Be True To Your Fire Within

“I really like the Dragonsword.” I turned to my Muse, Willow, and smiled. “It definitely matches the description in the book.” “Well, it wouldn’t do much good to have it look different, now would it!” She shook her head in what I had come to understand was That was a stupid comment expression. “But the reason I am showing you this is because of the Runes.” She pointed to the sword’s scabbard … [Read more...]

ELFIN MUSE

No matter how long I stared at my laptop’s screen, the next Post for my Blog just wouldn’t magically come to me. “That’s because I haven’t told you what it is yet,” her sarcasm preceded her into the room. I swiveled my chair from the desk and was left with my disparaging, though devilishly imaginative, response stuck in my throat. My Muse, Willow, who had surprised me with the many … [Read more...]

Write What You Know

When I first started to write, not the forty years of unfinished manuscripts stuffed in my file cabinet, but the last four years of serious writing, I was given some writing advice. “Write what you know.” I have heard the quote is attributed to Mark Twain, but some folks have also said William Faulkner. I learned later that this is one of the most well-known axioms told to all newbie authors. … [Read more...]

Maintaining the Illusion

I published this article over at the Independent Bookworm site last October  and thought I would now post it on my own website (with a few edits). I put a lot of effort into creating fantasy worlds; complete with believable histories and realistic cultures. After investing so much of myself to lure and immerse my readers into the setting so they believe the story "could be" real, it would be … [Read more...]

The Kidney Has Got to Go

“The kidney has got to go.” At the time I remember thinking how I didn’t want to give up the kidney. “I agree. I know it’s not everyone’s cup-of-tea, but I love beef kidney.” Willow bounced into the room, like a dancer crossing the stage, and landed in the worn leather chair. “Ewww.” I could feel my entire face squish as the disgust welled up inside me. “I know it is pretty traditional, … [Read more...]

Book Two Working Title

For months I struggled to come up with a name for the next book in my Dragon-Called Legend series. It has been a frustrating experience as I have had to call the book simply, Book Two. Frustrated because the title of the book is important, even if is only a temporary name (I will be talking about this on my Personal Blog in the next day or so - PeterCruikshank.com). Why the title has eluded me is … [Read more...]

Picking the Write Path

As many of you know, for the last year I have struggled with finding a title for the second book in my Dragon-Called Legend series. Two months after the first book was published, Fire of the Covenant, I started the sequel. A month was spent roughing out major scenes, then I was able to sit down and start writing the actual follow-on story. A blinking cursor sat on the top of the first page. I … [Read more...]

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