Traditional Fantasy vs Contemporary Fantasy (& Mah Plans – 20/10)


You guys know I write fantasy, right? From the urban setting that forms the backdrop to my Saar’s Legacy trilogy, to the sprawling, pure fantasy world I created for my RPG characters to run around in.

I write both. I love both. Traditional fantasy and contemporary fantasy (or urban and high fantasy) are two forms of the same fantastic genre. They are so different and yet so alike.

I’m going to spend some talk talking about both in brief and why I like them. Also in the coming weeks I should have examples of what I consider to be urban fantasy (and why) and what I consider to be high fantasy (the same). I’ll talk about the worlds I ‘created’ for Saar’s Legacy and Gaea which, though superficially different, are also incredibly similar.

I’ll also talk a bit more about the project that will follow completion of Saar’s Legacy and how I plan to control that sprawling behemoth and turn a 300k story (which was initially a prologue intended to introduce the main story – *sigh*) into something more reader friendly and manageable from an author perspective.

Expect plenty of gushing about Tolkien, Robert Jordan, George RR Martin and Katherine Kerr. Prepare to be stunned as I tell you about authors I’ve not read and just how many books actually currently live on my ‘to read’ list (don’t let Goodreads fool you, I just haven’t put everything on there yet).

I’ll talk about specific characters, made up languages, dragons, magic, vampires, sword fists, guns, car chases, blood, werewolves, myths and legends, gods, monsters and demons. I’m going to have a lot of fun over the next few weeks and I hope you do too.

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Last week

Ooooh, this is going to be hilarious.

Finalise SORB’s press release
…next!

Yellow happy smile from wikimedia commonsComplete 40 pages of SORB edits
Done. *phew* Gotta keep pushing.

Approach seven individuals regarding my blog bounce (that’s only one a day)
…Three.

Decide on content and frequency of tweets regarding SORB’s release
Kinda. I mean yes, it’s done. Just not totally happy with the content yet.

Find one group on Goodreads that is reader friendly
Got one. They’re a lovely bunch but I’ve just not been able to sit and chat with them as often as I’d like. *sigh* Maybe this week.

Visit two peer blogs per day
On average, yes. Per actual day, no.

Pen2This Week

I need to put some effort into actually getting more of this stuff done. Enough is enough now.

  1. Finalise SORB’s press release
  2. Complete 40 pages of SORB edits
  3. Approach seven individuals regarding my blog bounce (that’s only one a day)
  4. Visit two peer blogs per day

It would really be good to do these things before NaNoWriMo starts because once that kicks off all hell breaks loose. I just know it.

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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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