In my regular trawl through the grimy cesspit that is the internet, I occasionally stumble across an author’s blog. Now, most of these are pretty ordinary affairs, limited to a bit of B grade self promotion. It seems many authors haven’t figured out that writing a ‘promotional’ blog is a specific skill that needs to be developed and honed just like their novel writing. But every now and then I come across one I like so much I have to subscribe to it.

Some of these authors I haven’t read.

Christopher Moore He writes fantasy humour and I probably will read his stuff, if I can ever find it. The layout of his blog is a bit different, but his site is really well set up to support the community of readers. The photos from his trip to England are just wonderful. He doesn’t appear to have much of an Australian following, so I may have to delve into the murky world of online bookstores. It’s about time I got a debit card.

Deep Genre is a collective blog (sounds a bit Borg when you say it like that) by 10 Spec Fic authors including Katharine Kerr, Kate Elliot, Constance Ash and David Louis Edelman. It’s a bit sporadic, but they do delve into the writing side occaisionally – worth subscribing to.

Some I authors will never read. Case in point – Maureen Johnson. Maureen writes YA for teen girls. I am not her target demographic. But her blog is hilarious.

I mentioned Jennifer Fallon in a previous rant about dodgey book covers, she is another person who knows how to knock up a funny blog. Unfortunately she no longer fits the category of “Blogs of authors I haven’t read”. I was in the university second hand book shop and spotted her name, so I bit the bullet and bought her first novel – Medalion. It still has a taffeta elf on the cover, but the overall colour is a bit brown, so I figured I could read it in public without fatally damaging my masculine persona. Well, now I’m hooked. I’m not sure what I’ll do when I get up to the pink covered, Lion of Senet.

I guess I’ll just have to tear the cover off an old Clive Cussler novel to hide it in.

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Mono myth Follow up

7, June,2007

I’ve had a bit of feedback from the Myth Man himself Gregory Lemon.

Thanks for the plug.  Yes, the book was dry but I enjoyed reading it.  I hope everyone enjoys the Monomyth Series that I created.

Three shows (4, 5, 6) are on the Monomyth and a fourth (8) on an example of the Monomyth using an unlikely hero. 

Best of luck to all authors! Or break a leg!”

What a nice chap.

If you are writing fantasy you may have heard of Joseph Campbell, and the Hero with a thousand faces.  It’s the supposed inspiration for many fantasy stories; a classic recent example is the Star Wars series.  Before you get all geeky and rush out to read it, a quick word of advice.  It’s a boring, deathly dull, scholarly work.

So, where can you find out about this cornerstone of thousands of cliche ridden, piles of dross dozens of great fantasy novels?

Well, you’re in luck, Gregory Lemon over on the Myth Show podcast has just finished up a series on the Monomyth. The content is still a bit dry, but not as bad as reading the original for your self.

If you want a quick read on the subject check out the Mono myth Wikipedia entry.

And a quick update on the Naked Novelist Podcast.  Brendan Gullifer is now hosting a writing show on a local public radio station (the great 3CR) called, Published or Not.   His podcast is now based on this show. It’s tight and well focused, and I highly recommend it.