author of the chronicles of narnia

Oh, my dear child
you were much too young
for everything
they put you through

Pushed out of Narnia
without bow
without arrows
without crown
so you held your head
and found
new weapons

Exchanged queenship for
bow for
arrows for
your red sweet smile
for boys
and parties
and laughter

You keep fighting
for all that you
for all that they
have been

Because you are
a queen
you are
the gentle queen
the one
who smiles
while everyone else
stains the ground with
deep red

You are a woman
in a girl’s
and they
were your
and they’re gone

And you stay behind

Build yourself a life
from graves
from ashes and
corpses and
a kingdom that will
be yours again

Build it from
and smile
a rosary
slipping through your fingers
a prayer on
lipstick red lips

You are a queen
and you will


an ode to the last surviving Queen of Old, unknown author, ca 1950, found in a trunk, property of one Susan Wilder, born Pevensie {the one who lived on, with lipsticks and nylons and boys, the one who buried them all}

(attached is an image of the ode in its original state)

What is Narnia Week?

Narnia Week is a week celebrating C.S. Lewis’ most famous fantasy series - The Chronicles of Narnia, and the author himself. (The intention is to focus mainly on the original literary series.) Everyone is welcome to participate, and any type of work is acceptable. Tag your posts with #narniaweek2017 to be featured on the blog.

When is it?

6-12th August

The themes:

Day 1: Favourite Female Character
Day 2: Favourite Male Character 
Day 3: Favourite Non-Human Character 
Day 4: Favourite Book
Day 5: Favourite Movie
Day 6: Favourite Quote - from the books, movies, or by C.S. Lewis 
Day 7: Free Flow - e.g. AUs, themes of the books/movies, costumes, casts, locations etc.

Note: Narnia Week focuses on C.S. Lewis’ original literary series, but other media types are welcome. Should you have any questions at all, please feel free to send me a message :)

Follow this blog for more updates - there will be promos/reminders as time draws close. And please reblog this so no one misses out!

I hope to see you all soon! :) In the mean time, have a lovely summer and remember to live loved.

anonymous asked:

Hello! So I was scouring the Internet for advice today but I couldn't find any on this topic. My problem isn't that I don't have any ideas (I probably have too many) but the problem is that I don't LOVE any of my ideas. I like them. I think they're all fine ideas. But liking them isn't going to motivate me long enough to finish a novel. How can I give my ideas that extra uumph to make me love them? How can I figure out what's missing or why I don't feel this way about any of my ideas?

Hello, nonny!  What a challenging question…  This one’s been in my inbox a couple days, just because it’s such a big question.  But I’ve thought it over and I think I have some ideas for you :)

The Thrill Is Gone – How to Find It Again

So generally, there’s no one answer or cure-all to this problem.  I’ve had this issue multiple times, with different causes.  My first novel didn’t have enough meat to the plot; my second novel had been over-planned in my head to the point that it no longer excited me.  My third novel had way too much plot, so that by the time I got ¾ the way through, I’d written over 200K words and felt sick of the idea.  I started my fourth novel way too soon, and am now going back and planning it more!  So there are obviously many different reasons that a story doesn’t take off (or dries up eventually).

The first step is to figure out what’s missing, like you said.  There are a few aspects of your story to assess…

1. Plot

I’m discussing plot first because, to me, it’s the most important part of fiction.  Plot, conflict, and stakes are foremost to my stories.  You could have the most complex and sympathetic characters, but without plot, they’re static and become boring.  But for some reason, this is the part of story ideas that new authors neglect most!

So if your story has great characters and an immersive setting, but you can’t get into it, try asking a few questions about your plot:

