Who is on the plum tree?
As a writer of Magic Realism, among other things, the magic is not convincing if it is not rooted entirely in the mundane world. In fact, magic realism celebrates the ordinary ~ there is such magic in the ordinary, and that requires rock solid facts, atmospheres, history, architecture, food, costumes etc. Thank you Shawn MacKenzie for another extraordinary post.
Brass Tacks in a Box of Paper Clips
Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.
― Michelangelo Buonarroti
A 14th-century traveler parks his camel on the banks of the Euphrates. The water is wide and easy and teeming with fish. But what sort? Would our traveler use a line or a net – perhaps his bare hands? How would he cook his catch? Does it matter?
The short answer is, “Yes!”
As storytellers, we laud our ability to build worlds whole and breathe life into pen-and-ink characters. We ask our readers to believe at times the most extraordinary things. For this to work, we have to remember that stranger our tales, the more they must be grounded in something familiar.
I write fantasy. I dance around dragons and unicorns, kitsune and mystical yeti crabs. I explore unknown planets and long-forgotten civilizations. Nothing pleases me more than when people say they…
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