discovered that one of my works in progress was not really a novel after all. The first draft was at 85,000 words, but it occurred to me that it was a novell...
Life in the Realm of Fantasy · 1W ago

#FlashFictionFriday: Ballad of Jennet Adair (reprise)

Jennet, she lies ‘Neath the white rose tree And never again will she Play false to me   T’was not my hands Round her lily-white throat But would that I could Drown her deep in the moat   Her...
Life in the Realm of Fantasy · 1W ago

#amreading: The Wheel of Time, series by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

Once again, epilepsy has reared its ugly head in my family, and travel to and from hospital the hospital 70 miles north of my home has interfered with my ability to write. So, for today’s po...
Life in the Realm of Fantasy · 2W ago

#amwriting: Identifying Genre

When you write a lot of different short stories, you really get to explore all aspects of your creative mind. You never know what will fall out of your head, so you find yourself writing in ...
Life in the Realm of Fantasy · 2W ago

#FlashFictionFriday: Rain Falling on a Young Girl’s Face

Rain falling on a young girl’s face, Falling down, down, Rolling down, down. Went where she shouldn’t. Broke the rules, Broke their trust, Broke her dreams, And all because he seemed so nice...
Life in the Realm of Fantasy · 2W ago

#amblogging: How to use WordPress to Publicize your blog posts

Blogging is one thing writers need to do regularly, even if it is only once or twice a month. However, it’s hard to gain readers when you first begin to blog. After all, blogging requires wr...
Life in the Realm of Fantasy · 3W ago

#amwriting: Literature and Language: Gormenghast and Lyonesse

Two series of fantasy novels that had a profound effect on me as a reader are the Gormenghast series of novels, written by Mervyn Peake, and The Lyonesse Trilogy by Jack Vance. Both series a...