The Newbie Writers’ Podcast
Special Guest: Ciara Ballintyne
Six months ago, the disgraced wizard, Alloran, sacrificed his hand to rescue the woman he loves from his traitorous friend, Ladanyon. Despite saving the city from a demon, his reputation remains tarnished, and the council of wizards has penalised him severely for the practice of banned magic.
Now he learns his desperate efforts to stop Ladanyon led more to damnation than salvation. Finding a solution compels him to breach his sanctions and venture into forbidden places at risk of his life and freedom.
Alloran must choose between saving himself and everything he holds dear.
This week it’s an all Australian affair! We chat to Ciara about the ins and outs of fantasy writing, especially epic fantasy. What makes it so epic? We delve into Ciara’s psychi and the indepth research she does to create vast and detailed worlds… without dragons.
We also delve into Amazon Prime’s new concept of paying based on per page, rather than a percentage. Here is a link to an article: http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/06/amazon-publishing-authors-payment-writing/396269/
Dionne had an impromptu prompt so you’ll have to listen to find out.
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The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest
Where “WWW” means “Wretched Writers Welcome”
Winners of the 2014 contest (Grand Prize, a pittance of $150)
Hard-boiled private eye Smith Calloway had a sinking feeling as he walked into the chaotic crime scene, for there, as expected, was the body dressed in a monk’s habit; there was the stuffed cream-colored pony next to the crisp apple strudel; there was the doorbell, the set of sleigh bells, and even the schnitzel with noodles – all proclaiming that the Von Trappist Killer had struck again. — Joshua Long, Harrison, OH
Word of the week:
From Arlene Miller – our guest in March 2014
And author of the new The Best Grammar Workbook Ever
This is from Arlene’s Miller’s Weird and Wonderful Words Series found on her blog http://bigwords101.com/
jugulate – verb – To slit the throat.