Interview With M.L. Little

Interview With M.L. Little

Dear blog readers, our guest today is known to the publishing world as M.L. Little. I know her as both Melissa and Night (a nickname which unfortunately managed to make it into my Goodreads review of her book).

What follows is what happens when two author friends who have known each other for just too long try to coordinate an interview…

Trope Spins #7: Medieval Europe

Trope Spins #7: Medieval Europe

Second-to-last post in our Trope Spins series! And our topic today is…

The Pseudo-European Medieval Setting.

If you think I’m looking at you, I probably am…

Thatched cottages. Peasants tilling the land under the rule of a forbidding or (on the off chance) kindly landord. Horses. Illiteracy. Market-places full of con men, ballads, and chickens. Plagues.

Oh, and don’t forget the magic.

Trope Spins #6: The Love Interest

Trope Spins #6: The Love Interest

This article was written specifically to YA fantasy writers. That said, its main takeaway is applicable to any romance writer out there!

Our genre is a ripe ground for romance. What better spot to plan an angsty love story than against the backdrop of your epic fantasy world? What better subplot to weave into your rich intrigue and battles? I don’t think it’s too far to say that romance is an expected element in fantasy, however small it be. But when something becomes expected, often what follows is a lack of development… and the love interest is no exception.

Trope Spins #5: The Quest

Trope Spins #5: The Quest

So, I’m riffling through our archives of this magazine… and realized that out of all those fantasy tropes, we haven’t done the Quest. The quintessential (okay, there’s a lot of those, okay) fantasy trope! Can you believe it?

So what’s the Quest trope? It’s, quite simply, what happens when you get the mentor, the chosen one, the sidekick, and the magic artifact together…

Trope Spins: The Chosen One

Trope Spins: The Chosen One

You step tentatively into the circle on the floor.

A faint hum begins to emit from the magic-meter in the center.

The elderly wizard's eyes stare searchingly into yours as a faint blue glow creeps throughout the room.

What?” you gasp. “What does this mean? What is happening? Who am I?”

Why, do you not know?” he responds gravely. “You are — the Chosen One!…”

For the Love of a Word

For the Love of a Word

Most books are geared towards two kinds of people: readers, and writers — who are generally readers by default. This book is different.

For the Love of a Word is a series of poems and love letters directed at writers. It is meant to target the various aches and joys that assail our souls, the transports and the despairs that wring us head to foot. It is a compilation of works by sixteen different authors who want you to know that you are not alone.

On the Word "Said"

On the Word "Said"

Pick up a writing guide and somewhere in there, you’re probably going to find the advice, “Don’t use ‘he said’, ‘she said’, etc.” Now, these writing guides aren’t warning you against the evils of gossip. No, their exhortations have another aim.

But if you’ve been in the writing world long enough, you’ve probably learned that for every piece of advice out there, there’s another one that contradicts it…

Q&A with Journey Characters

Good afternoon, Internet! I’ve brought along the three main characters from The Journey with me today... let’s see if they can behave themselves during this little interview session. Looking at you, Sandy.

Sandy: *flops comfortably into an armchair*

Marjorie: Sandy! Sit up straight!

Sandy: Shan’t for you. Where do they learn to make chairs as soft as this?

Hi, World!

Hi, World!

Hi, world! This is… me.

(Or, to be grammatically correct… this is I.)

If you are reading this, there’s a fifty-percent chance you already read my bio on the About page, so the real question is, what is there left to say about myself? That I love blue? That this created a harrowing conflict in my soul when I set out to design a website that included no blue …

Blog Rundown: What to Expect

In Book News: Updates on anything publishing-related, event announcements, cover reveals, new project hype, etc.

In Legea: Anything having directly to do with my characters and world. These will tend toward more “fun” posts, such as character interviews, trivia, world-building rambles (I’ll try to keep them short…), etc.

In Personal: This is, logically enough, where you touch base with me as a person. Reflections, stories about my writing journey, current adventures, and occasional devotional-type posts planned.

In Reviews: Even more obviously, this category is for my literary critiques and recommendations. Intended for books only, as I’m not much of a movie connoisseur, but we’ll forgive a film if it slips in there.

In The Logophile’s Corner: All my opinionated opinions on writing and reading.

In Miscellaneous: Wherever we put what we don’t know where it goes.