Further to my previous post, here is another article from my old Flipping Out blog. At the time I was trying to go for a News Thump or The Onion style news article style blog. I will be uploading them to this site over the next few days, and most follow a similar ‘fake news’ format.Continue reading “Catholic Church In Ireland Finally Admits Role In Dinosaur Mass Extinction”
The Philmarillion is my second attempt at a regular blog. Before this I had tried my hand at blogging using the Blogspot platform with a site called Flipping Out. It’s redundant now, but there are some articles I would like to share. The first one is a tale of non-euclidean cosmic terror….Continue reading “Cthulhu Wants a Kitten”
This weekend I was involved with a charity coffee morning for the charity Aware NI, to raise awareness for mental health issues, particularly mental health issues in males. It was the brainchild of my friend Chris, who did a great job organising everyone and everything. Males are generally terrible about talking about their feelings due to the expectation of society that they maintain their ‘masculinity’ and soldier on. Unfortunately, things like anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts aren’t things you can soldier on through. There is no shame in asking for help. It could save your life. Men need to know this, and it is up to society to change the preconceptions and stigma associated with mental health. I have struggled with depression in the past and am thankful that I was able to talk about it with others. Talking about it helped. Writing about it helped. With hindsight, from the conception of my ‘traditional fantasy’ world, long years ago, mental health was a big inspiration; in fact, without realising it at the time, depression and anxiety are literally the enemy…
I signed up for the Writers Circle at my local library a few months back, but haven’t managed to actually go to a meeting as of yet. They send out writing prompts via email during the week for people to create something for discussion. This week they suggested telling a story in ten words.
I’ll hopefully get to the writers group this weekend. Not sure how this will go down with local writers… but in the meantime, I present to you my magnum opus.
I recently downloaded Reddit and subscribed to some very good world-building and writing prompt groups. What follows is a quick attempt at a prompt along the lines of: You are a simple farmer in a world of famine and plague. You pray every night. This time, however, your god answers…
It’s a bit sceptical to say the least…
Mappy New Year…and this is a post about maps…I’m hilarious…
Anyway, I’m not one for New Years’ resolutions, but this year I’ve decided to make one; to write more! Whether it be this blog, or banging my head in frustration, trying to put my ideas to the page, or writing a silly story for my daughter for when she’s a bit older (she’s due to arrive into the world February). Continue reading “Mappy New Year!”
I have written a prologue for my ‘traditional’ fantasy story, and I did it without giving it much thought. Which, ironically, got me thinking. A prologue is very common in fantasy fiction. So common that I wrote one without consciously thinking “I’m going to give this story a prologue”. But is a prologue necessary? Can a prologue be a help or a hindrance? Here are my thoughts…and a photo of a typewriter.Continue reading “To Prologue, or Not to Prologue?”
I recently decided to undertake the task of re-reading the Wheel of Time. It’s only now, three books in, that the scale of this undertaking has hit me. Three down, eleven to go!
I’ve decided to take a break and read a few other books, lest I over-saturate myself with Wheel of Time. I have also decided that this might be a good time to post my own short review and thoughts on the first three books as a whole.
Anyone who knows me will know I am a massive Wheel of Time fan, though I will happily admit it is certainly not perfect. What follows is a summary of the books’ premise and a very brief review / my thoughts.Continue reading “The Dragon Reviewed…”
I have talked about my ‘Big Four’ literary (fan boy) influences on my writing, so now I’m going to talk a bit about other influences. Specifically, music. More specifically, I want to talk about the influence of a criminally overlooked electronic project by the name of VNV Nation.
Musically and lyrically, VNV Nation evoke all kinds of thoughts and feelings, managing both melancholy and euphoria simultaneously. The VNV in the name stands for Victory Not Vengeance. As per their website, the “meaning behind this stylised motto is that one should strive to achieve, not sit in bitter regret.” A good motto to have, wouldn’t you agree?
Different authors have different approaches to world building. Some start with maps of their world. Some, like Tolkien, start with the languages of their creation and then built cultures up around the language. While I like drawing maps, I’m not particularly artistic and unlike Tolkien I’m a not an Oxford educated professor of linguistics. Therefore for my main project, I started with a character.