Getting Started In Scrivener
 

How To Scrivener

Part One: Getting Started

 
Evelyn Skye Interview
 

Evelyn Skye

Interview

 
The Last Exodus by Paul Tassi
 

The Last Exodus by Paul Tassi

Review

 

Browsing all articles by Leo Elijah Cristea.

Evelyn Skye Interview

Evelyn Skye Interview 

Evelyn Skye’s hotly-anticipated debut, The Crown’s Game, is due out in the spring. Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs […]

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Susan Dennard Interview

Susan Dennard Interview 

Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. As a marine biologist, she got to travel the world before settling down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor. She is the author of the Something Strange and Deadly series as well as the forthcoming Witchlands series. Today she was kind enough to stop […]

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In The Mix: Fantasy and Other Genres

In The Mix: Fantasy and Other Genres 

Fantasy is a genre that assimilates elements of other genres, whilst still remaining, for the most part, a genre not often thought of as having a great number of “crossovers” and hybrids. Strictly speaking, this is changing with the natural evolution of the genre. SFF as a whole is growing more diverse and this results […]

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Sídhe in Fantasy: From Gaelic Origins, To The Modern Market

Sídhe in Fantasy: From Gaelic Origins, To The Modern Market 

Recently on Fantasy-Faction, Janie wrote an excellent article on some of the origins behind faeries in mythology. This piece will both go a little further back, and a little farther forward: I’m going to talk about fae in a less conventional sense in regards to modern SFF, as well as exploring their origins in Gaelic […]

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Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part Three: Balance

Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part Three: Balance 

Last time we focused entirely on characters drawn from the YA SFF spectrum, visiting authors from Cassandra Clare to Maggie Steifvater and Meagan Spooner/Amie Kaufman. Whilst we’re still not done examining gender and stereotypes in YA, we’re going to swing the spotlight onto more regular fantasy in this instalment. Note that I veer away from […]

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Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part Two: Switching Roles

Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part Two: Switching Roles 

In the first part of this series we began to explore a couple of points, not least of all the idea that we are creating a new kind of gender mould with our misguided insistence as to what constitutes a “strong female character”. This has two consequences: female characters are still just as stereotyped as […]

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Magic In Fantasy – Part Three: Ancient Magic

Magic In Fantasy – Part Three: Ancient Magic 

This is the third article in our Magic In Fantasy series. If you missed part one or two you can read them here: Part One: Introduction Part Two: Real Magic Divine magic—magic wielded by godly and divine beings—might not be a mainstay of fantasy fiction anymore, but it originates at the very roots of fantasy […]

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Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part One: Strong Women

Gender and Stereotyping in Fantasy – Part One: Strong Women 

The problem with the new and yet very important desire to portray realistic, strong women with agency, is that some people fixate entirely on the first part of this – the word “strong” – and take it to mean something very specific. In fact, it has created a stereotype in and of itself. One of […]

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Faeries and Folklore – Part Four: A History of the Fae

Faeries and Folklore – Part Four: A History of the Fae 

In this final part of our exploration of the fae, it seems appropriate to take a look at not only the varied and expansive wealth of literature and that features fae, or any recognisable incarnation of them, but also a more comprehensive look at their time line. We’ve briefly explored the evolution of the fae, […]

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Chinese Dragons

Chinese Dragons 

Since we’ve looked at both the origins of our scaly friends, and their purported racial types, it seems wholly on course to take a jolly meander off the beaten path and explore an entirely different nest of dragons. Dragons feature in most world mythologies, and whilst some traits are similar and their appearances closely resemble […]

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Roads Go Ever Ever On

Roads Go Ever Ever On 

Something important is ending as we speak; the end of an era of not only entertainment, not just a story, but our invited cinematic access to a deep, rich and vivid world. I’m talking about Middle Earth. I wouldn’t even necessarily say I’m talking about The Hobbit as a movie, or an adaptation, either. Rather, […]

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Chris Evans Interview

Chris Evans Interview 

Chris Evans, author of the Iron Elves series, has once again delved into the realms of fantasy, this time with Of Bone and Thunder. This story of war and camaraderie takes place in a conflict that echoes the Vietnam War if it had been filled with dragons, magic, and dwarves. Sound interesting? We thought so […]

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