SPFBO Cohort Vague Review #5

Yes, I'm still doing this. 24 to go, bitches. Then I'll read my own book last, and declare, without any hint of bias, that it was clearly the best. You know, because. Well that took a long time. No knock on the quality of the book, I’ve just withered as a reader, and now find …

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Reading my SPFBO Cohort #3 & #4

Two more interesting books in my anonymous SPFBO 8 read every page review series. #3 This struck me as a book I would have wanted to write when I was in my teens, except in my teens I would have been utterly incapable of doing so! There are lots of references to epic past events …

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Why I Write Fantasy: To try to Touch the Unknown.

The adventure of a blank page is the infinite possibilities it represents. Each word written at first narrows the choices left for those to follow, words determining their most likely successors, options being lost due to the rules of grammar, the syntax of language. But, after a time a magical thing can happen: the groups …

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Why I Write Fantasy: Death and Freedom

I'm not publishing the blog I wrote earlier today. Didn't quite capture what I wanted to say. So instead I'm freehanding this one, not even a spellchecker to save me! I started writing fantasy, as I've said elsewhere, to create worlds of my own to escape into, after enjoyng the sensation of entering into other …

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Why I Write Fantasy: To go to a School and try to Explain Why I Write Fantasy

I would like to thank Steven Craig and Parker Performing Arts School for inviting myself and the ever excellent Cheryl Carpinello in for a sequence of Q&A sessions with four classes of engaged and enthusiastic pupils today. I really enjoyed meeting the students and burbling on at length about many aspects of writing and fantasy …

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