Starting to feel like I’m beating a dead horse 😂 @tntwme and @sarahviehmann this may end up coming to you guys in thirds because I’m at a total standstill 😭😂

oh Lordy I totally relate, but I believe in you! And I’ll help you with transitions if you have to send it without them! You can do it!! 


do you like rollercoasters?

I LOVE roller coasters! When I was a kid, my dad and I were “Coaster Buddies” with a special handshake and everything. We “Defied the Five” at Busch Gardens in Virginia and have ridden intense coasters together elsewhere (I was almost born at a theme park, so maybe it’s in my blood). I haven’t gotten the chance to ride a coaster since last summer when I was still working at the theme park (yes, the same one I was almost born in), and I miss riding the more exciting ones! I hope to get my fill when I go to Disney and Universal later this year! 

Greetings Duke *curtsies*. So I know you aren’t really a fantasy reader, but I’m having a sort of mini-crisis about my own writing and I wondered if you could weigh in. I’m nineteen, going off to uni in September, and fairly magic-obsessed. I love supernatural worlds and the stories that come out of them, and that’s what I’m really feeling an impulse to write at the moment. My mum, however, keeps intimating (in significantly more words) that I need to write something grown-up or no-one will (1)


… will take me seriously. And I’m really torn, because I know she’s probably right, but at the same time, it’s what I love. Should I back-bench it for a while in the hope I’ll reach a point where I’ve ‘established’ myself to some extent and have a bit more freedom, or do I plough on with what my gut wants to do and just try to make it good enough that people take me seriously even if the ‘genre’ is one that generally gets laughed at or seen as childish? (2)

*Curtsies* First things first: nobody gets to tell you what to write. If you write what you think other people will like and not something you yourself are excited about, you’re never going to write anything good. Art is about passion. If you’re just going through the motions, that will show in your work, and it won’t matter whether anyone is taking it seriously. Second things second: plenty of people do take fantasy seriously. Look at Tolkien. Look at Harry Potter. Look at Neil Gaiman. Fantasy is a huge genre and a lucrative one. People who don’t read fantasy are the only ones who don’t take it seriously. They won’t be your potential readers anyway, so who gives a shit what they think? They can sit around reading their dry political biographies and chortle about how serious they are and it’s no skin off your back. Do what you want, and don’t write to please other people, because that’s a surefire way to fail. 

All that being said, I do think it’s worth learning to write stories that take place in the real world, and the main reason for this is that a lot of people who only ever write in one genre (any genre, whether fantasy, mystery, sci-fi, romance, what have you) tend to get stuck in that genre. There was a guy in one of my undergrad writing classes who was told by the professor after five or six assignments, “No sci-fi this time.” And he just did not know what to do. He had no idea how to write a story that didn’t have spaceships. He could not craft a plot or characters without them. For a lot of writers–especially young ones–genre can very easily become a crutch. What’s going to make you a better writer, of fantasy and anything else, in the long run, is to learn to write stories that are convincing and compelling without magic, because then, when you decide to add magic, your stories will be so much stronger. 

Lastly: you don’t have to choose. You can write realistic fiction and fantasy. Writers have made whole careers doing exactly that: look at Iain (M.) Banks. Fantasy and other genres are not mutually exclusive. You don’t have to get married to any one genre, and usually, the more you get out of your comfort zone and try different genres and styles and ideas, the better your writing will get. More here.

Share Your Thoughts about “Beauty and the Beast!”


Hey friends! I’m working on a special blog event coming your way this Friday–the first in a new blog series I’m doing called First Friday Fairy Tales. It will be a day where my blog is filled with fairy tale content, from history, to reading lists, to art, and so on! I’m excited to start off this new series with Beauty and the Beast!

One of the posts I have planned is sharing contributions from you about what you think about this fairy tale and what it means to you. Send me an ask between now and Thursday night with the code FFFT to have your thoughts included in my special post!

I’m looking forward to hearing from you guys! 


Just a reminder! I’ve got a few submissions, but I’d love more! I’m only accepting them until tomorrow night (EST), so send them in!