  • What is the point of the plot?  What’s the message you’re conveying in the story?  Even if your story isn’t an allegory or a metaphor or the next Chronicles of Narnia, there should always be a conclusion to which all plots arrive – otherwise, the story can feel aimless.  The best way to find your message is to look at the conflicts involved (e.g. Man vs. Man, Man vs. Nature, etc.) and find the “winner”.  What worldview, belief, or concept “defeats” the other concepts?  It can be as simple as Good vs. Evil, or more complex, like Loving the Sincere Drug Addict vs. Settling for the Selfish Dentist (provokes the question “Is love worth danger in relationships?”).
  • Does the plot have ups and downs?  And really consider both ends of the spectrum here.  Stories become dull if they are made up of victory after victory – or if they’re made up of nothing but loss and tragedy.  No matter the genre, you have to strike some sort of balance, lest the story become predictable and emotionally non-engaging.  Find victories and failures, even in unassuming places, to keep readers invested and hopeful.
  • Do you have a satisfactory ending?  Or do you have the ending     planned yet?  I’ve found that I can’t really commit to an idea unless I see a resolution – otherwise I feel too nervous to start.  If you do have an ending planned, make sure it’s the right ending.  It can feel like there’s one possible conclusion, and once you’ve found it, you stick to it – but question it, brainstorm it.  It may not be a happy ending every time, but when you find the right one, you’ll know it.
  • Do you have the right plot at all?  Look at your story as a whole.  Does it start too early or too late, relative to the real meat,     the real action?  Is it told from the most impactful POV?  Does the plot cover too much ground for one book, or is it not enough to fill the pages?  Consider all the characters, backstories, and subplots you have, and ask yourself if any of them are more interesting than the main plot.  If so, shift your focus.  Use them instead.

2. Characters

Maybe it’s not your plot that’s going sideways.  Maybe you have it all worked out – the head, the tail, the whole damn thing – but it still doesn’t feel right.  It doesn’t feel like it’s coming to life, somehow.  It feels flat.

That can be a character problem.  It would be like sitting by the campfire and hearing the most fascinating, horrifying story, except it’s told by a man with The Most Boring Voice Who Talks So Incredibly Slowly and Takes All the Fun Out of Everything.  An example: The Hunger Games.  Those books bored the crap out of me.  Unless someone was being killed or Haymitch and Effie were interacting, I just didn’t care.  And those books had a great plot behind them!

So here’s what you need for a good cast of characters:

  • A solid protagonist.  Solid = three-dimensional, empathetic, and relatable; having a goal, an internal conflict, a self-image, and fears or shame.  They should have different facets of themselves – their head and their heart, their desires and doubts, and that little voice in their head that says, “Give up on that.  Be realistic.”  Give them strengths, weaknesses, and a couple of bad habits, for kicks.
  • A variety of supporting characters.  You don’t have to have thirty characters + six secret characters stuffed under your trench coat; but with however many characters you have, make them as different from each other as possible.  Give them some similarities, of course, so that they can relate to each other – but never make them so close together that you have to decide, “Who should say this line?  Character A or Character B?”  Make them unique enough that the words come out of their mouths, instead of you having to decide where to put the words, yourself.
  • Relationships, relationships, relationships.  And I’m not talking about romantic relationships.  I mean, sure, those too – but there are many different kinds of relationships to explore.  Friendships, enemy-ships (?), parent relationships, sibling-ships, silent alliances, “annoying friend-of-a-friend”-ships, “my-ex’s-little-sister”-ships, “you’re-the-ruler-of-the-galaxy-and-a-Sith-lord-but-also-my-dad-please-stop-being-evil”-ships…  You get the idea.  Make them unique, make them strong, and allow them to evolve over the course of the story.
  • Diverse morals, interests, and personalities.  My first short stories focused on white middle-class people who were culturally and politically identical.  They lived in one house, usually, and watched the same TV shows and made the same references.  They had the same sense of humor.  They rarely disagreed on anything that wasn’t clear-cut (e.g. “You drank the last Pepsi!”  “I was thirsty!”).  So do yourself a favor and don’t make my mistakes.  Give your characters unique ethics, cultures, backgrounds, personalities, goals, appearances, and conflicts.  You’ll be more invested by then, I’m sure.

