A little about myself... I write mostly science fiction and fantasy, usually somewhere between the two. No idea what my genre would be. Wizards in space! Or something like that. I strive to be helpful and some people have said my advice was helpful. Otherwise, I mountain bike play as much Frisbee as Saskatchewan summer allows and game in the spare minutes I have between everything else.

Read as much as you can, write as often as you're able. Remember, writers make good books, but communities make GREAT books.


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“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.” 
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

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Mirror Mirror

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Description: There is more than one world and all are linked; some closely and some distant. When a Prophesy in another world is forcibly changed, no one considers the far reaching ramifications. Echoes ripple like earthquakes through realities and events come t...

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JohnGunningham commented on Staying Hidden - Dance Is My Middle Name


I re-read this first chapter and then I re-read my original comment, trying to think of anything to add. The only thing I could come up with is more of the general advice I usually offer.

Check this link out : http://thewritersjourney.com/hero's_journey.htm

It's Joseph Campbell's thesis on how story telling works, and it applies to pretty much anything. My Advice is to watch a movie and see if you can find all the elements and characters of the Hero's Journey (Yes, I know it sounds like homework... it is) then see if you can find those elements in your writing. Star Wars is really obvious if you want an easy one. 

Otherwise I'll keep reading. Interested to see how your style and skill have grown over the last year. Hopefully some marked improvement.

Chat you later!

JohnGunningham commented on The Faintest Ink - Chapter Ten

you have so much going on .... this is turning into a much wilder ride than first anticipated. Man, chancellors. Was Jefar a Chancellor? I think he was a vizier... this new guy should still have a  snake staff that hypnotizes people. That's almost standard issue :)

JohnGunningham commented on The Faintest Ink - Chapter Nine

Hey! Been gone .... somewhere I can't recall.... but I cam back! because, well you know how these things go :)

Another POV! And interesting progression to events. My only thinking is that the Princess forgot about her own unease rather quickly when faced with a disappearing maid. I see below that you asked some if they thought Jain was a traitor ... but it just seems she's frightened. Of course, if she took care of the princess from a young age, you'd think she would have grown attached enough to warn her if there was something amiss.

Otherwise, excellent! I agree, the castle description was superb.

JohnGunningham commented on Nott : Short Stories - Happy Newyear!

These are starting to feel like Gaiman's 'Ocean at the end of the Lane' where there is a lot going on that the Reader doesn't know about. Though you're right, this chapter did answer some questions. Not the "Who are these people" questions, but at least partly the "Whats going on" questions. I like the difference you're making between magic and magyk ... the reader kind of gets the idea of it without you saying over much.

Your characterization is fantastic!


That's a pretty bold endeavour to be writing a novel in a language that isn't necessarily your strongest, great job! I guess that's how you learn :)

Most of the questions have to do with what kind of people are these people? Are they good? What are they up to? Do they just move through time causing mischief? Are they all from different worlds? A Doctor and a Witch and a ... something is strange company to keep haha. There is a hundred million ways to take that story with what you've crafted here in these shorts. I guess I just want to know their story :) Which means you did a pretty good job with setting these characters up.


Ah more and more of the same, which isn't a terrible thing. These snapshot stories are very interesting and they certainly showcase your style. It's a good style, very fast paced and leaves the reader with oh so many questions, which should mean they keep reading. My caution is that all questions need answers or else the reader will be left confused.

There were a few more words out of place and tenses that didn't work. "...simply won't shower today ..." should be "... wouldn't ..." for example. 

These are wonderful at face value. I'd be interested in seeing if you can stretch these characters into a larger work, perhaps you have?

JohnGunningham commented on Nott : Short Stories - Meet Mr. Black

Someone said something about Tim Burton down there and I'm inclined to agree. There's always that element of 'unreal valley' to his stuff that I think you have. Everything seems perfectly normal except, not. And it's that 'not' that nags at the reader and puts them at unease with the thought that anything could happen.

There were a few words that sounded weird. I'm not a grammar king, but casted should be cast and 'glimpsed' I don't think is the right word to use where you used it.

JohnGunningham commented on Mirror Mirror - The Expert

Haha um, I don't think I used any Egyptian mythology, at least not consciously. Fu Dogs or Imperial Lions are Chinese. Fun fact, they originated from an artists interpretation of a description received from a European missionary of a real lion.

Glad you're still reading / enjoying.