Tag Archives: Marie Brennan

A project of the heart

  We live in troubled times – but that could arguably be said about a LOT of historical eras, I suspect. The thing that makes ours stand out is that our revolutions ARE televised, and we are now unable to … Continue reading

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BVC announces Ars Historica by Marie Brennan

Kit Marlowe. Guy Fawkes. Ada Lovelace. Kings and sailors and sainted nuns populate these seven stories of historical fantasy by award-winning author Marie Brennan. They span the ages from the second century B.C.E. to the nineteenth century C.E., from ancient Persia to the London of the Onyx Court. Discover the secret histories, hear the stories that have never been told — until now. Continue reading

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Let’s Talk About Revision!

Some authors love to draft stories but find revision agonizing; others drag their way through getting words on paper but spread their creative wings as they cut and prune and flesh out the story. What is revision, anyway? How is … Continue reading

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WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading.   To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…     • What are you currently reading? A Natural History of Dragons by our own Marie Brennan. At first I shied … Continue reading

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WWW Wednesday 09-25-2013

Writing Fight Scenes by Marie Brennan

WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading. To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions… • What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next? • What … Continue reading

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WWW Wednesday 7-31-2013

It’s WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading. I’m a slow reader and don’t have a lot of reading for myself time.  I also have numerous books going at one time–a different one stashed by each sitting place.  So I … Continue reading

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Superstition

Have you ever crossed your fingers for something you really, really wanted? Most of us probably have. The gesture is said to have originated with early Christianity, as a secret signal between believers. You don’t have to see it as … Continue reading

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Spellcraft

Listen up: I’m going to tell you how to cast a spell. Take one apple. (Doesn’t matter what kind.) With a knife, peel the skin off the apple, in one long unbroken strip. (This may take you several tries.) Once … Continue reading

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Overwriting the world

If fantasy in general is like the folkloric mode of legends, then urban fantasy is even more so. Because legends don’t take place at the dawn of time or in a fairy-tale kingdom far, far away; they take place in … Continue reading

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The folklore mode of fantasy

We’ve been through folktales (from several different angles), legends, and myths. Where does fantasy fit into this? Anywhere it wants to, really. A short story or novel can retell a specific folkloric story (e.g. the tale of Cinderella or the … Continue reading

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