Author: Carl Northwood

Rabbit holes, Heroes and Bunkers

Rabbit holes, Heroes and Bunkers

Not a strange, new Role Playing Game…. Not fantasy related today but just an observation regarding connections. Or as Douglas Adams’ Holistic Detective, Dirk Gently, would put it: ‘the interconnectedness of all things.’ For an inquisitive mind, the fascinating thing about the internet is not only the number of rabbit holes you end up in, …

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April showers bring May flowers.

April showers bring May flowers.

All that hard work in April has paid off – and whilst the results aren’t pastures overflowing from Dragonthorn or Blessed Thistle, Athelas or Elanor, or even a Triffid just yet, the little show of buds is rewarding enough. Mighty oaks from small acorns grow, and all that…. The main news, the big news, the …

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Butterscotch

Butterscotch

This is a short story that I entered in a recent competition. It was shortlisted and received a few fans on the judging panel. It is a slight deviation from my normal sword and sorcery, epic fantasy style, but it still has fantasy elements. Let me know what you think. ‘Mum, Dad!’ Little Christine Walker …

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What’s the Point of a Magic Sword?

What’s the Point of a Magic Sword?

Answer – The end you stick them with…. From Sting to Stormbringer, Gram to the Sword of Gryffindor, magical swords have always played a part in Fantasy stories and myths. Darkness Rising is no different as Bex of Samak is the keeper of Caladmorr, one of the five Weirdswords, blades forged millenia ago by a …

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Welcome to my World(s).

Welcome to my World(s).

or how and why…. I can’t remember the exact date when I started writing the Maingard Chronicles, but it was sometime in 2012 when I first put digital letter on digital page. But Bex’s story started years before then. She was a character I played in an MMO game during the early 2000s. An ordinary …

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The Glamouring of Brond Col

The Glamouring of Brond Col

A short story. Originally posted in The Elvenscroll.me He stared. If truth were to be told, then Brond Col had not seen anything as beautiful as the view he saw now. The soft rocking of the ship did little to hide the rhythmic rise and fall of the young woman’s bosom as she slept. She …

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The Extinction Trials

The Extinction Trials

S. M. Wilson Usborne Publishing 2018 I was a little perturbed when I discovered the local bookclub that I had just joined had chosen a YA novel as its first book. After all, it has been nigh on 35 years since I read one. However, a few pages in to ‘The Extinction Trials’ by S …

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A Passing…

A Passing…

“Aujourd’hui, maman est morte.” Mother died today. So starts Albert Camus’s “L’Etranger“, and also this post. Except it wasn’t today but 24th November 2020, and this is only the second time since that I’ve acknowledged it. I hadn’t even acknowledged it during the service, a strange event in COVID times – beautiful and elegant as …

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World-building Maingard

World-building Maingard

A look at creating the world of Maingard All authors need to breathe life into their characters, build the narrative and piece together the plot into (hopefully) something coherent and exciting. At some point though, that author needs to world build to some extent. Some elements of the world will already be built, a contemporary …

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