FAIRYTALES WITH BITE
Past, Present and Future reflects on this time of year when most of us look back at the last 12 months, relish the present (still enjoying the Christmas break hopefully) and anticipating the future. I ask how your characters do this. What end of year event do they have which would encourage a time of reflection?
THIS WORLD AND OTHERS
Coping with Sadness takes a look at sadness in fiction (I think Tolkein got this spot on with Frodo after the seemingly happy ending in The Lord of the Rings. The book does not end with the fate of the ring being finalised). It strikes me that the tendency is to go from tragedy (see Shakespeare on this, Hamlet especially) to showing sadness as a passing emotion which doesn’t really impact on the character or the reader. What do you think? I also share some thoughts which should trigger story ideas.
MORE THAN WRITERS – ACW BLOG
For my fellow members of the Association of Christian Writers, my post, Making an Impression, is now up on the More than Writers blog. I discuss “flash moments” and the role of the innkeeper in the Nativity.
CHANDLER’S FORD TODAY
The post appearing later will be my annual one of limericks and flash fiction pieces as a more lighthearted post to finish the year with.
As well as sharing my CFT news, I discuss what I think makes for an ideal heroine. I thought of this as Princess Leia (played by the late Carrie Fisher) was my idea of a true heroic princess. I hated heroines who just screamed and did nothing to help themselves. More in the post.