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Guest post: How to Create a Fictional Elf Readers Will Love by Stand Corrected Editing

How to Create a Fictional Elf Readers Will Love Since the publication of J. R. R. Tolkien’s adventures in Middle Earth, Lewis Carroll’s plunge into Wonderland, and C. S. Lewis’ step into Narnia, fantasy has become one of the most popular genres in literature. Bookworms and geeks alike cherish their next escape to a magical …

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The Seven Ravens: a fairy tale that should be a Disney film

If there’s one story that moves me deeply it’s ‘The Seven Raves. This tale was collected by the Brothers Grimm and it deserves its own adaptation for the big screen. The fairy tales that Disney have adapted often have ballrooms, princesses marrying princes and fairies in common. Therefore it would be refreshing to see a …

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When humans encounter selkies

Most people have heard of Swan Maidens. These mythological creatures can change their appearance from swan into woman. The tales in which they feature often tell about a young man who steals the swan maiden’s most precious possession: her magical feathery robe which allows her to transform into a swan when she wants to. When …

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Of Mermaids and Monsters

Originally posted on thinkingtwentythingsatonce:
? I was a late developer. Slow to walk, dragging one leg after the other in a sporadic crawl, I found other ways to move around. My voice took a while too; in class I was quiet, introspective, studious. So it remained, year after torturous school year: the frog dancing in…

Rescuing Leonid: Elena

Find the third part of the story here Part IV: Elena It was snowing outside, but the windows of my studio were wide-open to let the fresh air in, and the cigarette smoke out. I was reading Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment while the cat slept in my lap. The cover of the book was partly …

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Rescuing Leonid: Rebellion

Find the second part of the story here Part III: Rebellion I was waiting before the arrow-like logo of the supermarket. I expected Leonid to arrive on his new mountain bike. It never came. Instead a flashy red scooter from the 1980’s drove towards me. ‘Your mother knows you took her scooter?’ I asked. The …

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Rescuing Leonid: Adolescence

Find the first part of the story here Part II: Adolescence Leonid and I did our first year of Latin-Greek together, but he changed schools to study mathematics. I had not seen him for three years when I spotted his familiar blonde curls near a stall selling snowman jumpers on the Christmas market, or he …

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Rescuing Leonid: Childhood

Part 1: Childhood Our ten-year-old selves hurried across the Market Square of Bruges. Our bicycles trembled as we rode over the cobbles. We had to hold our noses as we crossed the Fish Market before turning left. The brakes of Leonid’s mountain bike squeaked as we halted before the arrow-like logo of the supermarket. ‘Bet …

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Notebooks, and why they have improved my writing.

Notebooks are for me the place where characters get their voice, where plots are outlined, and where the story begins. That’s why I’ve a duffel bag crammed with used notebooks, and a second duffel bag crammed with unused notebooks patiently waiting to be filled with my sloppy handwriting. I’m not a writing expert, and I …

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Frightening folkloric beings that wake up during winter.

In my previous post I summed up some magical wintry fairy tales. Equally enchanting, but in a scary way, are the monsters that make you shiver, the creatures that will destroy Christmas, and the beings that haunt snow-covered moors. So, here are three very fascinating but truly terrifying folkloric beings that have plagued this planet …

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Welcome

Hello everyone, Welcome to my website! I have to admit that I’m quite nervous about launching a website. Self-doubt is my biggest adversary, and it’s not an easy thing to combat. I’m trying to put all of these uncertainties aside, and go for it anyway. Introducing myself is not one of my strongest points either, …

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