Sep 25, 2019
Start prepping for NANOWRIMO as you begin plotting your fantasy fiction novel, and look at the various stage of a Hero's Journey and consider Markstein's criteria when constructing your fantasy universe. Visit the Celtic Way and consider the race of Celts. Discuss the Guardian list of the 100 best books of the 21st...
Sep 18, 2019
Go high onto the moors and heaths this week when I travel to Exmoor to explore how moorland habitats have been used by fiction writers to convey the sense of wilderness, wildness and magic. Learn about Pixie mythology and visit the ancient village of Withypool where Lorna Dorne was written. I think about using scrying...
Sep 11, 2019
This week I visit the tower that inspired the story of the trapped maiden in a tower: Rapunzel. I visit Chateau Brametourte, in Lautrec, for my daughter's wedding. I look at Apotropaic marks a.k.a. witch marks. I also consider cryptids and I discuss the work of Michael Swanwick. My wildflower of the week is the Sunflower
Sep 4, 2019
This week I describe four darkly magical castles of England before I head off to France to stay at the 11th century Chateau de Brametourte. I visit the Cerne Abbas Giant to see the big cleanup, I think about Indigo Children, discuss synchronicity and look at the cockatrice. The magical wildflower of the week is Belladona.