Epic Fantasy Is FUCKING EPIC!!! (& Mah Plans – 18/08)


A Song of Ice and Fire a while ago. Or at least as far as it goes so far. I powered through those books in a way I haven’t for a long, long time. They’re amazing! Wonderful characterisation, rich and vibrant settings, enticing plot. My only complaint is that it’s taking so long to get from the start to the finish, both for George RR Martin and myself. This series of books, collectively known as Game of Thrones these days (thanks HBO!) is without a doubt, what is often called an ‘epic fantasy series.’

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Credit: nicubunu

I love epic fantasy. This is the traditional/high fantasy that often (but not always) features magic, dragons, mystical creatures and distant imaginary lands. Think of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time or Tolkien’s Lord of The Rings and you have epic fantasy. Think of Katherine Kerr’s Deverry series or pretty much anything at all by Anne McCaffrey or R. A. Salvatore. All epic fantasy.

I call myself a fantasy writer, even though all the examples that you guys will be aware of so far are those of my urban fantasy offerings. Or general fiction.

I’ve never really talked about my epic fantasy before, beyond brief hints of the roleplay I do over at the Ice Wolf Tavern.

But I wanted to put something on your radar. It will be a while coming, mind you, so don’t get too excited, but I do have some epic fantasy on the cards. Ten years ago I decided that my roleplay character Ileandra Young (of course that was her name!) needed a back story. Not only did she need a back story, but she needed it written in full because that was the only way to do justice to the incredible things she did and said in later roleplay. I wrote a back story leading into one of the few completed roleplay threads I’ve been part of; one that helped cement that character in my mind.

That back story became 300,000 words.

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Yeah. I know. Granted, I know now that what I wrote could (and should) be a quarter of that length, but there are lots (and I mean lots) of little stories within that mess that need to be told. And each of those stories could make a decent 70,000 word novel. That sounds like a series to me. 🙂

One day, when Saar’s Legacy is done and dusted I’m going to return to those stories. I’m going to pick up that character (who I eventually called T’keyah, when I realised that not every female protagonist could have my name!) and write her story. I’ll write about the loss of her family. The way she travelled across half the country to retrieve her stolen horse. The way she was unfairly accused of murder. The way she gradually came to love her oldest friend in a way that neither of them anticipated. The way she discovered other races and the prejudices of all species, not just her own.

Now I’m older (and hopefully wiser) I can see all the layers in that story. I can see the potential to build something new and exciting from the world and characters I have whirling round in my head.

And it’s going to be epic. 😉line break, swirling graphics, from openclipartGoals for the week… Can you believe it’s already half way through the month? More than that. The year has gone so fast I can still feel my head spinning. And all the time my deadlines creep closer and closer.

Last week

Better than last. But only in that I over achieved compared to last week. Heh, apparently to feel happy these days I have to exceed my goals, not just meet them. o.O Is it any wonder I have bags under my eyes and grey(ing) hair?

Write at least 1,000 words of Boo Books ghost story per working day (at least three days)
Not only done, but I completed the story. On top of that I took the first 900 words to the Phoenix Writers for a critique. I’m very pleased with the feedback so far and chuffed by my own read through completed last night. We’re all on track to get the story submitted in good time.

Beta edit at least four chapters of Silk Over Razor Blades (at least four working days)
Done. And I had an epiphany. Based on my beta comments I’m shuffling a few of the chapters around. Not only does this allow the tension to rise more steadily, but it also completely cuts out some of the sections where folk seemed to drift away. It speeds up the entire novel (without it becoming breathless) and solves the issue of the first two thirds being somewhat slower than the last. Doing this is going to slow me down, but it’s worth it. Looks like I’ll be publishing in late Autumn rather than the middle, but that’s still on track. *fingers crossed*

Figure out what the hell a blog tour is and how to run one
Nope. Well, I know understand what a blog tour is (ish) but the advise on running one seems far more complicated that it needs to be in my own head. Surely I just talked to a bunch of people I already have relationships with and ask if they’d be kind enough to host me on their blog for a day? That’s my understanding of it, but some of these guides talk about paying for services, sending emails through Twitter and Facebook and going through your mailing list. But surely your mailing list are readers rather than peer authors who can help with a blog tour? *head desk* Anyway, I’m putting it to one side just for the moment. I have other stuff to do.

This Week

Time to narrow the focus. This is what I want to do.

  1. Let ghost story sit until Saturday at which point I may get to read the next section at the Phoenix Writers
  2. Complete editing on five chapters of SORB (across the whole working week)

There. That should keep me busy. Taking on anything else at this point would be daft, so I’m not going to. 😉

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About Ileandra Young

I'm a thirty-*mumbles* year old (purple loving, cheese worshipping) author of fantasy, juggling a pair of beautiful twin boys with my burning desire to make up stories and write them all down. When I get the chance, I play games, listen to music, and in days long past I even ran a radio show. Though I occasionally write non-fiction, my heart lives in fantasy and my debut novel, Silk Over Razor Blades is now available through Amazon along with part two of the trilogy, Walking The Razor's Edge.
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