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Fairy Tales…

What makes a fairy tale a Fairy Tale? Does it have to begin with “Once upon a time”? Does there have to be a princess cruelly treated? A wicked Queen? Let me know how YOU feel about it!


Life goes on…again

I have been having neurological issues. Nothing new, they come around periodically and get really bad every 5 years or so. Went to the Emergency Room Friday as they progressed to a scary level, mimicking a stroke. Happy to say I did not have a stroke or a heart attack :). The ER dr (and the other 2 neurologists from the other bad times) said it sounds like MS. None of the tests have come back positive, but they can not think of anything else it could be. I have an appointment with another Neurologist on the 14th.

Why am I telling you this? Mainly because these issues have been impairing my ability to do the blog posts I need to do and to write. I am hoping that if they can actually diagnose what it is, they can then treat the symptoms and help me to make my life more livable. I thank each of you that continue to follow me despite my on again, off again situation. Even though I do not always re-blog or click Like, I am reading and keeping up with the blogs that I follow. Though my body is acting up (if it were a child she would have been spanked a long time ago! Time out certainly has NOT been helping.) my mind is still swirling and twirling, craving knowledge and stimulation. You have all helped to keep me sane 🙂 Thank you. ❤

A very interesting blog, and question. Worth the read!

Brian Rush


In the context of a fantasy story, can magic and technology coexist? Can they occupy the same world with the same set of natural laws? If so, can they be practiced by the same individual? Or does magic interfere with technology or vice-versa?

As fantasy fiction reflects spirituality, being in fact the ancient art of mythcrafting, the way this question is answered (of course there is no one correct answer) resonates with another question: Are science and religion compatible? The fantasy question is open ended. One may do anything in fiction as long as the end result is a good story. But for fantasy as mythic enterprise, the story should have relevance to the world we live in and, at best, spiritual resonance.

The religious/scientific question is the place to start for that reason in my opinion. The more so as it touches upon a number of core questions for…

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That is how I feel lately. I have been trying for almost a year now to re-write my YA novel. I was in a critique group that over-critiqued to the point where I cut half of my novel! I put it away for more than a year and then took the brave step on working to “fix” it. And why not? It only took my nine years to write it (including all the research)! I get an idea of how to tweak it, get really excited, and then…wham! Today, I had an idea and started working through it how I might change my work to fit the new scenario and in just over an hour I had thoroughly and completely thrashed the idea into oblivion. So, I have two choices: 1) get a new idea and work it to death before even writing a word, like I have been doing, or 2) take the wonderful idea I had and start all over. Throw out the world that I lovingly created–all five races (complete with religion, politics, and culture)–all seven major characters (including protagonist and antagonist). I think it’s time to run away from home (the one in my head) and start fresh. I need to learn to clean out the cobwebs in my creativity and just go for it. What do I have to lose? Well, besides 11 years…but in the end, I think it will be worth it. Don’t you? Maybe I need to have a funeral and bury all my drafts, notes, maps, etc in the backyard (figuratively anyway–I can’t mess up our new yard!). Being a writer certainly isn’t for the faint of heart!

We finally moved into our new house in November. A long time ago, you say? Yes, I know. But I literally just unpacked my “office” and “sewing room” today. I finally have a desk! And, I found all of my writing stuff. So, hopefully, you shall see more from me from now on. I hope you stuck with me. If so, thanks for that. I appreciate it. I have missed my writing :(.


Living history is truly intriguing and helps us to keep in touch with where we come from, and hence, to connect with what we are. Great blog.

The Heritage Journal

A guest post by Pip Richards, of the Sustainable Trust.

The Sustainable Trust’s archaeological investigations at Carwynnen Quoit have produced a tantalising look at life in Neolithic times. Run as a community archaeology project and reported by Jacky Nowakowski and James Gossip of Cornwall Council’s Historic Environment, the excavation revealed the full extent of the original footprint of this megalithic monument. Massive socketholes for the three principal granite uprights were discovered. Members of the Cornwall Archaeological Society were among the team whose major discovery was a largely intact and well-preserved artificial chamber “floor”.

This paving was made up of two elements, one of which was a narrow strip of compacted small stones which formed a hard- standing surface arranged in a doughnut-like circuit.  This circuit wrapped around, and contained within, a pavement made up of larger stones. Both surfaces would have been protected by the suspended capstone when it was…

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A great blog and explanation of the creation of worlds. Fantastic!

Brian Rush

The art of fantasy storytelling is in its main points just the art of storytelling, where characterization and plot and style are the elements of a good tale. But what makes fantasy fantasy instead of some other sort of storytelling is the fantastic elements, and in the art of world-building one can (but need not, necessarily) go hog-wild.

Normally, one doesn’t. Most fantasy worlds start with some historical world as a canvas (or the present-day world) and add some fantasy elements in a controlled, moderate way to differentiate it from the historical reality. One can easily recognize the template of Medieval Europe in Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire, for example, even though Europe in the Middle Ages didn’t have dragons, icy Others, or weirdly elongated seasons.

In some, maybe most, fantasy world-building, this is the format: the strange and fantastic is subtle. But here are some examples of…

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