(An 8.9 magnitude earthquake has hit Japan, causing a massive tsunami. Prayers for them.)
It’s been a busy week in the blogging world!
Yvonne at Welcome to my World of Poetry hit 300 followers this week. She’s an amazing poet and I’m thrilled 300 other people besides me think so as well.
Nebular at Cinemarvellous just celebrated his birthday! He runs an excellent movie review site (and does a far better job than me) so if you are a movie buff, you’d benefit from following Cinemarvellous.
Talli Roland’s new book came out in paperback this week! Go show her some love. And tell Talli she’s the cutest Canadian-Brit ever. (This has been verified.)
Don’t forget the A to Z Challenge! We’re over 400 participants and cruising toward 500. And Monday I have a treat – the A to Z master himself, Arlee Bird at Tossing It Out will be here to share how the Challenge began. (He’ll be hosting a gaming blogger that day – now that’s cool!) More Challenge tips to follow next week.
And Roland Yeomans of Writing in the Crosshairs has been touring this week for his new book, so hopefully you’ve caught some of the stops.
Today is another edition of Fantastic Friday Writers! I invite your to check out my Fantastic Friday Writers partners - Elizabeth Mueller, Anastasia V. Pergakis, J. D. Brown, and Deirdra Eden Coppel - for their take on this subject. I’m sure it’s better than mine!
Magic and Magic Rules
Nothing like asking the science fiction writer about magic! Here’s the short and sweet: The cool thing about magic is you can make up any rules. The sky’s the limit! But those rules must be consistent in your world’s setting.
If I were writing fantasy, these would be some of my rules:
Good and evil magic must be balanced
Objects can be imbued with magical powers but can’t be in of themselves magic.
Magic cannot be used to force people to do things against their will.
Magic is an innate ability to be trained - one can’t learn it just by studying magic
Real warlocks have three nipples. Just kidding! Wanted to see if you were still paying attention.
So, what are some of your magic rules?
Gotta run - I got a date at 5 o'clock with a new iPad 2!