A to Z Challenge – Letter N

For the letter N, I went with a scary theme – NECROMANCER. There are a number of necromancers marching through fantasy novels. Some of those necromancers are even nice.

Could you ever be a necromancer?

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A to Z Challenge – Letter M

Here is a rare cover of mine with no woman or girl in the image but a man. A male elf anyway. But my word for the letter M is not a man or a male. It is the MOON.

Do you think he lives in that castle behind his back? Protects it? Escapes from it?

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A to Z Challenge – Letter L

I have several covers that use the words starting with the L. I couldn’t choose just one. Here are two covers. One is obvious – a LIBRARY.

Don’t you feel like this sorceress every time you open a book? I do.

Another L-word is a LOIK. Do you know what it is? I didn’t, until I discovered these marvelous blue loiks, created by the imaginative deviantArt artist Stock-by-Dana.

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A to Z Challenge – Letter K

The letter K begins one of my favorite words – a KEY.

What does the word KEY mean to you? A computer key? A key to a house? A key to a soul?

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A to Z Challenge – Letter J

The J is not a much-used letter to start a word. A small dictionary might use only a couple of pages for this letter. I went with a JUNGLE.

Have you ever traveled through a jungle? On a sabertooth?

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A to Z Challenge – Letter I

The letter I wasn’t easy for me, but eventually, I went with the word ISLAND. A floating island, to be precise, because, of course, there are floating islands in speculative fiction.

Don’t you wish you lived on a floating island?

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A to Z Challenge – Letter H

What word corresponds better to the letter H than a HORSE? Even a dancing golden horse in this fantasy book cover.

I wonder: who they are dancing for?

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A to Z Challenge – Letter G

For the letter G, many interesting speculative fiction words were available. There are gnomes and goblins and grimoires. But I chose a GOBLET of magic.

Do you think there is poison in her goblet? Or an elixir of eternal youth?

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IWSG – Thinking sideways + A to Z challenge – Letter F

It’s the first Wednesday of the month again, time for a post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.
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APRIL QUESTION: Are you a risk-taker when writing? Do you try something radically different in style/POV/etc. or add controversial topics to your work?

MY ANSWER: Not really. I don’t experiment with style and don’t intentionally introduce controversial topics to my fiction, but more often than not, I write about something I feel strongly about, and it touches people’s heartstrings. Sometimes in a good way. Other times, not so much. I never plan to antagonize anyone, but I guess it is inevitable with any personal opinion, however benign.

The explanation for my frequent ‘coming contrary to the common mold’ way of thinking probably lies in my upbringing. I grew up in Soviet Russia, with socialism and communism and all the rest of that garbage as the main state’s policies. So I often think sideways to most of the western population. It could be quite irritating, but what can I do about it?

Even in this group, I feel like an odd woman out. Welcome but different. Most participants in IWSG of my age and sex write romance or general fiction. Or non-fiction. I write almost exclusively speculative fiction: fantasy and sci-fi.

Now, I’ll segue to my A-to-Z post for today. I not only write speculative fiction. I create pre-made book covers for the genre. Today is the day for the letter F. My entry for this letter consists of two covers. I couldn’t decide which one I liked better, so I included both. One cover highlights a FUTURISTIC urban landscape.

Wouldn’t you want to live in that city?

Another cover is pure fantasy for the word FAIRY.

Not sure this is a book cover. More like my visual musing about fairies. How do you envision fairies?

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A to Z Challenge – Letter E

What fantasy writer/reader isn’t fascinated with elves? Here is my book cover for the letter E. My purple-eyed ELF.

What about you? Do elves fascinate you?

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