Tag: Myth

My #PitMad diary – a practical guide to pitching on Twitter

In early 2016, Authors Publish magazine were looking for a practical how-to article about #PitMad. There was an event on 17 March so I decided to give it a try. This article originally appeared in Authors Publish magazine in April 2016. Update: The book I pitched at #PitMad was Seal Skin. I'm very happy that this middle-grade adventure story is now being published by Mother's Milk Books (planned: 2018). My #PitMad Diary #PitMad is a quarterly Twitter pitch party coordinated by writer and social media guru Brenda Drake. There are several Twitter pitching events out there and they all have slightly different rules and entry requirements. Twitter provides the perfect platform for micro-pitches because of the 140 word character limit per tweet. At #PitMad authors are allowed up to 3 tweet-pitches per day. You are allowed to pitch more than one project, but it must be a finished manuscript which is edited,…

Poem – The Death of Baldur

I can't tell you how long I've been obsessed with the Norse myth of the Death of Baldur (if you don't know the story, here's the bare bones).  Something about it definitely presses my buttons... This poem is about an early part of the story - the magical oath Baldur's mother Frigg makes with the world that nothing can harm him. I've got a vague plan to write a (YA?) novel, a modern retelling of the Baldur myth; it would be a modern retelling focus on the relationship between the two brothers in the story (rather than this poem's focus on on the mother).  Still in note form at the moment, I'll get to it one day. Meanwhile, while I'm writing about mothers...   The Death of Baldur   When Baldur, her first child, is born, Frigg’s world collapses to a point, As if her vision telescopes upon The locus of his cranium, Its…