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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Mappy New Year!

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!”

Victory Not Vengeance

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.

VNV Nation logo via Bandcamp

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?

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The Villain Makes the World

silhouette of man standing against black and red background
Photo by Elti Meshau on

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.

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The Builders of Worlds

Where do I start? The beginning is probably a good idea. I have always enjoyed writing the odd short story, but what put the idea of attempting something larger in my mind? I’m going to answer that question and hope that doing so is cathartic, and will begin to break down the wall that is stopping me getting on with the damn thing.

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