Something to apply to historical fiction, and medievalish fantasy.
Interesting thoughts to apply to fantasy and horror, eh?
Polygon’s list of the best books of 2020:
I think this will be a good start for adding more books to my READ THIS BOOK list! 🙂
Interesting discussions about world-building, from a diverse collection of writers – Alastair Reynolds, Nnedi Okorafor, M. John Harrison, etc.
For us science fiction and fantasy writers.
Obviously some of the authors are winners, but regardless of that, I copypasted the list of winners and nominees into my list of books to read.
And you should, too, if you like fantasy.
Tonight’s Sisters in Crime meeting had a ‘writers block’ exercise: take 3 different images and write a story based on them in 10 minutes.
My three photos were all from a small town in Greenland:
- A picture of a hotdog stand owned by a man from Denmark
- A group of girls dancing traditional Greenland dances
- A view of the town’s small fishing port
My results have kind of a Grendel vibe to it, and a noir aspect courtesy of reading some French noir fiction recently:
Tired of his bridge, the Danish troll opened a hot dog stand. Right near the port where tourists came to eat hot dogs and watch traditional dances.
His mother, who still lived in the water of the port, stole crabs and fish from the fishermen, and children from the tourists.
One day, he ran out of hot dogs.
He called to his mother in ancient Trollish: “I need one of your children.”
“No, I’ve eaten the last one. Get your own!”
No threat to any of this year’s Pulitzer Prize winners, but fun. And having fun writing certainly makes dealing with writers block easier!
Rest well, Ursula! And thank you for teaching me that great fantasy is never just about the fantasy. It illuminates the real world, too.
Lengthy read about fantasy maps:
Sad that the author seems to not be aware of maps that have been part of science fiction universes.
Yes, science fiction is still fun!
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