Monsters, Magic & Mayhem

This article was originally posted at Anne Marie Andrus's site: Monsters and Angels What is the draw of magic in stories? Why does it attract us? What does it say about the human condition that no matter who or where we are in this world, we so love a story with magicians and witches, elves, sorcerers, and various monsters causing mayhem? Magic is the potential of dreams and desires. We wish for our heart’s desire as we blow out candles and after a successful hunt for a four-leaf clover. No matter how much or how little we have, we wish for more. More of whatever we feel a lack of in our lives. Prettier looks, money, success, and, of course, love. We wish pain would go away and that our enem

Book Review: The Girl in the Woods

The Girl in the Woods by Camilla Lackberg Publisher: Harper Collins Release date: 2018 A missing child When a four-year-old girl disappears in the woods outside Fjällbacka, people are horror-struck. Thirty years ago, a child went missing from the same spot, and was later discovered, murdered. A murder Back then, two teenage girls were found guilty of the killing. Could one of them be the culprit this time? Detective Patrik Hedström starts investigating, with his wife, bestselling crime writer Erica Falck, by his side A community torn apart But as Patrik and Erica dig deeper, it seems that everyone in the tight-knit community is hiding something. And soon, the residents must confront the fact

Points in time and the writing journey

Points in time keep us moving. Milestones, either real world achievements or in our heads add to our sense of productivity, achievement, and well-being. The outcome is not as important as the journey and it’s important to not look too far ahead. If you’re only thinking about the end, you miss out on everything that goes into our lives. It’s the same for writing. If you’re just starting out then the important thing is to get a first draft written, all your ideas down and into some semblance of a progressing storyline. This is not the time to worry too much about whether your writing is perfect, storyline is perfectly plotted or the time to think too much about finding editors or publishers. T

Recharging in Batemans Bay

Recharging the batteries with an extra long weekend away down the south coast proved to be something of a revelation. We chose to stay in a nice holiday apartment by the bridge in Bateman’s Bay. A short walk from river, beaches, shops, cafes, and the Soldier’s Club meant we could satisfy all our interests and get in plenty of exercise at the same time. A total win-win situation! I wasn’t going to push myself with the writing, but I packed my IPad and a notebook just in case. I haven’t been able to settle on reading a paperback – I have a nice little stack waiting for my attention, but I just can’t get into it. As my IPad is also stocked with a Kindle app, I hoped for a general weekend of rea

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