All posts tagged: dragon

A Short Post With A Dragon And A Poem

I’ve never considered myself much of an artist but I love to doodle, and those books called ‘How To Draw…’ suit me really well. This particular doodle is based on a design by Paul Bryn Davies from his book ‘How To Draw Dragons in Simple Steps.’ It’s not completely finished, but I’m pretty happy with where it is now. This weekend I hit 50,000 words for Darkened Daughter so I decided to treat myself to some sketching. I’m awful at drawing straight from my brain, I have to have some image or picture in order to get the proportions right, but I still find it a great way to unwind. Her This? This is my world. Swirling, spinning, stretching… warmth. Here, the mountains grow from seeds sewn from goblin hands. Those not cared for become hunched and crag faced. Ugly black stone with jagged snatches of flint dug in too deep for uprooting. The trees arrived after. Fully grown they wandered in, branches creaking with fatigue, too tired to wander any further. They only stopped …

Enjoying Your Own Work

When Nora Joyce was asked what her husband James Joyce had enjoyed reading during his life she replied with “mostly he read himself.”  Now I suppose this could be taken to mean that he was one of these writers who believed that everything he wrote was sheer gold or just that he spent so much time editing that he could never get around to doing very much or anything else. Either way it makes for a good quote and one that I like. But I have a question I want to ask you. Have you ever read or written fanfiction? I will admit that I used to read and write a lot more than I do now and what I did write I didn’t take all that seriously. (I did become rather popular though.) The bulk of my fanfiction writing was in the BBC Merlin universe, with me shoehorning my own characters in. Other people seemed to think they were a lot better than I did. At least that was my opinion until the other …