Finding Balance

Jax tries to teach Lot about magic. Hastings – 1844 ‘It would be much easier if you put the baby down,’ Jax said, from where she was sitting cross-legged opposite me. ‘No.’ Edward shook his head. ‘Got make sure Muma not poor-poor.’ He blew a raspberry on my cheek. ‘Cuddles make better.’ Jax scowled. I … Continue reading Finding Balance

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Wisdom and Foolishness

Lot and Millie have a mother daughter talk Hastings – 1844 I couldn’t sleep. My mind was buzzing but I wasn’t sure with what. My thoughts were running too fast to catch, or it might’ve been the shelves in my mental library still shifting around at high speed organising, whatever it was organising. Edward shifted … Continue reading Wisdom and Foolishness

Wake Up

Lot awakes to a surprise visitor. Hastings – 1844  Edward was crying. I burst up, magic pouring over my skin like scalding water. I grabbed a throat and snarled at them. Jax stared at me, threads of energy rising on her face and spreading up my fingers from my obsidian nails. Josef pulled me off … Continue reading Wake Up

Mind Over Matter

Lot gets a helping in hand in her mental library. 1844 ‘Manifesting a version of your unconscious mind to slap you across the face?’ She grinned. ‘That’s the sound of mind doctors salivating.’ God, those bloody dimples made me look annoyingly adorable. She grabbed my waistcoat and hauled me to my feet. ‘No time for … Continue reading Mind Over Matter

Finding the Fantastical

Building a fantasy world presents its own complications. Theoretically, we’re beginning with a blank slate to build a whole new world, except this isn’t entirely true. Although it’s a new world readers are likely to have preconceived notions of what a fantasy world will be like based on the genre of fantasy or stereotypes. For … Continue reading Finding the Fantastical

Hunting History

Historical fiction presents interesting complications primarily in the form of accuracy. We have to remember when we’re writing historical that we’re not writing a factual piece so there’s space to smudge the details of the past. For instance, having an invention appear a few years earlier than it actually did, changing fashions to suit an … Continue reading Hunting History

Getting Contemporary

Writing contemporary is often assumed to be the easiest form of world building because it is all based around the contemporary real world and everyone knows about that, right? Except the contemporary real world is different depending on where in the world you are, your background, and a variety of other factors. This doesn’t mean … Continue reading Getting Contemporary

Bricks and Mortar

What is world building? World building doesn’t solely refer to setting the scene the characters are in, it refers to creating an entire world that they inhabit. When we put it like that it can sound like a massive and impossible undertaking but like any other element of writing we can plan it all out … Continue reading Bricks and Mortar

Building a World

This week we're looking at the basics of world building. The things we need to consider overall and the things we need to consider by genre Tuesday - Bricks and Mortar, What is world building? Wednesday - Getting Contemporary, The pitfalls of assuming contemporary means easy world building. Thursday - Hunting History, Do we need to be historically accurate? … Continue reading Building a World

Burning Up

Lot pays the price for taking risks. Read the first part of today's double bill here. Hastings – 1844 I couldn’t let it go. The power should’ve released like breath into the earth. It wouldn’t. It was stuck my core, burning me up from the inside. I writhed on the grass, holding tight to his … Continue reading Burning Up