What can writers learn from visual artists? World-building and the Elements of Design, part 1

  A random interaction on Twitter earlier this year began me thinking about how the elements and principles of design can be linked to writing. I’m trained in design, both for graphic art and landscape design, so the concepts were known to me. But I’d never thought about applying them to writing. In this first … More What can writers learn from visual artists? World-building and the Elements of Design, part 1

The Elves of Iceland

    Today’s post is by author Bjørn Larssen, author of the wonderful Storytellers, set in Iceland. I’m about half-way through the book, and I’ll be posting my review soon, but until then, here’s Bjørn with some background on the setting and genesis of the novel. (Storytellers on Amazon.com:  https://amzn.to/2OgxUiW) The Elves of Iceland I started working … More The Elves of Iceland

Legion of Mono, by C.D. Tavenor: A Mini-Review

Legion of Mono captures the resolve of a people’s last military leader in the hours before what he knows will be a final battle. His grief at leaving his partner and their child; his pride in his family’s honour; his strong bonds with his fellow soldiers: all are skillfully expressed. The author has created, in … More Legion of Mono, by C.D. Tavenor: A Mini-Review

Language and Meaning

In the third book of my Empire’s Legacy trilogy, my protagonist Lena is thinking about language: “I tried to sort out the inchoate ideas forming in my mind. About language, and meaning, and if all concepts were universal, and could be translated. About the gap between intent and comprehension, between what was meant and what … More Language and Meaning

The Eagle and Child

        This is a reflection about coincidence, or synchronicity, or possibly about me seeing connections where there are none, except in my mind. It doesn’t matter, really. I am, by training and education and part of my working life, a scientist; an applied geneticist, precisely, and that training and education spills over … More The Eagle and Child