Click the link to find out more, readers! Middle Ages Merlin manuscript found in Bristol University library Published 30 January 2019 Fragments of a manuscript from the Middle Ages which tell the story of Merlin the magician from Arthurian legend have been found in a library. Seven hand-written fragments were found by the University of … Continue reading A New Look at the Arthurian Cycle!
And here we are with another review, readers. You might recall that I mentioned I had read The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin* in my review of Fantastic Schools, Vol. 2*, which you can read here. For this reason, this author had enough familiarity with Ms. Lamplighter’s world that reading the short story was a … Continue reading Review: The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin by L. Jagi Lamplighter
I should have bought volume one first, I suppose, but what can one do? Fantastic Schools, Vol. 2 was right there. So this author purchased it. Have you ever wanted to go to magic school? To cast spells and brew potions and fly on broomsticks and – perhaps – battle threats both common and supernatural? … Continue reading Review: Fantastic Schools, Volume 2, edited by Jagi Lamplighter
I stumbled across this little treasure while surfing through Amazon’s Kindle store. Although I say “little,” the term is not meant to be derogatory; The Most Expensive Alley Cat in London is a short story. One can read it in under an hour, making it a small gem, indeed: A Desperate Urchin. A Mysterious Stray. … Continue reading Review: The Most Expensive Alley Cat in London by Corinna Turner
“It is a matter of grave importance that fairy tales should be respected. A nation without fancy, without some romance, never did, never can, never will, hold a great place under the sun.” – Charles Dickens Following the previous article about never giving up, we come to the importance of myth and fairy tales. The … Continue reading Myth and Fairy Tales: Escape through Mist and Magic
This article is the fifth in a five part series about the skill of adding depth to fiction. Parts One, Two, Three, and Four may be read here, here, here, and here. In this series we have looked at the need to preserve “magic” in fiction, the need to use the proper images in a … Continue reading Depth in Fiction, Part Five: Putting It All Together
This article is the third in a five part series about the skill of adding depth to fiction. Parts One and Two may be read here and here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yW8MO4jAUH0 With gratitude to the incomparable David Breitenbeck for introducing this author to the video above, we turn to today’s subject. Having discussed the need for “magic” … Continue reading Depth in Fiction, Part Three: Density of Paper vs. Density of Story
This article is the first in a five part series about the skill of adding depth to fiction. ‘The mind that thought of light, heavy, grey, yellow, still, swift also conceived of magic that would make heavy things light and able to fly, turn grey lead into yellow gold, and the still rock into a swift water. If it could do … Continue reading Depth in Fiction, Part One: The Desperate Need for Magic, Myth, and Mystery