A Drift of Quills put their heads together and came up with a flash of inspiration. Fiction! Good for you, good for us. So we headed over to the Department of Stories, picked a picture to serve as our topic (subject to interpretation!), and got to work. Writing to a random theme is challenging. So is keeping the tale to a particular word count.
Behind closed doors we’ve each written our own bit of flash fiction. No sharing until today. Let’s go see how this exercise turned out, shall we?
The marvelous (subject to opinion) picture we wrote to is called “Long Walk,” by the talented Jonathan Bach. There is some great artwork to see on his site. I wish there was more! Be sure to check it out.
Home garden and decorating magazines—and the fact that I live in a desert—long ago inspired in me a yearning for a fantasy oasis. Oh, nothing excessively artsy-fartsy, but I dreamed of a private, lush garden to relax in. Lots of greenery. Trees to enfold our little house and obscure those surrounding us. Perhaps a little artwork tucked away here and there to liven the view and add a little whimsy…
In the Beginning
When we moved into our new house three years ago, there was grass from the street all the way to the back fence. Luckily, there were three mature trees, too. Well, they were advertised as mature, but they were more like adolescents. Maybe I’m being a snob, but I think a mature tree should actually provide some shade! Where was my fantasy oasis? Continue reading Fantasy Oasis→
Cover candy: tasty and calorie free! I collect book covers—okay, and books, too—like some people collect shoes. Naturally, being a fantasy author, my tastes run toward fantasy covers. But not always!
The theme for this installment is “Black and White and Red.” I know, the title was a dead giveaway, but doesn’t that particular combination just scream for attention? Modern or classic, fantasy or horror, black-white-and-red draws my attention like a magnet to lodestone. And fantasy books do it right!
(FYI, I don’t actually read much horror, but I do find horror covers sometimes appealing…)
A Drift of Quills adheres firmly to the adage that you can never have (or read) too many books. “I add ‘Read Books’ to my to-do list every day so I know I’ll get at least one thing done.”
Here we are again, reading and sharing our finds in another installment of Books We Love…
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The ethersphere is full of fantastic goodness—and by that I mean there are a lot of cool fantasy-type things and fantasy-seeming things out there for us to discover! Sometimes it’s hard limiting myself to just five pieces of awesomeness, but if I didn’t we’d all be down an endless rabbit hole.
Away from the ethersphere, I’ve been rubbing my hands together as I plot new tales — and toil away at the rewrites for book two of The Mage’s Gift. Watch this space for more news on those!
Book Spine Poetry… You’ve heard of it, haven’t you? It’s pretty simple, and anyone with a collection of books can become an artist. You just go to your bookshelf and pull out a handful of books with interesting titles, stack them in a logical (and hopefully musical) order, and take a picture. Voila! You’ve come up with something magical!
I have seen some truly lovely images and stirring words. #BookSpinePoetry on Twitter is a great source of inspiration, and I’ve even caught some on Instagram. After seeing so many I loved, I decided to give it a try—and invite my friends to join me.
A Drift of Quills are talking to the Head Muse (Department of Music) to find out what—if anything—helps promote the mood to write or inspire scenes, moods, or any other parts of our imagination. What kind of tunes do you think we listen to? We share a lot of things in common; is music one of them?
Ten Tunes That Rock My Writing
I write better when there is music playing.
I dream better.
Thanks to my mom and older sisters, I grew up listening to a wonderful variety of music. Sadly, not a one of us can play any instrument but the stereo. It’s a shame, really. Music is powerful stuff. Being able to play music gives you an even better boost than listening to it, but listening can Continue reading A Drift of Quills: Muse (Department of Music)→
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… Someone in my family discovered the recipe for an easy, scrumptious deep dark chocolate cake.
I don’t know who it was or where they found it, but the flavor and texture were to die for. We made it a lot. It swiftly became the go-to chocolate cake recipe, but I have to warn you that it does not work for making cupcakes! A shame, but sacrifices must be made. I never liked making cupcakes anyway.
We had a little trouble with the middle caving in, but my son was still living at home at the time, and loved baking. He took it upon himself to experiment until beauty was achieved and the middle behaved.
If I were ever to find myself in a position to build my dream home (especially my dream library), I’d be in such trouble! I thought things were bad when I was limited to whatever my imagination could cook up, but then Pinterest came along and I am so doomed.
Let’s pretend for a minute that I’m more than a thousandaire (my husband’s term!).
Do I go Mediterranean? French? Japanese? Modern? I love all those styles—Clearly, “eclectic” is the way to go. Er… the way to continue. “Eclectic Tuscan” is the style du jour at my house, with emphasis on the eclectic part.
I love our little house, don’t get me wrong! It would take millionaire status to convince me to move, and then it would have to be to THE perfect house in THE perfect place.
I would also have to be able to hire a gardener and a maid. Possibly a butler, because Mr. Belvedere ruined me.
When I drool over look at house plans, I start in the garage to find out how hard it will be to get groceries from the car trunk to the pantry. (A pantry is a requirement!) Then I look for the place the library will go.
I read Secondborn by Amy A. Bartol via Amazon Kindle First reads, and since this was the only fantasy/sci-fi option, it was a no-brainer choice. AND it has a beautiful cover. (I do love me a beautiful cover!)
I found the book very like other popular dystopian books about teenage girls—almost to the point of not finishing the book. Select people get all the privileges, and the rest are basically slaves in need of a savior/hero.
Naturally, our protagonist is blessed with incredible fighting skills, she is reluctant to fill the hero position, and she doesn’t have any choice.