Showing posts from July, 2019

Third Draft Finished and More

It's been a while, but I've still been writing. Well, until recently, that is. In my last post in February earlier this year, I was just starting the second draft of my Skrikare WIP. The second draft has been long finished by this point, but that's not all. I also completed the third draft! It involved a few new scenes, as well as the deletion of a scene or two, along with the usual editing delights: tightening up sentences, word choice, fixing inconsistencies, adding detail, and so on. It was a fun ride. But what's happening now? Beta readers, that's what. Two of them. They're good friends of mine, and yes, I do trust them to be honest with me despite that. I've never finished a third draft before, let alone had beta readers, so this is going to be interesting, to say the least. So I'm not writing or editing at the moment, which is an interesting feeling, but this break is very much needed. And I'm keeping busy with other things, like reading

10 Books with Vampires

1. Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead 2. House of Night series by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast 3. The Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine 4. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice 5. The Vampire Diaries series by L. J. Smith 6. Dracula by Bram Stoker 7. Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer 8. Salem's Lot by Stephen King 9. Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris 10. Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost Have you read any of these vampire books? Which are your favorites and least favorites? Let me know in the comments!

Why is Fantasy Important?

"We don't create a fantasy world to escape reality. We create it to be able to stay." Lynda Barry We hear it all the time, whenever we bury ourselves in a book of fantasy, whether someone else wrote it or we're writing one of our own. There you go again, escaping reality in a fantasy world. And maybe part of that's true, but I don't think it's the whole story. Yes, sometimes we do turn to books with magic in them when we're having a hard time of it in the so-called real world. But they can also help us understand that real world better. All good fantasy books have elements of reality woven throughout. Even the most out-there, bizarre, there's no way that could happen books teach us things, make us feel, make us think. But perhaps most importantly, they let us have fun along the way. A lot of us take our lives way too seriously these days. I know I'm one of those people. But when I read or write fantasy, I'm forced to throw away that

Hey, it's Bee

Well, I guess I should introduce myself. Hi, I'm Bee. My primary duties will consist of maintaining the Creature List, or as I like to call it... The Mythical Creature Encyclopaedia. It's basically a way to consolidate as much lore as possible in one area, your one-stop shop for any information you could possibly want or need on mythical creatures. I've wanted to do it for at least 3 years, and Tanya has now kicked my butt into gear. I will periodically ask for people to help make it the best it can be, as I don't want to miss a single creature or bit of lore. And while my researching powers are vast, it'll be made best with the help of all of you. We'll see what happens with it. Otherwise, I'll probably be pretty quiet unless Tanya asks me to make a post or something. Although I might respond to comments, haha. Be seeing you! <3

Welcome to The Fantasy Narrative!

11/29/19 Post Update: This is an introduction to the second half of this blog, because originally I kept my writing stuff separate from my specifically fantasy stuff. Now they are all the same, but the purposes outlined here remain similar. Hey, glad you found the blog section of the site! I'm Tanya, the founder of The Fantasy Narrative, and I'll be the main one writing blog posts. Bee, on the other hand, our co-founder, is the main one in charge of the Creature List. She is our mythical creature aficionado, and a lovely person to boot. But let me introduce myself. As a lifelong fan of books, I once wrote in a third grade class journal that I wanted to be an author in response to the age old question, What do you want to be when you grow up? That has never changed, though as I got older, it took me a while to accept it. I went to college wanting to be a web designer, and I pursued that for a time, but ultimately I realized my heart wasn't in it. The creative writing co