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Life in the Realm of Fantasy · 1d ago

#amwriting: the role of the #proofreader

I am nearly at the end of the editing process on my new novel, Billy Ninefingers, a tale set in Huw the Bard’s world. When I am finished with the revisions, I will format my manuscript to be...
Life in the Realm of Fantasy · 4d ago

#FlashFictionFriday: Oregon Sunset (reprise)

We sat on the beach near the fire, Two old people bundled against the cold Oregon sunset. Friends we’d never met fished the surf, Children and dogs ran at waves’ edge. Red sky, red mist, red...
Life in the Realm of Fantasy · 1W ago

#Amwriting: why authors should blog (reprise)

I’m on a much needed vacation, so this week’s posts will be rather random, and somewhat recycled! In fact, this post was originally published June 29, 2016, under the title “Why Authors shou...
Life in the Realm of Fantasy · 1W ago

#FineArtFriday: Albert Bierstadt, The Rocky Mountains, Landers Peak 1860

When I sit down to write, my work is usually fiction. Even so, I want my work to have authenticity, although I might never have experienced what I am writing about. Whether a piece is set in...
Life in the Realm of Fantasy · 1W ago

#amwriting: genitives and possessives: who’s, whose, its, it’s

A casual remark in the comments on Monday’s post on two commonly misused pronouns, ‘that’ and ‘which,’ brought up this subject–the proper use of possessives and genitives. On the surface, it...
Life in the Realm of Fantasy · 2W ago

#amwriting: that and which: two commonly misused words

That and which are two commonly misused words. When it comes to eliminating the word “that,” it’s crucial you look at each instance of how it is used.  Sometimes, “that” is the only word for...
Life in the Realm of Fantasy · 2W ago

#FlashFictionFriday: Winter in the Northern Garden (reprise)

  In winter, my Northern garden Languishes, ragged and shabby, Unlovely, decaying, and Uncomfortably aware she’s grown old.   The remains of Summer’s glory beckons, Begging to be told she is...
Life in the Realm of Fantasy · 2W ago

#amwriting: Commas

Commas and their usage have arisen in my conversations with clients again lately, so I felt it was time to dust off a piece I wrote  last year on managing them. If you have seen this post al...
Life in the Realm of Fantasy · 3W ago

#amwriting: the third quarter of the novel and the character arc

Lately, I’ve had many discussions on the hero’s journey and how we structure a story that follows that most traditional of story arcs. Usually, the first half of the book is easy for me to w...
Life in the Realm of Fantasy · 3W ago

#FlashFictionFriday: Mind Wandering (short essay)

I love this image. I found it at Wikimedia Commons and fell in love with the symmetry and the way the colors complement each other, so opposite and yet so pleasing. It inspires my creativity...