Guest Post: Life imitates fiction: the war in Ukraine between good and evil – Anna

Hello!

This is not Rowena. Rowena has very kindly allowed me to use this platform to try to reach as many people as possible.

Let me start over.

Hello, friends. My name is Anna. I am a friend of Rowena’s from university. Right now, I live in Scotland, but I am originally from Kharkiv. You may have heard of it on the news lately. If not, I shall briefly explain: on the 24th of February 2022, my home country of Ukraine was invaded by Russia. Since then, my grandparents have been living under constant, relentless shelling. One of them has already had enough and left. The three others remain. I am in touch with them every day and I try to make each phonecall count because I do not know when it will be the last.

These last two weeks have been a particular brand of agony I do not wish upon anybody. Places I once walked among now only exist untarnished in my memory, while what remains are ruins, hollowed out by missile strikes and fires. I have had to be a rock for my mother. I have felt rage and despair the likes of which had never lived in my heart before.

At the same time, I swell with pride for my homeland. The way my country has come together to fight, how our foolish president has blossomed into a true leader, the world’s overwhelming support and response; all these things bring me joy in these dark times. The only thing I have not yet allowed myself to feel is hope. The situation is far too tenuous.

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Guest Post: Atmospheric Writing by Nathan Hall

When I was invited to do a guest post on atmospheric writing, I was flattered. But I quickly ran into a problem: I don’t actively aim for atmospheric writing. So it’s not something I put tons of conscious effort into, and it’s definitely not something I have a checklist on hand to achieve.

I tried to look back and reverse engineer it, but that was making things harder than they had to be. In my experience, atmospheric writing isn’t a goal. It’s a natural outcome of my process.

I guess I should eventually explain what atmospheric writing is, and why you may or may not want it.

Atmospheric writing has a consistent tone. The very world through your characters’ eyes has a mood, almost a flavor. This is what this story FEELS like. It doesn’t mean you can’t add humor or romance or action in a story that is primarily in another genre. But it has a core identity, and it doesn’t betray that identity.

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Blog Tour: Guest Post – Magical Mayhem (A Noble’s Path – I.L.Cruz)

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Today I am delighted to welcome the blog tour for ‘A Noble’s Path’ by I.L.Cruz, organised by Rachel Poli (@RPoli3) back to my blog. Today I am hosting author content about magic and magic systems. It’s fascinating reading both as a reader and a writer, and I hope that you will check out both the author and the book.

The Mayhem of Magic

It should come as no surprise that I love magic in books. I feel so strongly about it that I’ve written a series about magic that’s outlawed. When I started the series, I knew I wanted to include magic in my world, but I wanted to do it correctly. I’ve read more than one novel where the magic didn’t fit. My superpower is research, and this is what I learned.

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