• Posts Tagged ‘Writing’

    Alan Moore And The Art Of Magic…And Writing

    by  • February 22, 2016 • Magic, Witchcraft • 0 Comments

    A few wise words…many wise words…from Alan Moore on imagination, creativity, writing, and magic. He’s long been an inspiration, and I’m very much looking forward to his novel Jerusalem. “As previously stated, it is my position that art, language, consciousness and magic are all aspects of the same phenomenon. With art and magic seen...

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    Finding Fantasy In The Past – The People

    by  • February 13, 2011 • Book News, British Mythology, Fantasy, For Queen and Country, Researching the Book, Writing • 7 Comments

    There are ethical problems wrapped up in writing historical fiction. Should you use a real, once-living person as a character in your fiction? Their lives reduced to nothing more than plot points and themes? In essence, a human being’s existence shackled to the pursuit of the writer’s own ego? Would you want some future...

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    Finding Fantasy In the Past – The World

    by  • January 24, 2011 • Book News, British Mythology, Fantasy, For Queen and Country, Researching the Book, Writing • 0 Comments

    When I decided I was going to write an historical fantasy, the attractions of the Elizabethan era were many. It was, for one, a time very much like our own, when society was going through massive changes – a rapid increase in new technology changing the way people lived their lives, foreign wars over...

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    Finding Fantasy In The Past

    by  • January 20, 2011 • Book News, Researching the Book, Writing • 9 Comments

    The Scar-Crow Men, the second of my Elizabethan fantasy novels, is out soon in the US and UK. It’s fantasy noir, renaissance punk, historical fantasy, sword and sorcery, historical urban fantasy or one of half a dozen other labels, depending on who’s speaking. Like some of my other work, the story exists at the...

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    Do Schools Kill Creativity?

    by  • November 29, 2010 • Writing • 1 Comment

    Here’s an excellent short lecture by Sir Ken Robinson (and very funny too – he’s a natural stand-up). “The school system came into being to meet the needs of industrialisation… You were probably steered away from things you liked doing as a kid on the grounds that you would never get a job doing...

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