Monthly Archives: May 2014

Do You Believe in Magic?

Great post on the power of magic in stories. I wholeheartedly agree. I too was one of those adults reading Harry Potter. I prefer fantasy, supernatural/paranormal type stories. Ones that transport you to a different place or time. If I want reality, I’ll watch the news. 🙂

El Space--The Blog of L. Marie

I wasn’t going to post today, but the thoughts were fresh in my mind, thanks to a conversation with a friend, and couldn’t be ignored. I’m in a rather soapboxy mood, so feel free to tune in or tune out.

Remember in the movie version of The Wizard of Oz when Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion discovered the “wizard” hiding behind the curtain? This “wizard” tried to play it off by his warning to them to “pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.”


Too late. He’d already been exposed as a complete sham—a humbug, according to the Scarecrow. He didn’t have a drop of magic within him, and couldn’t really give them what they desired—a brain for the Scarecrow, a heart for the Tin Man, courage for the Cowardly Lion, and a trip home for Dorothy—except through nonmagical means. But there was magic…

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Lazy weekend

Just wanted to check in for the week.  Normally, I’ve been posting on Saturdays, but I was being lazy yesterday.

Most of the day, I played computer games, watched TV and napped.  I guess I kind of took the weekend off due to it being Mother’s Day.  (BTW, happy Mother’s Day to all the mother’s out there.)

I did work on my writing a little today.  I polished up the first scene that I had written last week and took a big step for me.  For the first time ever, I posted my writing online for others to see and critique.  I posted it on Mythic Scribes, a fantasy writer’s community that I listed in my post Helpful Online Writing Resources.  I feel a little nervous and a little excited to hear (read) the critiques.

Anyway, time to watch Game of Thrones!

Thanks for reading.


Outline or no outline?

To outline or not to outline, that is the question.

I’ve been trying to work on an outline with my alternate-universe story idea, to no avail.  So, I think I will put that one on the back burner for now and work on another story idea.  It’s a fantasy story (possible trilogy?) dealing with magic and dragons (no, not a ripoff of Game of Thrones, although I have it on the brain lately due to watching season 4).  It’s an older story idea, so I think I have a better grasp on where I want the story to go.

I’ve decided to forgo an outline for now.  I’ve written down a few major plot points and plunged ahead and started writing.  I think this will benefit me more in the long run.  Because if I decide to outline everything first, it will just make me procrastinate the writing.  I will just sort of do the outline as I go.  I’m hoping that as I write, the plot points will come to me.  I’ve pretty much gotten the first scene written, so that’s some progress at least.  It introduces my main character, a sixteen year old girl (Aideen), and the woman who raised her (Mina, I think?  I’m not certain about her name yet).  They both have magical ability and that’s not looked upon favorably in this world, so they live alone out in the woods far from any town.  The working title is “Daughter of Fire”.

So, I’m curious, if any of you are writers, what is your process?  Do you outline (fully or partially) or are you a total “pantser”?

Anyway, that’s it for now.  I have some laundry to do now, so I will probably do some more writing later this evening.  Wish me luck!

Current writing goals:

  • This week:  Get first chapter written – Progress:  Have written first scene of first chapter (512 words)
  • End of this month:  Write at least 5 chapters (estimated: 12,500 words)

Currently reading:

  •  The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson