The Question of Magic

I suppose as a fantasy writer it was bound to come up. My question is just how magical I should make my world be?

I feel like there are some stories like Ranger’s Apprentice that are fantasy but hardly have any magic in them; they are just different worlds. I would like my worlds to be extremely magical, in the sense that my world is incredible and new and exciting (like a “magical” moment), but I’m not sure that I want it to be too focused on spells and charms. I have an incredibly charming enigmatic slave in my story but I am not sure whether to make him really clever and quick with his hands or whether I should take it to the next level and have him actually be able to make things vanish. I’m not sure whether I want to try explain some of the things that happen in my story as a natural phenomena or from magical causes.

I feel like I’m probably over thing this whole thing a bit much but I think there really is a rather fine line between magic and science. I would be perfectly content to call my morning coffee magic. I’m sleepy and crabby and then after a mocha I’m cheerful, energetic, and an entirely a new person. I want to have the kind of magic that you find in coffee and love in my book…I guess you could call it the natural magic, but I also think I will include at least a little of the spells sort of magic…I guess you could call that wizards magic:)

Any opinions on the subject?

Well, I’m off to go wrestle with the magical elements of my book:)

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To My Wonderful Readers:

Hello!!!:)

I am back home again after a week of living in the “Windy City.” I have so much to talk about I really have no idea where to begin!:) In the last week I have painted murals with school children, fed homeless, and sorted hundreds of pounds of food. I have seen the Sears(willis) tower, ate deep dish pizza, and splashed in Lake Michigan. I have made amazing friends, spend hours laughing till my face hurt, and learned so much about myself that I didn’t know.

Spring Break felt like an hour (not a week) long but I LOVED it and I looking back, I want to make sure that it makes a lasting impact on my life.

So the question is…Now What???

Well, lets start with a few things…

1. I kept talking to people about how I was working on a book and have been thinking about the fact that “working on a book” can mean anything from working intensely every day to make sure that my dreams come true or working on the book every other month for a few hours. I have decided I’m going to start pushing myself to actually start writing. Like, hopefully 3 times a week for a decent amount of time. (still not an amazing goal but I’m taking baby steps!:) The goal is to eventually tell people “I have published one book and the second is on the way:)” And the perks of this is that while I’m writing I’ll hopefully find extra interesting material that I can blog about (because I’m in the research stages of my story;)

2. I have also decided to try and use writing to make a difference. This mission trip opened my eyes and I want to use any talents that I have to change some of the things about this world that I don’t really like. I know I canย fix the world with words but I know that I want to at least do something…I’m contemplating a new blog… but that in the baby stages. The really little baby stages. Any ideas here would be great! And I’ll probably have more posts asking you wonderful people more about it in the future!:)

3. Considering the fact that I want to get another blog…made me realize that I should really keep up on the one I do have. Anyone have input on how often they blog a week? I was thinking twice (hopefully doable even for me). I feel that mondays and wednesdays would be great!

Thanks for reading (and any ideas)! Hope your spring has been going just as fantastic as mine!!:)

Chi-Town!!!!

I am a firm believer in writers being travelers:) Maybe it’s just my excuse to have an adventure, but I think that when writing, it’s nice to know about new places and cultures and see knew things and meet new people to write about. Agreed? ๐Ÿ™‚

Which is why I’m SO excited about seeing Chicago for the first time!!!

Sure I live in MN which is only about six hours away, but it will still be exciting! What makes it even better is that it is a mission trip! I will not only be seeing all the wonderful sights but I will hopefully be making a difference as well!:)

Here’s the catch: on this trip we aren’t going to have any cell-phones or computers. Simplicity. Hehe, I’m a little shocked at how apprehensive I get at the thought of no texting, Facebook, emails, and blogging! But I promise pictures and stories once I get back.

And of course, HAPPY FEAST OF ST PATRICK:)!

And with that, I’m off to pack:)

Falling Through Life

You know that feeling your get when you’re looking way far down right before fall from the top of the free fall tower or bungee-jumping?

Wow, you do? Good for you! I don’t because when on roller coaster I close my eyes and I refuse to get with in a mile range of the free fall tower or the bungee-jumping…thingy.

But I imagine that funny sensation of excitement/anticipation with of dash, is very similar to what I’m feel in right now facing midterms. If you’re not in school, you can remind yourself that this is one reason you can be thankful that you’re not. If you areย in school then you’re probably reading this right now to procrastinate and avoid the horrors of studying (maybe not but that’s why I’m writing this now, hehe!)

Falling can be terrifying (especially if your afraid of nights like me) but I have to keep reminding myself that I can also be super duper exciting to! Woohooo! ย So if there’s something in your life that makes you a little nervous I hope that you attack it like an adventure! And if you are particularly good at this I wouldn’t mind getting some ways-to-stay-calm-in-the-face-of-stress tips;)

Why it’s Worth Reading (or Writing)

Often times, I’ve picked up brand-new books with high hopes, only to find that the appealingly dramatic cover of a beautiful girl with windblown hair was actually just a mask for some really poor quality writing.

Which is why I wasn’t too hopeful when I read Paranormalcy. A girl with wind blown hair sat in a pink prom dress and stared past me from where she stood in a grey world.

I thought I’d read it for a little in between studying and at 7pm I picked it up. At 11pm I completely finished it and began looking for the sequel. It was just plain awesome!

So that made me wonder, what was it that made me like it so much? And how could I get that into my own story?

The Characters:ย Evie is totally a real girl. The main character has that perfect mix of being unexpected but also a bit of your typical girly-girl which makes her completely lovable. And she’s funny. (I mean, how could you not love a girl with a pink taser?) Plus, I feel a bit envious of her, working with fairies and other enigmatic creatures just seems like the dream life. I love the way the author Kiersten White depicts the other characters as well. Reth, the dangerous fairy just seemed to leap off the page. I’m going to try to do the same thing in my stories. Let my characters surprise me and do things that seem unexpected. Even if it doesn’t always seem completely “in character,” it makes the characters also feel a little bit more real which is the point.

The author had fun with her story: Kiersten White had a great sense of humor. Even when her story was getting tense and dramatic she wasn’t afraid to put in a few funny lines to make the reader laugh and I appreciated that. Sometimes, when stories get too intense, the reader just gets tired. When I write, I need to remember to keep the story light enough to be enjoyable as well.

The Names: I know I’ve spoken about names before, and I think that she did a great job naming her characters. She picked unique but short and easy to remember names for all of her characters. Evie, Lend, and Reth. I love the name Reth! Doesn’t it just sound like the sort of name that belongs to a treacherous good looking fairy?:)

So there are some of the reasons that I loved paranormalcy. Have you read it before? If so, what are your thoughts on it? If you haven’t and are at all interested in some light fantasy I strongly suggest you do!:)