Writer of Things
My head is full of stories. Colourful worlds inhabited by weird and wonderful things and people, and all I have to do is imagine what could happen next.
The genre of my stories is almost always definitely Fantasy, because I like fairy tales, legends, and magic. If it has magic in it, it must be Fantasy, right?! There are a ton of specific sub-genres in Fantasy, but I’m neither an expert on them, nor am I that bothered. I don’t like people to tell me what I can or can’t invent in my own head. I may have an elf hopping around in a story, but he doesn’t necessarily speak Elvish just because Tolkien-Fans say it must be so. He might speak Bulgarian. My story, my rules.
(Two writers I greatly admire for their total disregard of “common” Fantasy styles and their ability to come up with their own distinct set of rules are Terry Pratchett and Ian Irvine. And of late Ben Aaronovitch, so make that three.)
I don’t know whether I have it in me to write a book. Or even a good story. I often don’t finish stories I’ve started, or suddenly come back to an abandoned 5-page intro I’ve had kicking around in a drawer for 10 years.
The hardest part, as every writer knows, is to actually sit down and write it until it’s finished.
At least until we find a way to download stuff directly from my imagination.
Work In Progress
I’m currently working on a recipe book with potatoes. Because there’s more to the spuds than just french fries and mash. Still collecting recipes for this.
So far this is just an idea, but I’d LOVE to write a recipe book involving herbs and spices! I personally have about 20 recipes for dandelion already…
Get Shit Done
I need to sit down and sort through my many projects. I have way too many ideas and need to learn to prioritise what to follow up and what not…
The Mocha Almond Cookies are a special treat my husband requests frequently since I made them as an experiement.
– Gina Herbert
Months of Writing