Can I identify what I write?

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When I became a writer and started with my stories, I had to classify them. Considering the existence of so many genres, I had a hard time to choose.

Where are the differences between the genres? I needed to get research done:

My research showed me that fantasy is a genre of fiction using magic and supernatural phenomena as a primary element.

It might be based on myth or legends or even Science that doesn’t exist (yet).

Fantasy encompasses numerous subgenres. And now we are getting to a list I love! The complexity of the fantasy genre is fascinating!

 


 

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What subgenre do I categorize my own stories in?

Here it’s getting difficult. The only thing that’s clear is that my writing is ‘fantasy’.

At the moment, I am working on several stories. I’d sort one of them within the subgenre ‘urban fantasy’, the other one might be identified as “heroic fantasy.’ The novel I work on is a mix between ‘Contemporary fantasy’ – and ‘paranormal romance’.

And here I am now, switching between the real world, fantasy worlds, romance, funny characters, creepy creatures, and magic.

I love what I do! And even though the fantasy genre with its numerous subgenres is a little confusing, I’m sure I am working myself into it.

What is it that I like so much about fantasy that I decided on this genre? I think it is quite easy to answer this question. I can let my imagination run amok. If I am going to turn the hair of my heroine blue and give her gills, who will stop me? If I decide to create a child with magical abilities, who will tell me that it “cannot be”?  I love myths, legends, and mystical creatures like unicorns… and once in a while I need a protagonist being a princess. This is why fantasy is just my genre. (or – paranormal romance, or contemporary fantasy… Maybe I should try to categorize my story after completing it.)

One of my favorite books is a fantasy book. I identified it a mix of Science fantasy and dark fantasy. It is: “Watchers”, written by Dean Koontz. I love this book even though it’s one of Dean Koontz older books. It impressed me and I never forgot it I wish I one day can touch my readers as much as Dean Koontz can do it.

Do you have a favorite genre or subgenre you read or write in? Don’t be shy, please tell me!

 

3 Myths Writers Need to Ditch Like a Bad Ex

Kristen Lamb recommends writers to ditch 3myths “like a bad ex”. And I definitely believe she’s right.
I’m sure this blog post is helpful for many writers, not just us newbies.

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In the spirit of the upcoming holidays, today we are going to talk about something touchy and complicated. No, I am not going to tell you where babies come from.

Okay, fine.

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Moving on…

The whole publishing paradigm makes me kinda twitch and we writers are often at the center of a lot of silly complaining. So I’d like to debunk some pretty myths we writers love to perpetuate.

It’s like that ex who we run into on Facebook and we get all nostalgic and remember all the loooove. But, if we took more than 30 seconds to think. Really THINK? We’d remember why we were combing Craig’s List for a hit man willing to be paid in unredeemed Starbucks gift cards to take that person OUT…O_o

Same situation. Let’s unpack this, shall we?

Fallacy #1—Old Books Are Awesome & We Should GO…

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My birth name is „Ethel“. This is, as I was told, an old English girl’s name, some independent form of “Ethelred.” That would be fine with me if I weren’t male! I figure my name was sort of an expression of Lucifer’s askew humor. At least he most of the time convulses with laughter when calling me.

As compared to what humans think demons are not only made, they’re born as well. I am, in fact, the living prove that I’m telling the truth.

My father and mother, Braxxus and Persophee, some “mediocre” distractors (demons who confuse human senses to tempt them doing evil) met during some hellish fire party and fell in love. That’s what they told me, even though I strongly suspect they were more physically attracted to each other than anything else. From that moment on, they copulated as often as they could. From what Persophee said, I am their “love bundle.” I’d rather say, the result of this more than equivocal mating became me.

Unfortunately, these two demons had a bet going with Lucifer and lost. As consequence, I was compelled to serve as the footman of a minion, of the minion of the minion of Lucifer’s master demon. Since Lucifer found me and the bet so hilarious, he often used me as his personal doormat and had tons of fun with that.

He thought it fascinating that I looked more human than anyone else in Hell. Both of my producers had scales and horns and except the somehow unexpected wiry hair that was standing up on my head and nearly looked like goat horns I had nothing demonic on me. When I was sent to Earth the first time, I could do so without the need of being changed. People shied away from me eventually because I seemed to smell weird, but after a few hours of bathing and a couple proper clothes I almost felt human and was accepted as one. That first time I discovered the beauty in this new world. I saw flowers, trees, green grass and ponds, parks, zoos and watched birds, cats and dogs…

To me, it was almost painful to sow evil amongst mankind. I hesitated to do what I was sent to do and this annoyed the Master of all Evil. He ordered me back and punished me painfully.

