amwriting, genre

Goth is [not] Dead: (Sub)Genre-Chat

Horace Walpole is credited/blamed for kicking off the 'Gothic' literature genre in 1765 with his novel The Castle of Otranto: A Gothic Tale, which was intended as a subtle joke. Walpole meant 'Gothic' in the sense of 'barbarous' or 'derived from the Middle Ages', but his supernatural tale of perverse obsession and melodramatic tragedy sparked something… Continue reading Goth is [not] Dead: (Sub)Genre-Chat

amwriting, genre

Goth is [not] Dead: Genre-Chat

I've finished the rewrites for my gothic weird fiction novel, The Crows, which started life as a light-hearted paranormal mystery with strong weird romance B-plot. Since I had a fair few romance readers/writers reading that version, I cheesed up the romantic side a bit and had a go at cozy mystery in a paranormal/urban fantasy… Continue reading Goth is [not] Dead: Genre-Chat

world building, Writing Prompt, writing tips

World Building with the Welsh Triads

This post is a follow-on from the world-building posts that I've shared last month. If you're interested in the Welsh Triads, there are some really good translations out there - particularly Rachel Bromwich's editions: The Legal Triads of Medieval Wales and The Triads of the Island of Britain. [Note that the Medieval Welsh referred to… Continue reading World Building with the Welsh Triads

The Crows, writing tips

Anatomy of a Draft

So you have your first draft! Yay! Where to go from here? Well, first, get yourself a support group of fellow writers: a variety of ages and experiences are always a plus. It takes a village to raise a writer and their book-baby! TIP: Change your font and font size before editing and leave your… Continue reading Anatomy of a Draft

archived, TV/Film Review, Zodiac Theme

The Zodiac Posts: CAPRICORN [1] Being Down-to-Earth – Realistic Character Development

Being Down-to-Earth: Realistic Character Development Over Time I've decided to start with Capricorn, because the ideas for topics that I came up with for this general sign resonated with me after watching Season 3 of a TV show last night. My life is really very exciting. Clearly. Now, I know I've blogged on this topic… Continue reading The Zodiac Posts: CAPRICORN [1] Being Down-to-Earth – Realistic Character Development