3. Setting

Lastly, I’d like to add that while your characters and plot could be well-developed, there’s always a chance that they’re placed in the wrong setting.  This is why many story ideas can seem great, but won’t get off the ground – maybe they’re set in a pre-made universe like Middle Earth or Panem when they could be their own story.  Maybe your tragic romance is set in the middle of apocalyptic war, when instead, it should be drained down to a period piece.  Maybe your story is perfect, except you’re writing it too close to home – in the real world, in the present year.  There are a million factors to picking the right setting, including:

  • Applicable history and culture.  If you’re writing a story about someone who’s oppressed, or someone who’s a politician, or someone who’s a witch, you’re going to need to back that up with history.  Develop a history for the oppression or politics or witchcraft – where these things began, how they developed over time – and a culture for them now – how oppressed people survive and how witches in your world interact, etc.
  • Imaginative scenery, influenced by the characters.  Even if your story takes place in New York City in 2017, allow your characters’ living spaces and workplaces to have a unique touch – colors and quirks that your readers can see in their mind.  If even you can’t see what you’re writing, inspiration is going to be difficult to find.
  • A lifelike background.  Just because the plot focuses on your characters does not mean everything going on behind it should be quiet and dead.  Anyone who looks out a window in a city building can see other people living – people on the highway will see other cars taking other people other places.  Everyone who has a friend will hear a little something about their friend’s siblings, their friend’s friends, their friend’s neighbors.  Life and stories exist outside of your plot; make sure you’re not writing about a ship in a bottle.
  • An aesthetic.  That sounds gross and teen-tumblr-y, but let me tell you personally: I don’t feel truly ready to write (and love) my story until I can hear the music for the future movie adaptation – until I can see the kind of clothes the people wear, the games they play, the places they eat and shop.  I think of the colors and themes in my scenes (e.g. my first novel was set primarily at night in a grunge/city setting; my current novel is very green and outdoorsy and gives me that feeling of bonfires just after sunset).  Once you get that “feeling” from your story, you’ll know it.

Anyway, this reply took me like three days to write because I really wanted to get into it.  I hope some of this helps you to fall in love with one of your ideas, so you can get started :)  If you have any more questions, be sure to send them in!

(I have 26 questions in the inbox, though, so be patient with me…)

If you need advice on writing, fanfiction, or NaNoWriMo, you should maybe ask me!


Up until last year, we lived in the small town of Malvern, in Worcestershire (we’ve not gone far, just a bit further west).

C.S Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia, liked to spend evenings in the Unicorn Pub in Malvern (it’s still open today) with his friends – including J.R.R. Tolkien (Lord of the Rings). So the story goes, one winter’s night, as Lewis left the pub, his attention was caught by an old gas lamp, surrounded by swirling snow. Lewis commented to his friends that the scene would be good for a book & of course, the Lamp is an important part of “The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe”.

Tolkien was also inspired by Malvern – he said the Malvern Hills reminded him of “The White Mountains of Gondor”… It was probably for the best that the films were set in New Zealand - the Malverns are beautiful but not exactly mountainous & dramatic -  it’s nice to have that connection though ;-)

You all can talk about how cruel is John Green for killing off main characters and breaking your heart, but the worst thing I’ve ever read is The Last Battle. Yeah, Chronicles of Narnia.
(akward pause before I start screaming)
Alright, I just hate that.

anonymous asked:

Hey ! Firstly Thank you, thank you, thank you!! You're a great help! Secondly, can you please explain the difference between a saga, a sequel and series? I've seen a lot of posts on these but all describe them differently. (Eg. One post says a series is like this, and another post says differently) I do understand that there's different types of series and stuff but a lot of posts aren't helpful. Thank you soo much

I think some of the confusion around these terms is that a lot of them overlap, can be considered synonyms, and the literal definition doesn’t always line up with how people use them. So here’s how I think about them, plus a few extra terms for comparison:

Sequel: a continuation of a complete story, typically referring to the 2nd book/movie, but can be used to refer to all of the following stories. “The sequels of Toy Story appealed to both old and new viewers.” In colloquial language, we usually refer to the second piece of complete work as “the sequel”. The confusion likely comes from literal vs. colloquial use.

Prequel: a chronological predecessor to a story.

Series: What you call a group of stories that chronologically follow each other. Types of series include Trilogies (a series of only three books), chronicles (another word for series, but is usually used for fantasy/sci-fi/history and implies an element of time), and sagas (long series that often follow multiple characters in the same world, especially from the same family over different generations.)