That day I decided I had enough. I know, my kind normally enjoys wallowing in anger, rage, crime, pain, depression and murder. But I was sick of it. I felt like drowning in greed, bullying, sins, and blood. I did not want that anymore and decided to get out. Of course, it isn’t exactly easy to change sides. But the thought of existing within evilness was unthinkable to me.

Finally, Lucifer helped me unintentionally by promoting me to become a distractor. He turned me into an extraordinarily handsome man to make it easier for me to tempt humans by being attractive to them. Additionally, to complete my physiognomy he re-named me “Jesse”, the “Gift-giver”. He nearly wet himself of laughter, explaining, that I indeed brought gifts to mankind: the gift of sin.

In my opinion, he got me closer to what I wanted. Of course, I need to be careful now. Guardian Angels don’t know mercy! But since I am here, on Earth, it is time to take action to free me…

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What do you think: Would you like to help me finding out if “Ethel” is fascinating enough to become a new character in my next novella?

 

Meet the winners of the 1st Halloween-poem contest

First of all, we want to thank you! Thanks a lot to all supporters, re-bloggers, commenters, readers, and of course: POETS!!

You all did such an amazing job – and you made it very hard for us, the jury members, to decide on the three winners! We are honored and happy you provided us with these amazing poems. It was such a pleasure to have you as participants and guests!

THANK YOU!!!



 

 

The Jury of the 1st Halloween-poem contest is proud to announce the three winners:

 

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Bruce Louis Dodson

 

His poem has been published within the third collection.

Please click HERE to read it.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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Jennifer Hinsman

 

Her poem is one of the third collection as well.

Please click HERE to read it.

 

 

 

 


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“FloridaBorne”

 

Her poem can be found in the second collection.

To read, please click HERE.

 

 

 

 


 

 

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(All winners were informed by email before this post was published)

 

Each winner has the chance to choose one of the following books:

 

ConfessionsofacorpslutE-book of  “Confessions of a Corporate Slut” by Jacqueline Gum

 

 

 

 

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A signed copy of  “Red White and Black Lies” by Jim P. Spencer

 

 

 

 

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E-book of either “The Hunting of Timber Manor” OR “Objects in the Rearview
Mirror” OR “Still Waters” by F. E. Feeley Jr.

 

 

 

Morning_at_the_vineyard

E-Book of “Morning at the Vineyard” written by Juliette Kings

 

 

 

 


Thank you for an amazing experience and a fantastic contest!

A.J. Alexander and the great judges: F. E. Feeley Jr., Jim Spencer, Pat Shannon and Juliette Kings

34 Writing Terms For Serious Writers

Cathleen Townsend provided us with an excellent educating article about writing terms for serious writers, which I think is definitely worth to share. Thank you, Cathleen.

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dictionary2Part of being a writer is expanding your knowledge of our craft. A better vocabulary about the technical aspects of writing can help you to become a more proficient wordsmith. It’s very difficult to speak intelligently about something if you lack the proper words.

I found these definitions via a tweet from Jenn Flynn-Shon (@jennshon), and I thought I’d share the best of them with you.

It’s well worth checking out the original article for the full list, especially since they’ve got more useful writing posts in their menu.

https://www.butte.edu/departments/cas/tipsheets/style_purpose_strategy/definitions.html

Alliteration: The repetition of the same sound in successive words, usually, but not necessarily, at the beginning of words: Blown buds of barren flowers

Apostrophe: A figure of speech in which the absent is addressed as if present, the dead as if alive, or the inanimate and abstract as if animate and concrete: Come, Sleep; O Sleep!

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Joke of the Day

Monday Funnies – Tuesday Funnies… no matter when Funnies, I’m sure you’re going to have a good laugh. Thanks Nutsrok for the fun you’re sharing!

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A lady walked into a drugstore and told the pharmacist she needed some cyanide right away. The pharmacist naturally was concerned by such a request and asked, “Why in the world do you need cyanide?”

The lady then explained that she needed it to poison her husband. The pharmacist’s eyes got big and he said, “I can’t give you cyanide to kill your husband! That’s against the law! I’ll lose my license. They’ll throw both of us in jail and all kinds of bad things will happen! Absolutely not! You cannot have any cyanide!”

The lady reached into her purse and pulled out a picture of her husband in bed with the pharmacist’s wife.

The pharmacist looked at the picture and replied, “Well, now. You didn’t tell me you had a prescription.”

Two kids talking:

Polly: “Does your grandmother read the Bible?”
Elaine: “Sure does. Day and night.”
Polly: “But…

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