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I Believe in Story

ImageA month or so ago I made a list of my goals as a writer beyond actually you know…writing books and stories. One of my goals was to spread myself out a little and write for a couple other places online. So imagine my excitement when I stumbled upon a call for contributors for the beautiful writing site ‘I Believe in Story’.

I Believe in Story is a fantastic blog that features writing advice, book reviews, movie reviews, character studies and even literary fashion articles run by literary agent Maria Vicente.

So I filled out my application and a week or so later I was pleased as punch to be accepted as a new contributor!

I will now be posting about once a week on I Believe in Story while I continue on here at Happy Musings as well.

You can head over to I Believe in Story right now to see my first blog post, a review of ‘The Color Master’ by Aimee Bender.

Do you believe in story?  I sure do!

Happy reading!

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Trying new things

When I write, I generally tend towards magic realism.  It’s kinda my thing.  I like subtle magic.  I like secrets lingering below the surface, I like when the modern mixes with magic.

But I am definitely of the mind that as a writer, one should always be trying new things.  Heck, as a human one should be trying new things.  What’s life if not a rich tapestry of experiences, a cornucopia overflowing with possibility?  Sound a bit cheesy?  Maybe, but I’m just practicing for my next new thing.

I’m going to try writing high fantasy.

I grew up loving Willow and The Princess Bride, Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.  I watched Sheera and pretended to be her with a plastic sword and shield in my driveway.  I’ve LARPed and played D&D and loved both, but never have I actually attempted to write anything high fantasy.

Maybe it’s just that we’ve been watching Game of Thrones for the past couple of weeks, getting ourselves refreshed so we can move onto the new season, but I feel the burgeoning tingle of a new idea, a new genre.

It’s exciting to do something you’ve never done before, to step outside of your regular routine and into something novel.

I’m not sure if it’s in me, but I do know that sometimes I get chills from the way Tolkien turns a phrase.  So I figure, even if it’s not in my blood and bones, it’s worth it to try something new.

What new thing are you trying today?