Here’s a poorly-made diagram for those visual learners (sorry, mobile, my diagrams sometimes aren’t clear on the app):

The problem with most of the definitions is that there are no clear numbers involved (unless we’re talking about the trilogy). I honestly wouldn’t worry about confusing them too much, since most authors tell you on the books what they want it to be called (Chronicles of Narnia, Hunger Games Trilogy, etc.). If you’re looking to label your own work, then “series” is the safest bet for a multi-piece story.

Hope that helped clear things up at least somewhat!


Ian Fleming

C.S. “Jack” Lewis

J.R.R. Tolkien

J.M. Barrie

Tom Clancy

Madeleine L’Engle

Michael Crichton

Sue Grafton

Philip K Dick (PDK)

Robert Heinlein


A Wrinkle in Time, the 1963 masterpiece children’s science fiction novel written by prolific Christian author, the late Madeleine L'Engle, has been adapted by phenom female director Ava DuVernay (Selma, 13th). DuVernay is the first black female director to helm a $100 million dollar Hollywood blockbuster.

A Wrinkle in Time took the teachings of C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity, The Chronicles of Narnia) and turned them on a spin. Her more liberal teachings of Christianity didn’t bode well with more fundamental Christians who protested against the major themes of the brilliant novel.

In the novel, L’Engle discusses the battle of good vs. evil as the battle of light vs. darkness. They recognize the roles that children have in the future of our planet and how the cosmic beings of the light guide them to find the protectors to help the fight of prevailing darkness. The children find the Messianic figures that have been Earthlings in philosophers, not in gods. Jesus is with Budah as well as DaVinci, Shakespeare, Einstein, Bach, and Gandhi. Together they children join forces with them to fight The Dark Thing.

These themes radically influenced authors and filmmakers such as George Lucas in his larger-than-life creation, Star Wars, and Philip K. Dick in Do Androids Sleep of Electric Sheep or better known as Blade Runner mainstreamed by Ridley Scott. 

The concept of the Tesseract is important in the themes of the novel.  The tesseract is the four-dimensional analog of the cube. In A Wrinkle in Time, we learn the Megan Murry has to travel to the fifth dimension to save her scientist father who is being kept in the darkness. The five dimensions are: linear (first), square (second), cube (third), Einstein’s concept of time (fourth), and tesseract (fifth). Her concepts of time and space, entering the wormhole resembles that of a twin paradox.  A wormhole is a theoretical passage through space-time that could create shortcuts for long journeys across the universe. Wormholes are predicted by the theory of general relativity. Wormholes bring with them the dangers of sudden collapse, high radiation and dangerous contact with exotic matter. 

The twin paradox is a thought experiment in special relativity involving identical twins, one of whom makes a journey into space in a high-speed rocket and returns home to find that the twin who remained on Earth has aged more, thus the returning twin is now the younger twin of the two.

Everything, in theory, is a direct consequence of relativity and that’s the magic of A Wrinkle in Time. The idea that in every social circle we are presented with the superiority and inferiority complexes that shape and mold the perception of power in this universe. In every group, there are those that challenge the minority groups and the status quo, and it is up to us to be a part of the resistance against peer-pressured superiority. Social class is nothing more than a feudalistic attempt to hold power over a group and dominate their every way of life. 

In the novel, we also explore that humans cannot be whole without the juxtaposition of pragmatism and romanticism (rationality and creativity). When the Ws challenge Meg and her friends to come up with a list of fighters, she sees life in a rational direction that there’s no counterpoint to logic. She is in her comfort zone and life doesn’t always work in predictability. We need to find the happy medium in all of us as wisely manifested in the Happy Medium, an amalgamation as told by Mrs. Murry.

Why you should be proud to be a SAGITTARIUS!

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[C.S. Lewis] was completely the opposite from Tolkien. He had a great, deep, rolling voice and lectured in the very biggest of the lecture halls because he was intensely popular. He was mesmerizing…. Lewis would talk about the Middle Ages–often about small, queer details of that time that in the hands of other people would have been extremely boring. He would walk up and down–this rolling, little pear shape–tolling out in his great deep voice. You just hung on his words.
—  Diana Wynne Jones, author of the Chronicles of Chrestomanci, the Dalemark quartet, and Howl’s Moving Castle, on C.S. Lewis’s lectures.

edmund x temptation on deathwater island 

Overwhelmed by the thought of inexhaustible riches, Caspian and Edmund were on the verge of dueling over Caspian’s claim to authority over Edmund. The brief vision of Aslan, who appeared on the hilltop above them, cured the party of their greed, and indeed made them forget the whole incident. All they remembered was that they had found the body of one of the seven Narnian lords, and that the island was under some sort of horrible enchantment.

