Archetypes: the Shapeshifter

In Jungian psychology, the Shapeshifter expresses the energy of the anima and animus. The animus is the male element of the female unconscious and the anima the female element of the male unconscious. Both male and female elements are essential for survival and a healthy internal balance. For an individual to suppress their anima or animus, […]

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Author’s Website: Legal and Security Essentials

You’ve designed your author’s website, you’ve added content, and you’ve increased its visibility. Before you launch, make sure you have the legal and security aspects covered. Legal Check the legal requirements in your country and make sure your site adheres to them. Not being aware of the laws governing websites is no defence against conviction […]

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SEO Know-How for Writers

Improve the visibility of your website with these easy to follow tips on all things SEO. The advice in this blog works for everyone, but is specifically aimed at writers.  What is SEO and why is it important? Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the practice of improving your website’s visibility to an internet search engine’s […]

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Behind the Scenes of a Writing Competition – insider tips

An insider’s guide for those who want to enter a writing competition. What the judges are looking for? A good read! Judges take part because they love reading. It is so exciting to receive batches of competition entries. We never know what we are going to get. While there is usually a small proportion of […]

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Archetypes: The Trickster

In Jungian psychology, the Trickster resides at the intersection of the subconscious and conscious. The archetype is essential for the individuation of a person, allowing the unconscious to rise to the surface, and the baser instincts to aspire to the divine. He is the collective unconscious that desires change. The Trickster myth occurs widely across various cultures, […]

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Archetypes: The Guardian

In Jungian theory, The Hero must be challenged with new ways (of thinking and being) to develop and progress along the journey. There may be many challenges along the way, all of which are guarded by a gatekeeper, or guardian. This Guardian (also known as Threshold Guardian or Liminal Guardian) is an agent of transformation. […]

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Ten ways to expand your reading

As someone who reads in the region of 170-190 books a year, I often get asked where I find new reads. So, in no particular order I’ve put together a list of the different ways I discover books new to me. 1. Book reviews Newspapers, journals and magazines review books. The Guardian offers a weekly […]

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Archetypes: The Shadow

In Jungian psychology, The Shadow archetype (also known as the id) represents the unconscious repressed side of a personality, and is often associated with the dark side, in particular. The Shadow consists of all the emotions and behaviours an individual conceals from the world at large. Such emotions may be negative or otherwise. When hidden, […]

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Best Books of 2020

A year of hidden gems, modern classics, and fungi. Of gothic, dark and twisted tales, and South America in translation. Of memoirs and the natural world, sci-fi and high fantasy. I discovered two authors who have become firm favourites, and gave a couple of others a second chance. Most of all, in this year of […]

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Norse, Celtic & Germanic Myths, Folklore & Fairy Tales in Fiction

American Gods by Neil Gaiman Days before his release from prison, Shadow’s wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America. Together […]

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Children’s Collections of Myths & Legends

A brief selection of myths and legends for children. Tales of Long Ago (1965) Enid Blyton Tales of the Greek Heroes (1958) Roger Lancelyn Green. Puffin Classics Myths of the Norsemen (1970) Roger Lancelyn Green. Puffin Classics Grimm’s Fairy Tales (1981) Sharon Publications Arthurian Legends (1998) Marie Trevelyan Celtic Fairy Tales (1998) Joseph Jacobs

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Greek Myths in Fiction

Reworked, revisited, reimagined Greek myths in contemporary fiction. Beneath each book description, a short description of the original myth on which the book is based. Where different versions of the same myth exist, I’ve selected one, and list the other(s) under ‘See Also’. Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg The novel which became movie Angel Heart […]

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