Well, here we are on day 1 of the 21-day lockdown of South Africa because of COVID-19. It is also the day of the first two deaths from this illness. For a few weeks now, the inevitable creep of the illness and then arrival of the illness in South Africa has featured prominently on the … Continue reading The COVID-19 Lockdown Chronicles — Day 1, 27 March 2020
Guess what? I'm still busy with the Ruon Chronicles full outline. Thank goodness for Aeon Timeline and Scrivener! Okay, and I'm using Notion as well to a point for random jottings for ideas. Notion is awesome, by the way (not sponsored mentions). So, I've also had a bird’s eye look at the overall outline and … Continue reading Thoughts on hobbies and writing
I actually watched this video over the weekend already (I think I should as a rule take Deadline Week At The Day Job off from blogging because goodness me it gets intense!). Anyway, he makes some extremely valid points that I took to heart - and, let's face it, he says it far better than … Continue reading Some Wise Words on Perfectionism (By Someone Else)
Besides sitting with a nasty head cold while writing this (oh the joy of the changing season — hello there, autumn, my second-favourite season who’s not being very friendly this year), the past two weeks have not been too bad. The one highlight (oh, and what a highlight!) was finally seeing a-ha live on stage … Continue reading Reading & Listening Update: Research, L’Morte d’Arthur Lectures, and More
Last time I looked at the four branches of "Nith" or magic in The Ruon Chronicles. This week I'm going to look a bit deeper at the magic system that I'm building for the Ruon specifically. Okay, so while the main charms are worked in embroidery, there are also other forms of needlework and weaving … Continue reading Worldbuilding Wednesday: Building on the Ruon Magic System, Part 1
If you've been following the blog, you probably noticed that most of my stories are fantasy, sci-fi or some form of speculative fiction. So you can understand my trepidation when I learned that the genre for the Jozi Shorts Anthology is contemporary fiction. Well, colour me challenged. The last non-genre story that I wrote was … Continue reading Thoughts On Writing Outside Your Genre
In the world of Airtha-Eyrassa (the world in which The Ruon Chronicles takes place), magic and magical abilities are called Talent or Nith.
The last we saw our intrepid writer, she was busy outlining the whole of The Ruon Chronicles and taking Sir Tristan the Wonder Cat for walkies in the garden. Since then… well not much has changed and yet a lot has changed.
I guess worldbuilding a beginning to the world of Airtha-Eyrassa really only started after I read The Silmarillion (which is also one of my favourite books of all time). While I did not start the world by writing the beginning and creation, it was soon apparent once I’d started that it was a necessary part … Continue reading Worldbuilding Wednesday — Worldbuilding a Beginning
Good news! Especially for me — I at last realised what is wrong with the beginning of Grove of Graves and how to fix it. Apparently my subconscious had been thinking about it the whole week after I reread the story to see where any changes are needed. Turns out I only need to move … Continue reading Of Stuff You Realise After Rereading, and Crocheting Nests