What if certain fairytale characters had written memos and these somehow were leaked?  Would they have changed the course of a story or an outlook of a character after seeing these?  Judge for yourself in Unpublished Fairytale Memos…


Making a Promising Start looks at some of the ways I start a story.  Do you use any or all of these?


I’m currently putting together a specific page on Fairytales with Bite for my debut flash fiction collection.  I have put up the Amazon link on this (and was thrilled to see my first review has come through too!).  I plan to write about what the book is about, how I came to write it, share book cover images and a link to an interview carried out by Jacci Gooding, a fellow scribe and attendee at Winchester Writers’ Festival amongst other things.  Once I’m happy with the page, I’ll copy it across to This World and Others as well.


My post this week is about Robin Hood – The Pantomime staged by wonderful local theatre group, The Chameleons.  I share what I love about the show and the tale of Sherwood Forest’s most famous and infamous resident, as it is one of my favourite stories.  I like legendary figures – see also my Sir Bevis of Hampton posts on CFT!  And many thanks also to the Chameleons for supplying the wonderful images.  It was a great show and very, very funny.


I share news of my CFT post tonight.


A fun show, well produced.  Image from the Chameleons.

A fun show, well produced. Image from the Chameleons.


Main Cover - Blood and Valour. Image supplied by Eastleigh Borough Council.



My posts tonight revolve around my Chandler’s Ford Today post for this week, which is about the latest Road to Agincourt Project on Sir Bevis of Hampton, Southampton’s legendary mascot.  More on that further down.  But for Fairytales With Bite, I take the idea of legends and myths and look at how these should come into your fiction, especially if your stories involve any kind of world building.  My Legends and Myths post discusses why a fictional world needs its own legends and myths to make it seem more real and give good reasons for inspiring your characters’ actions.


Words and Pictures again shares a link to my CFT post but also looks at how prose/poetry writers should still be seeking to conjure up strong images in our readers so they will want to keep on reading to the end of our story/book.  That is the writer’s challenge, whether we write graphic novels/comic books or straight prose/poetry.


One of the things I love about writing for CFT is the fact I’ve been able to write about two of my great loves – books and history – on a regular basis.  Tonight’s post, Introducing Guy Stauber – Marvel at Sir Bevis Comic combines both and shares news of Blood and Valour, a graphic novel/comic book due out in the spring, about the adventures of Sir Bevis of Hampton.

Blood and Valour is part of the Road to Agincourt Project.  I’ve written several posts connected with them over the last year or so (and have always learned something interesting from them.  For instance, until recently, I didn’t know there was the wreckage of a medieval ship in a local river – and part of this is visible at times from the motorway which runs nearby).

Sir Bevis’s adventures first appeared in tapestries and it is known Henry V read them this way (hence the link to Agincourt).  Now the tales are being given a very modern airing in graphic novel form.

Guy Stauber, who has worked with Marvel, Disney and DC Comics, is producing some of the artwork for this project and the post talks about that and shares some of his stunning images.  Matt Beames is writing Blood and Valour and it is also illustrated by Marcus Pullen but to have Guy on board for this project is a real coup for them.  I’m looking forward to seeing the comic when it comes out as I’m a huge fan of anything that encourages reluctant readers to get “into” books. I believe that graphic fiction is and can be a great contributor there.


All about my CFT post tonight with links and images.


Tonight's CFT post shares some of Guy's stunning artwork for the Sir Bevis of Hampton comic, written by Matt Beames and also illustrated by Marcus Pullen. Image supplied by Eastleigh Borough Council.

Tonight’s CFT post shares some of Guy’s stunning artwork for the Sir Bevis of Hampton comic, written by Matt Beames and also illustrated by Marcus Pullen. Image supplied by Eastleigh Borough Council.


Tapestries told stories - the Sir Bevis of Hampton legends just being part of this. Image via Pixabay.



While in the Magical World, Don’t Forget gives five tips for what you should bear in mind if you ever find yourself visiting a magical universe.  Could be a life saver this…


Five Top Tips shares some pointers I’ve found useful in creating characters especially.  For example, studying human nature gives a wonderful look into motivations for different groups of people (why do criminals act the way they do is just one example of this).  You can then, of course, apply those motivations to your characters, knowing they are rooted in reality.


I give a preview of what is coming up in my Chandler’s Ford Today post due to appear tomorrow (Friday 13th – am not superstitious!).  My post will be another article in the Road to Agincourt series and looks at a forthcoming graphic novel called Blood and Valour.  A very special illustrator is involved in this (has worked for Marvel and Disney no less!) and the novel is about local (Southampton, UK) legend, Sir Bevis of Hampton.  More tomorrow.  Will say the Agincourt posts are huge fun to write as I love history and I always learn something as I research them.


The old way of writing a story! Image via Pixabay

Sir Bevis’s story used to be told in tapestries, now there will be a graphic novel about him!  Image via Pixabay

Medieval manuscripts were not always the easiest to read! Image via Pixabay.



I look at Fairytale and other Fictional Libraries in tonight’s post.  This partly ties in with my Chandler’s Ford Today post which went live earlier this evening.  More details on that below.  But in FWB I wonder about what your characters would read (sharing your character tastes and traits helps in building up well rounded characters after all). I also wonder about what stories and myths your characters would grow up knowing and how these affect them and the world they live in.


Learning from the Past continues the historical theme and looks at what is vital for coming up with a real story.  Answer:   a real story is in how a character responds to an event thrown at them.  The event doesn’t need to be particularly dramatic either.  How does a character respond to, say, a row with their partner/spouse?  Do they learn from it and rebuild the relationship or does a refusal to learn signal the end of that relationship?  Characters can learn from their own past, their family background or the past of the world in which they live but it is how they react, whether they learn or not, that is crucial to your story.  Personally I would get fed up pretty quickly with a character that doesn’t learn.  It is what they learn (and whether it is enough to deal with their current crisis) that is the interesting bit of the story for me.


I love posting articles about creative writing, history, and ideas that encourage the use of the library service.  Tonight’s post, The Story Shuffle Project, combines all three!

The project encourages local school children to write their own versions of the Sir Bevis of Hampton legend.  Sir Bevis is Southampton’s legendary hero – think James Bond on tapestries!  The stories are then put into a digital app, which can be accessed at the local library (that closest to the schools taking part in this project) using a special code the children are given.  I would have loved this at that age (7 to 11).  I loved codes and historical stories so what is there not to like about this?!

I hope all taking part in this project have a great deal of fun with it.


I share the link with the above project.


Tapestries told stories - the Sir Bevis of Hampton legends just being part of this.  Image via Pixabay.

Tapestries told stories – the Sir Bevis of Hampton legends just being part of this. Image via Pixabay.