• queen of stars and smoke
    The A to Z Blogging Challenge 2019,  Writing

    A to Z Blogging Challenge: Q is for Queen of Stars and Smoke

    Unfortunately, I’m too late to wish my readers a happy Easter. Although it’s the post meant for Good Friday, I’m writing this a little bit late and backdating it. Today is Q and that’s a letter that could potentially be quite difficult but this was one of the first that I managed to allocate a subject to. Q is for Queen of Stars and Smoke. If that sounds bizarre and you don’t have a clue what it is, then you’re not alone. I don’t know either. So, how can I make this a topic for my wish list? Read on to find out. A few months ago, I did one…

  • dianna gunn author moonshadows guardian fantasy author interview
    Books,  Interviews

    Interview: Hunting For Magic Treasure With Author Dianna Gunn

    Today, I’m on a quest to find a magic crown. I haven’t lost it, this is going somewhere. I’m interviewing Dianna Gunn, a fantasy author who has just released a new book, Moonshadow’s Guardian. Since she’s a fantasy author, I’m hoping she’ll know how to deal with all the weird creatures I might encounter on this quest. Dianna, welcome to Rock Paper Spirit! What’s the best way to deal with an angry dragon? Rolf, the dragon in Moonshadow’s Guardian, is anything but angry, so I’m not quite sure. But if I had to guess, it would involve hiding. In stone structures, because fire breathing dragon + wooden building = pile…

  • dundonald castle ayrshire scotland
    Reviews,  Travel

    Dundonald Castle – The Perfect Muse

    Back in 2014 when I started working on a fairy tale, I built a world in my mind and transferred it onto paper. That sounds more fun than it actually was. There was a lot of map sketching, town-planning and Google searches to find out what life was like in a medieval village. At the centre of every good fairy tale is one thing. Well, two if you count a serious mental illness. There has to be a castle. In my mind, I always had a local building, Dundonald Castle, as the inspiration for Delappe Castle. In the third edition of Cherry Lips, out later this month, a lot of…

  • brothers grimm artificial intelligence fairy tale sleep story calm app
    Books,  Technology

    The World’s First AI Bedtime Story: The Princess And The Fox

    Over the last year I’ve learned a bit about AI through working for tech website, OxGadgets. I still don’t know enough about it though and wish I had done more research into AI and what it can really do for writers and their stories. I have recently been listening to a computer generated story, written using the fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm called The Princess and The Fox. Let me share a bit of background information about this story with you before I go any further. I’m a big fan of an app called Calm. Some of you might have heard of it. Calm is a wellness app that…

  • lacey dearie waiting for magic fairy tale
    Lifestyle,  Personal,  Writing

    What To Do When You Fall Out Of Love With Your Book

    I wanted to write a blog about my latest book release, Waiting For Magic, however I have one major problem. Everything about the book annoys me. I don’t think I’m alone, as a writer, in saying that I sometimes fall out of love with my books, my characters and the world I created. In fact, it’s probably quite common. A large number of novels that are started are never completed. You start off with tons of enthusiasm and your imagination in overdrive. If you’re anything like me, you start living the book in your head. You jump out of bed in the morning, excited to start writing. You really, truly…