Simself Tag

I was tagged by @its-lunnarise and @thesimsofnoalyn! Thank you so much, guys!

Favorite Season: Fall! Around here, the weather is pretty moderate, and it has my favorite holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving and pre-Christmas) in it!

Favorite Books/Author: I looooove to read, but I’ll just name a few.  Terry Pratchett is probably my favorite author, my favorite (solo) book is The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, and my favorite series is ummmmm maybe The Lynburne Legacy by Sarah Rees Brennan, or the Discworld books that focus on the witches (again, Terry Pratchett).  I also really love Tamora Pierce, Patricia Briggs, The Dresden Files, LotR, Harry Potter, and The Chronicles of Narnia.  I will read pretty much anything that has any kind of fantasy element to it, though I tend to gravitate towards YA fiction because I do love a good romance.

Favorite song: I love music and have a pretty broad taste, but if I had to pick ON single song… ummmm… Take On Me by Ah-Ha, I guess. I’m old school.


Dogs or cats: Screw that, I want a pet lion.  One that talks and eats people I don’t like.

I tag: @celebi88, @kimmmygibbbler (somebody else tag her so she HAS to do it!), @suspiciouslypinklady, @sim-bubble, @quiddity-jones (you’ve been tagged like 42 times already, yo), @sunnisims4@applezingsims and @littlenettleheart !

(this is literally the shirt I’m wearing today, I whipped it up special just for this haha)

Lewis: You wanna break a record, Tollers? You already got it, for “world’s nerdiest old man.”
Tolkien: At least I’m not all keyed up to write a kids’ series.
Lewis: I’ll have you know that The Chronicles of Narnia has a big theology element and a lot of symbolism that goes over kids’ heads!

30 hottest actors over 30

30. George Clooney (53; best known for being married to human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin)

29. Shiloh Fernandez (30; best known for hooking up with a werewolf wearing a nice cape)

28. Adrian Grenier (38; best known for having a great entourage)

27. Josh Duhamel (42; best known for making you go “what? really?” once you find out he’s married to Black Eyed Pea Fergie)

26. Colin Farrel (38; best known for his roles in In Bruges, Total Recall, The Recreuit)

25. Aidan Turner (31; best known for his role in The Hobbit trilogy when he should be known for his outstanding performance of Mitchell in the original Being Human)

24. Michiel Huisman (33; best known for making me swoon a ton in Age of Adaline)

23. Ryan Gosling (34; best known for giving girls unrealistic expectations in men through his role as Noah in The Notebook)

22. Paul Walker (I’ve had a crush on this guy for 14 years. Such a genuinely beautiful man)

21. Mehcad Brooks (34)

20. pt. 1 Tom Hardy (37; best known for his role as Eames in Inception and Bane in The Dark Knight Rises)

20. pt. 2 Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (37; best known for his role as the king who created a new religion so he could marry the woman he loved. And then had her beheaded once he took a liking to another; they share the spot because they could be brothers)

19. pt. 1 Josh Hartnett (36; best known for his role in Pearl Harbour *starts sobbing*)

19. pt. 2 Garrett Hedlund (30; best known for his roles in On the Road, Country Strong and Tron. The reason why he shares the spot with Josh is that he looks eerily like the lovechild of Josh and Charlie Hunham. Not a bad thing at all)

18. Jesse Williams (33; best known for his role as Jackson on Grey’s Anatomy and his anti-racist activism)

17. Alex o’ Loughlin (38 - wow really?; best known for his roles in Moonlight and Hawaii 5-0)

16. Sebastian Stan (32; best known for haunting my friend Judith with his portrayal of Bucky Barnes in Captain America; also known for his role as The Mad Hatter on OUAT and Carter Baizen on Gossip Girl)

15.Taylor Kitsch  (33; best known for sleeping with his crippled best friend’s girlfriend while he was hospitalised in Friday Night Lights)

