Surprise! Short story ready to read!

As I tacked on to the end of the last post, the draft for the whole Fantasy series is done. Remember that when I say fantasy “series” I’m talking about the first season of a serial. It’s not a whole series of big fat fantasy books like you see in book shops. So what I’ve written is the equivalent of one big-ish novel (around 120,000 words all up). At the moment it’s around 150,000 words, but that will be cut down in editing.

At the same time, I’ve also written and edited a short story set in the same world. This is the second draft, meaning that it’s ready for beta readers. As before I would like to offer it up to anyone who is interested in reading it. Here are the links:


Remember, it still needs to go through a round of beta-reading and another edit by me, then potentially a professional edit if I can afford it. Chances are that this will be the first thing I actually put up on the Kindle market, probably for $0.99. Let me know what you think!!

Seeing Through the Fog

Creating a World.

The fantasy setting that I’m currently writing in sprung up around the story that was in my head. At first I just needed locations for characters to go to, and then I filled in the blanks. There were also some basic ideas that I knew about the world before starting the draft:

1) Magic is real, in the sense that there are wizards that can command the elements of Fire, Water, Air and Earth. The afterlife and the existence of a spirit is just as unknown as it is in our world, today.

2) That gods were a real and active part of the lives of the people, and that prayer had measurable, tangible results. The gods were, however, silent on the matter of an afterlife.

3) Elves were in there somewhere but they weren’t really known to humans (though I didn’t know why at that point).

Into that world I wanted to put a group of skeptics that go around exposing fake psychics and spirit mediums.

Learning as I go.

As I sat down to write the draft, the fantasy setting became fleshed out through character conversation and from just writing what the characters were seeing. For example, at one point  Continue reading “Seeing Through the Fog”

A Whole New World

I am creating the setting of my fantasy story, every day, when I sit down to write my drafts. To be honest, one of the things I like about writing fantasy is not having to do any research. I knew that, for my first story or two, I wanted to write my own rules.  
I did think that I would spend a lot of time writing out the setting first before writing the story. But you know what? I found that’s the worst way to do it. Well, not the worst way for everyone, but it is for me. And the biggest motivation for me was talking to authors who were doing it this way. 

Another reason to not write. 

Almost anyone who spends their time following any creative pursuit will tell you that it isn’t the doing that’s the hard part. It’s the showing up. Writing isn’t hard. Sitting down to write is. 
I’ve spoken to a few people now who, after learning that I’m writing a fantasy story, say something like “oh yeah, I have a fantasy story that I want to write. I’m just working on the setting, getting that right, before I write the story.”
“Really?” I ask. “What do you mean.?”
“Oh, you know,” comes the answer. “I need to get the world right before I can start writing the story.”
No, you really don’t.
Continue reading “A Whole New World”