It's been over a month since I have made a blog entry. Life has changed dramatically for me with the recent sudden death of my husband. I have become involved with many hours of voluntary community work, along with trying to freshen up the house with a coat of paint, which is a slow job. As such, I've had less time to write-so I thought it was about time for some fresh input. I don't think there's any age limit to fantasy or escapism. The image I'm sharing on this blog today is of the Kansas City Public Library. How fantastic! It gives a totally new meaning to the phrase "Lose Yourself in Books."
Most people, if asked the question whether they enjoy fantasy, would probably respond affirmatively. It's been interesting to see the resurgence of popularity of dragons in books and movies. Now, last year, I wrote my first middle-grade (or junior fiction) novel, Harriet and the Secret Librarian, and my dragon character Gruffyd was born. Not just any dragon-a red Welsh dragon with cross eyes and bad breath, who becomes a bully in the mistaken belief it's the way to make friends. My husband John had a lot of input into Gruffyd's character, (John's father was Welsh), and my daughter Rebekah produced a beautiful clay image of him, which sits on my hall stand, and features as my Facebook profile picture. Gruffyd has to learn a lesson, and change his attitude to make friends. While I haven't yet been able to publish the novel, I did read it to a local public school class who enjoyed it. I started working on another novel, Harriet and the Secret Ring, back in February just before John became sick. Currently I am about 2/3rds of the way through, and have once again been reading a chapter per week to my class. John had suggested having Gruffyd appear in this story also, and so he does. In the first part of the book he appears in Ancient Rome (dragons in ancient Rome? Well, it is fantasy after all). He will be appearing in the third part of the book as well, this time in Sherwood Forest. More fantasy. I have loved dragons since I was a child, and was enamoured by the character of Smaug when I first read The Hobbit as a young adult. I am thinking that I may try to get the second novel published first as it really introduces my protagonist, her best friend, and of course, Gruffyd. It's a real adventure (hopefully the children will think so too).Long live fantasy, I say.