The Problem With Fantasy Subgenres

The Problem With Fantasy Subgenres

Ever since the inception of the internet, the concept of ‘subgenres’ in fantasy has emerged into common view, with some ranging from ‘epic fantasy’ to grimdark to historical. This makes sense: so many fantasy books are published and translated each year and it helps...
The Apocalypse In The 21st Century

The Apocalypse In The 21st Century

Apocalyptic thinking has dominated the 21st century. But it’s not a new phenomenon. Concerns and fears of the end times have shaped much of human history, whether one looks at the Norse prophecy of Ragnarök, a Mayan calendar or manuscript culture around 1000 A.D....
Yes, You Should Reread Novels

Yes, You Should Reread Novels

It’s a fantastic idea to re-read novels. I’m currently revisiting Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian, a vampire thriller. The story is excellent: from the references to Vlad The Impaler to the depiction of Istanbul as well as the historical commentary on the Byzantium...
Are You Mature Enough To Write And Publish?

Are You Mature Enough To Write And Publish?

One interesting observation of writing communities is the insecurity regarding age. On forums like Reddit, many teenagers and young adults enquire whether they should publish or even write at all. Most answers are encouraging. However, there is a need to convey that...
Mind-Magic: Creative Non-Fiction

Mind-Magic: Creative Non-Fiction

My father and I walk along the caves where water awaits. Our suburb, Lane Cove, is home to Riverview. There, you’ll discover an elite Jesuit all boys school named St. Ignatius College. It covers vast amounts of space and former farmland, where cars and trucks must...

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