Neil Mach

Author – Fantasy Realism

Krista Wallace

Useful tips on audiobook narration + helpful advice on choreographing sword fighting scenes with author Krista Wallace…

Nina Munteanu

NINA MUNTEANU talks about narrative responsibility and writing in the Anthropocene era…

Sophy Layzell

Learn more about Sophy and her journey into writing + how she balances so many skills & undertakings while at the same time finding (precious) time to write…

Fantasy Author Birdy Rivers

Birdy offers helpful advice on world-building and suggests the best ways to modernize a classic fairy tale…

Nature big

A neighbour buttonholed me to speak out about my big tree.  My beloved Scots Pine is unpopular locally because the tree has grown far beyond my best expectations. I suppose I might have guessed it would grow into a giant, as it is also known as the European redwood, which indicates the tree is related …

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Useful alpha list of scientific words for magical abilities

Agathodemoning – asking good spirits to do our magical bidding Alchemy – changing the fundamental substance of elements (or matter) Angelspeak  – communicating with lesser deities and messengers (angels) Apotropaism & countercharms – defense against demons, ghosts, and evil sorcerers using magic Apportation or bilocation (psychic ability to be in two places or more at …

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Ghost In The Mirror

Mirrors are portals to other dimensions … let’s start with that thought before studying liminality, pareidolia, and the art of scrying —

a spurious eurocentric medieval age

Once upon a time… Three jaded words that should upset any fantasy author worth her salt… It implies that the writer is fixing the events of a story in an imperfect & illusory moment in history. A time that is indefinable but, in some unspecified way, oddly familiar to us. If you were a gambler, …

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Poppins Paradox

Apropos something else entirely my wife yesterday suddenly exclaimed: “I didn’t think Mary Poppins was a fantasy adventure…” I looked at her and grinned, then I made a sarcastic observation along the lines of: “No, I reckon it was a documentary film…”  but I later added, “What do you think the story of Mary Poppins …

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Is magic impossible? How can an author make magic more believable?

Why do some readers hate magic so much? What can we do, as fantasy authors, to offset or reduce these reader aversions?