The Fantasy Genre Returns

So apparently my blog is very popular over this past week due to a post of mine called “A Little List of Lies about Leprechauns”. It’s gotten over 400 views, something I considered impossible for any of my posts. So with this in mind, I’ve decided to discuss the thing that birthed such creatures in the first place: the fantasy genre.

It seems like the fantasy genre is finally making a comeback. With shows like Game of Thrones, the Shannara Chronicles, and the recent success of The Hobbit, the general public is eating up fantasy as intensively as the upper class is eating lobster. But where does the booming interest in fantasy come from?

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SO CLOSE TO 100!

Less than twenty followers away from hitting 100! For those who are just checkin’ this blog out, I’m a writer who’s currently working on a dark fantasy/steampunk series. So I post occasional stuff about that, writing tips, book reviews (very occasionally) and fandom stuff. So, yeah! Check us out and give a follow if you’re interested!

There are way too many fantasy books with gorgeous characters that have flawless skin. It’s starting to become less of a thing, but still, here’s a reminder. Don’t be afraid to give them scars, burns, calloused skin, or heck, even freckles.

And speaking of skin, not all of them have to be white. Even in 13th century Europe.

Just some thoughts.

Thank you and good night.

Monthly Read n’ Review: Frank Peretti’s “Monster”

Monthly Read n’ Review: Frank Peretti’s “Monster”. #review #thriller #horror

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This is the very first of an all-new regular monthly post, the Monthly Read n’ Review. Today, I decided to ignore all the other wonderful options and talk about the book that got me hooked on the horror genre: Frank Peretti’s Monster. Book Summary: More terrifying than any nightmare, something has scathed a very real path through the Idaho hills, paving it in blood and echoing screams. It lives,…

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Monthly Read n’ Review: Frank Peretti’s “Monster”

This is the very first of an all-new regular monthly post, the Monthly Read n’ Review. Today, I decided to ignore all the other wonderful options and talk about the book that got me hooked on the horror genre: Frank Peretti’s Monster.

Book Summary: More terrifying than any nightmare, something has scathed a very real path through the Idaho hills, paving it in blood and echoing screams. It lives, it hunts, and it’s just getting started. This time, the monster is real.

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A Bit of Everything

A Bit of Everything

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Today I’m going to give you a bit of everything – personals, writing stuff, faith, etc. Mainly, it’s because a lot has been happening. So here goes. This has been a long weekend. Like, a very long weekend. And not too much fun. I was writing for most of it, but that’s not why it was not fun. It was not fun because, throughout the whole weekend, I was tired and stressed. And at first, I thought it…

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A Bit of Everything

Today I’m going to give you a bit of everything – personals, writing stuff, faith, etc. Mainly, it’s because a lot has been happening. So here goes.

This has been a long weekend.

Like, a very long weekend. And not too much fun. I was writing for most of it, but that’s not why it was not fun. It was not fun because, throughout the whole weekend, I was tired and stressed. And at first, I thought it was situational stuff that was dragging me down. Turns out that was not the case at all. Turns out I just needed to start hitting the hay before midnight. For some reason, it did not occur to me to be getting extra sleep for a job I have to wake up at six o’clock for. Don’t ask me why, I don’t know. So this is a public service announcement via Gabriel Penn: sleep is good! Even in summer!

In other news, this is what happened in that writing expedition. Forty pages got either written or edited over my weekend. Forty. That’s a lot, and it’s pushing us way closer to getting publishing possibilities way faster than I ever dreamed. It’s such a dream come true, you have no idea. I get emotional just thinking about it – to imagine that maybe someday soon someone’s going to love my characters and world as much as I do. I think that’s pretty awesome.

Lastly with faith – started Pilgrim’s Progress, as some of you know. What a book! It was incredibly intense, even from the get-go, and it just doesn’t stop. As for whether I’ll finish it by the end of the month, maybe not. But it is awesome, and I would suggest it to anyone and everyone. I don’t know if it’s just my version of the book, but it may be hard for some people to get used to the verses that scatter the story. Read them and don’t skip! It’s hard to get used to at first, but they make the scenes so much more intense. Seriously.

A concluding thought! We (the illustrator and I) are doing some model choosing for the novel’s drawings / photos. She doesn’t have as big of a reach for that as I do, though. We are welcoming people of all ethnic backgrounds for this one, as there are many different ethnic groups in the series. I don’t have much money to give because I’m in college, so please don’t expect any extravagant wealth if you decide to do this. Please contact me at officialgabrielpenn@gmail.com if you’re interested at all!

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