Learning the Craft of Writing

To improve your writing, you have to work at it. If you have the discipline to scribble away on your own, that is great. However, very many people lack the discipline, confidence, or know-how to go it alone. For those people options are available and this post attempts to cover the different kinds of offerings, Continue Reading

Magic(al) Realism: the Magic of Myth

Zeus, father of the gods, transformed his love, Io, into a cow for fear of discovery by wife, Hera. She, knowing her husband well, saw through his ruse and begged Zeus for the cow, exclaiming how beautiful it was. Hera bade Argus of the hundred eyes to watch over the cow. Desperate, Zeus sent Hermes Continue Reading

Writing Nature: Ecocriticism & Ecolinguistics Uncovered

Ginkgo biloba, Corsham Court, Wiltshire   Nature writing, that is, non-fiction or fiction prose or poetry about or inspired by nature, is no new thing. Indeed, as far back as Hippocrates (490-370 BC) people were writing about nature. But latterly, it has experienced a resurgence. The meaning of the term ‘nature writing’ has shifted such Continue Reading

Sign & Communication in the Other-than-Human World: Biosemiotic & Pragmastylistic Concepts in Literary Analysis

All living organisms interpret (make meaning of) and represent (communicate) their world through a series of signs and codes. A plant may sense a change in daylight hours (photoperiodicity) as a sign which it encodes as a prompt to initiate flower-bud formation, just as a human might sense the sign of hot weather and encode Continue Reading

Unlocking the Writer-Reader Relationship: tools and theories basics

As a creative writer, I love the use of language and enjoy receiving feedback to suggest my writing has ignited an emotional response. Sometimes, the story may only allow for a brief character sketch, but the reader reports to having in mind a very strong and well-defined picture of that character. I wonder, then, about Continue Reading

Myths: Function, Recurrence, Character Roles and Archetypes

The World Tree (axis mundi) is a mytheme or archetype which recurs in many cultures. It is a colossal tree linking heaven with earth and the underworld. In Norse mythology it appears as Yggdrasil, the Mayans called it yax imix che (Blue-Green Tree of Abundance), Buddists have the Bodhi (Bo tree). In other forms it Continue Reading

Magic(al) Realism

What it is, what it’s not, its origins, characteristics and exponents Magic Realism is a mode of literature most often associated with Latin American authors, in particular, Isabel Allende and Gabriel García Márquez, and is taken to mean the incorporation of mythical and/or fantastical elements in an otherwise realistic narrative. But this definition doesn’t tell Continue Reading

Influences

My writing is influenced by mythology, plants and ripping yarns. I read widely and ravenously. Books that grab my attention are likely to contain one or more of the following elements: magic realism, folklore, myth, weird fiction, off-kilter realities, adventure stories; lost worlds; strong plots; playful language; wit; wisdom; irreverence. For me, one of the Continue Reading

About Me

Welcome! I write fiction to celebrate plants and nature. My genre is magic realism. As such, you can expect my writing to present the supernatural in a real-world setting. Along the way, it is vivid and playful. It embraces oral tradition, and delves into myth to reflect identity and society. As a child, I loved Continue Reading