Mapping It Out

It’s a very, very, rare occasion these days that you will open a fantasy novel and not see a map. In fact, it’s got to the point now that if there isn’t one you will probably find yourself thinking “Dude, where’s my map?”. I love maps, regardless of them being real or being made-up for a story, so I’m going to ramble on about them for a while here. In true Blue Peter style, here’s one I made earlier;

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Procrastination is…oh, look, a dog!

The vast majority of the time I sit down to write my work in progress (WIP) I end up getting distracted and doing very little. In fact, this blog was the result of the Angel Dark Lord of Procrastination resting her wing gently on my shoulder bludgeoning me with her Hammer of Dithering. Though to be fair, at least the blog leads me to actually write something every now and again. Like today, for example. I’m going to discuss all the things I end up doing, rather than actually writing my WIP.

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Review: The Light of Other Days by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter

Today’s review is The Light of Other Days by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter. This is a novel outside of my comfort zone in that it is firmly in the genre of Sci-fi and I usually stick to fantasy. Yes, I know Dune is technically sci-fi, but it also has quite a fantasy vibe to it – this one is pure sci-fi. There won’t be any plot spoilers here.

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Review: The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb

Today I’m going to provide a brief review of The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb. This series is generally considered to be one of the all time greats of modern fantasy fiction. Spoilers are not included.

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Review: The Winnowing Flame Trilogy by Jen Williams

Today I am going to provide a review of The Winnowing Flame Trilogy by Jen Williams. The trilogy consists of The Ninth Rain, The Bitter Twins and The Poison Song. I will be talking about my thoughts on the ending, but I won’t be giving away any specific information that could be considered as spoilers.

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By Grace and Banners Fallen

A very dramatic title for a short blog post, which is basically to say I’ve changed the photo on my blog and social media banners. The title of this post is actually the title of the prologue to A Memory of Light, the final book in the Wheel of Time. I chose it because it’s my favourite book in the series, but mostly because it’s the only thing I could think of that mentions banners.

I reorganised the book shelf so the photo includes books and authors of significance to me.

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Turnings of the Wheel

I’ve been taking a break in my quest to reread The Wheel of Time as of late. I had to, otherwise I would have burned myself out, just like an inexperienced Aes Sedai may have done channelling too much of the One Power. I’ve finished book 5, and reading some non-Robert Jordan books in the meantime.

While The Wheel of Time remains my favourite fantasy series, it can become overwhelming if you try to read the fourteen massive tomes too quickly. There are just so many characters and plots that it is easy to get a bit lost. I am enjoying it, but now I’ve had a bit of a break, I’ve realised there is something that has been bugging me throughout the reread.

There will be spoilers from this point on.

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Writing to Music

When I actually seldom get the time to sit down and do a bit of writing, I tend to put on a playlist to get my creative gears moving. I have four go to playlists when writing, depending on my mood. Here are three of them. All made to be shuffled. Enjoy!

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Fantasy You Should Read – Part 2

And so, we come to Part 2 of my list of Fantasy fiction that I think everyone should read. Before I start I’ll do a quick recap of the books that appeared in Part 1;

  • The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
  • The Raven’s Mark series by Ed McDonald
  • The Godblind Trilogy by Anna Stephens

Shall we go on? Here’s a photo of someone in a shop looking at books. You should do that too…and buy them, obviously, it’s not a damn library.

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Tensions Rise Ahead of The Last Battle

The final post from my old blog. This one is a news article from the world of The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. There are probably spoilers in this!

The city of Illian was plunged into chaos last night as a local Messianic Saviour/ World Destroyer got a little bit too drunk.

Rand al’Thor, known also as ‘Lord of the Morning’, ‘Prince of the Dawn’, ‘Shadowkiller’, ‘He Who Comes With the Dawn’, ‘The Dragon Reborn’ and ‘The Rose of Tralee’ was on a night out clubbing with friends celebrating his recent victory over a large force of Shadowspawn when the trouble began.

It is alleged that after drinking several bottles of wine, Rand got into an argument with with Elan Morin Tedronai aka Ishamael, Champion of the Shadow, who was also at the club to promote his new range of vitamin supplement drinks. Onlookers state that the two arch enemies tried to ignore each other for a large portion of the night and things were peaceful until Ishamael made a wise crack along the lines of;

Stupid, bloody, one handed twat…he’s probably going to get drunk and kill all his friends and family again.’

At this point, al’Thor allegedly hit Ishamael with a chair shouting;

Bridget Jones Diary was not shit, it wasn’t, it wasn’t, it wasn’t! I liked the bit when Paul Atreides talked to Captain Picard. ‘

Many have been worrying recently about the mental health of al’Thor, and this just proves that the madness of saidin is still very much affecting the Dragon Reborn.

At this point however, the Dark One himself intervened, stating that Rand and Ishamael should not be fighting until the proscribed date and time at the Last Battle, and as such both were in breach of contract. Both were fined five hundred gold pieces.

The Dragon Reborn replied to the Great Lord of the Dark with a loud ‘Fuck off, you shit!‘ At this point several bouncers tried to expel Rand from the club but were promptly murdered by al’Thor in a very ‘explodey’ manner.

Long time friend of the Dragon Reborn, Nynaeve al’Maera, responded to questions by tugging on her braid and sulking, while Elayne Trakand, one of al’Thors lovers, responded by having a bath.