How to Write Powers in Fantasy

One of the things I most worried about, by far, was that writing the Magick in Ascendent would get repetitive. I’m sure we’ve all come across that, where the description of powers of any kind is drawn out, overly complicated, and repeated every few paragraphs. We won’t even get into the trope of the protagonist…

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Of Gifts Given and Lagom

I was curled up on my window seat, watching the snow fall and tracing patterns in the fog my breath left on the window. I wanted to know why missing someone, and the ache to be with them, seeped into your bones; until it was impossible to remember a time when you didn’t feel that…

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Of Yule and Fire Hazards

I put the finishing touches on the altar, stood back, and smiled. Now, all that was left to do was light the candles. My face fell, and a montage of Yule’s past went through my mind. Fig’s wicked, little laughs turning into a wickedly raucous one. But, she was sixteen now. Maybe she could finally…

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My Love/Hate Relationship with Jupiter

Jupiter, Jupiter, Jupiter. The planet of expansion, religion, and higher learning. Its placement can even be an indication of becoming a writer, as it is for me. (In Libra in the third house). And, as luck would have it for me, it’s also the planet of extreme laziness.  Expansive thought and I just don’t feel…

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Top 5 Songs That Inspired Ascendent (Plus a Bonus Song!)

The current song count for the Ascendent playlist is 46; though, knowing me, that is likely to increase. However, I’ve decided to narrow that list down to the top 5 that inspired my protagonist Sabine. 5.) Work Song by Fallulah This actually opens my playlist, and perfectly encapsulates Sabine at the beginning of the book.…

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Is Your Protagonist a Plot Device?

When writing YA, particularly YA with a female lead character, one of the biggest and most complained about pitfalls is the Mary Sue. The infallible martyr with inexplicable allure, despite being so dull and plain. You know, the one that makes us roll our eyes until they fall out of our heads. Of course, this…

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