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NaNoWriMo 2017: Fantasy for Fun & Profit

by Lillian Csernica on October 20, 2017


That’s right. I’ve gone and done it. I have officially signed up for NaNoWriMo 2017.

I’m in the editing stage of The Flower Maiden Saga, so this year I’m going back to basics and writing a good old-fashioned sword & sorcery novel. When I first started to read fantasy, I gravitated to C.L. Moore’s Jirel of Joiry, Fritz Lieber’s Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser, and of course Conan the Barbarian. Red Nails remains one of the most chilling and thrilling stories of its kind.


Now the tricky part will be getting my daily 1667 words written while I’m doing all of this November stuff as well:


A road trip up to EuCon in Eugene, Oregon. John will be teaching drawing classes in the Art Bus, which is sponsored by Imagination International Incorporated, the folks who make Copic markers.


Making Thanksgiving happen.


Celebrating John’s birthday.

And the usual daily chaos that keeps me on my toes.

All this and write 50,000 words? 200 pages? No problem!

Stay tuned, folks. Let’s see if I can make it to the end of November before my head explodes!





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by Lillian Csernica on April 7, 2015

It seems that once again I have allowed myself to get carried away by my enthusiasm for the subject at hand.  I was supposed to take Sunday off, but I got caught up in the excitement and pleasure of trading comments and visits with you folks and I forgot.


Let’s take a breather today and turn our attention from sword & sorcery movies to the genre itself.  A lot has been written about the popularity of sword & sorcery as a subgenre.  Fantasy comes in so many different flavors these days, so many niche markets clamoring to be filled.  Heroic fantasy, epic fantasy, high fantasy, urban fantasy, dark fantasy….  I’d like to share with you some of the writings I have found to be thought-provoking to me as a reader and helpful to me as a writer.

“On Thud and Blunder” by Poul Anderson

“Defining Sword and Sorcery” by Howard Andrew Jones

“A Brief History of Sword & Sorcery” by G.W. Thomas

Literary Criticism about the works of Robert E. Howard (This is not stuffy MFA reading.  It’s at http://www.BarbarianKeep.com.)

This article from Advanced Dungeons and Parenting.com.  (Seriously.  It’s a real site.)

In the course of my career I have had two stories appear in Weird Tales.  One of those stories even got my name on the cover.  The other story saw my name on the same Table of Contents with Tanith Lee and Don Webb, two of the finest writers I’ve ever read in a lifetime of bibliophilia.  They share this same distinction: every story I have ever read by either of them I have thoroughly enjoyed.  How often can you say that about any author?

While I’m at it, I might as well provide you with a list of my other favorite sword & sorcery authors:

Fritz Leiber, Ill-Met in Lankhmar

C.L. Moore, Jirel of Joiry

Robert E. Howard, Red Nails

Michael Moorcock, Elric of Melnibone

Glen Cook, The Garrett Files

The works of Lord Dunsany

….and so many, many more!


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