14. Andrew Garfield (31; best known as one half of Hollywood’s dreamiest couple and for his role as A better looking Tobey Maguire in Spiderman)

13. Charles Michael Davis (30; best known for his role as Marcel on The Originals)

12. Michael Fassbender (37; best known for his on and off camera bromance with fellow hunk James McAvoy in the new X-Men movies)

11. Hugh Jackman (46; best known as Wolverine)

10. Henry Cavill (31; best known for being buddies with Henry VIII on The Tudors)

9. Tom Hiddleston (34; best known for being the walking definition of Britishness and for playing Loki in the Marvel universe)

8. Will Smith (46; best known as The Fresh Bad Boy Man in Black of Independence)

7. Jude Law (42; best known for making me soon as soon as he starts talking and for his role as Graham in The Holiday - that’s probably not true but I decided to go with it because I really like that movie) 

6. James McAvoy (35; best known for playing a young Professor X in the new X-Men movies. No mind control necessary with me, mate)

5. Ben Barnes (33; best known for having the kind of sex appeal that makes watching any of his movies worthwhile and for his role as Prince Caspian in The Chronicles of Narnia)

4. Jake Gyllenhaal (34; best known for playing charismatic yet oftentimes intimidating characters of authority. For example in Source Code, Rendition, Prisoners, End of Watch and Brothers)

3. Idris Elba (42; best known as the only actor I will accept as the next Bond)

2. Cilian Murphy (38; best known for having a bunch of conmen mess with his subconscious in Inception and having eyes that have seen the stars)

1. Chris Evans (33; best known for being a 70 year old trapped in a young man’s body in Captain America)

Home is Where the Heart Is (Grayson/MC)

Home is Where the Heart Is
By Misha

Disclaimer- Not mine. I’m just borrowing them for a while and will return them when I am finished.

Author’s Notes- I’ve seen a few people theorizing about a time difference between the alternate dimension and this one and @kenjkats’s beautiful heartbreaking headcanon on the subject, but I started thinking about and went “what if it was the opposite?” What if time moves quickly for MC and not everyone else? Kind of a Chronicles of Narnia scenario. This was immediately born.

Paring- Grayson/MC

Rating- PG

Summary- Each day Lexi spends away from her loved ones feels like an eternity and as days becomes months and months become years, she wonders if she’ll ever find her way home.

Words- 1652

It takes over a year for her to stop crying every night.

A year of restless nights, dreaming of the man she loves and wishing for Grayson’s strong arms. A year of thinking about Poppy and Dax and Kenji and Eva and wondering how they fared after the battle. A year of desperately trying to find a way home.

“If  it was that simple, we would have come for you years ago.” Her mother tells her over and over, her voice vaguely reproachful.

Lexi simply nods, but that doesn’t stop her from hoping or for exploring every possibility. She gets to know her home, except it’s not home. This is not her place, these are not her people. They call her daughter, granddaughter, sister, but she doesn’t know any of them. But in time she grows to care for them.

She learns to answer to “Staria”, but still thinks of her as Lexi. She learns to laugh and smile again, but her heart always aches.

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The secret to being a legendary fantasy writer

Not only do you have to have quality content, but I recently figured out the secret to be a legendary fantasy writer.

What are some legendary fantasy books?

Chronicles of Narnia

The Hobbit/LOTR

Game of Thrones

The Harry Potter series

Time Machine

The Once and Future Kings

Now what do all these books have in common? Not only is it the genre, but also the writers.

C.S Lewis

J.R.R Tolkien

George R.R. Martin

J.K Rowling

H.G Wells

T.H White

Do you guys see it? O_O These writers have at least 2 initials in their names. Coincidence? I THINK NOT!

So not only do you need quality content in the first place, but just to guarantee yourself on the pedestal of greatness, have 2 or 3 initial letters in your author name.

Fun Fact: had C.S. Lewis never met J.R.R. Tolkien, he probably never would have become a Christian and written The Chronicles of Narnia and The Screwtape Letters.

Another Fun Fact: Tolkien once told Lewis that his Narnia idea was never going to catch on so he should just give it up.

Third Fun Fact: One woman was inspired by both their books so much she became a writer who wrote a book series called Harry Potter where she paid subtle homage to both authors in every single book.