Flash Fiction: Three Brothers – An Unfortunate Tale

Today I finally got something written to enter into the monthly Flash Fiction competition on the SFF World forums.

For those of you who don’t have accounts on the forums, you can take a read of the piece here:

Three Brothers – An Unfortunate Tale


Visit my writing page on this very blog here.

The theme this month was Fairytales & Folklore and it has to have a SF/Fantasy twist/element to it. If you do decide to have a look, do let me know your thoughts and I hope you enjoy it!

~ James

Stoking the Engines

So I’ve neglected this blog for a few days, due to really getting into writing my novel… and also laziness!

I thought I would take this post to share a few articles and interesting tid-bits from around the internet that I’ve been looking at recently:

http://limyaael.livejournal.com – So I found a really good blog that’s no longer updated, but its archives hold some invaluable information on writing fantasy fiction.

http://www.unrv.com/forum/topic/9867-index-to-roman-surnames – This forum post contains a list of Roman surnames (which I have found very useful). It’s difficult to find a complete list of surnames from this era, believe it or not.

http://sffworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=33392 – Of course, I’m always going to promote my second home, the SFF World forums, because they just have a brilliant community and often very interesting posts. This one in particular grabbed my fancy.

http://www.jonsprunk.com/chapterone.html – I also discovered the American author, Jon Sprunk, who started out on the SFF World forums, incidentally. His novel reads really well and the story sounds intriguing. May have to grab this one.

http://www.novel-writing-help.com – This site has constantly been invaluable to me. It’s got great advice on every aspect of writing a novel and I would suggest reading as much as you can – it really holds some excellent knowledge.

That’ll be all for today. I’ll be back in action tomorrow with my usual vigor and will put up a decent-length article on Saturday to make up for not posting one yesterday.

(In case you notice something’s different, I’ll be posting from now on in a nice grey colour. Let me know if it presents any difficulties or if you absolutely hate it. I’ll change it back if so!)