Thursday, December 31, 2020

Happy New Year -- Ushering In A Year of Friends, Fellow Authors, & Magic Systems

Happy New Year from the summer side of the world :)

Why, hello, 2021. I suspect I'm not the only person who is feeling cautiously pleased to see you, right about now. I'm quite sure I'm not alone in hoping for better times to come although that is probably true of every year, rather than just the past Year of Covid.

Yet much as the virus has dominated our lives, we have all soldiered on. Here on Supernatural Underground, that means we've kept writing books, and sharing and talking about books, and generally spinning our tales. In short, we've kept having some fun. We also hope we've managed to keep the Supernatural Underground a place where you can come and have some fun as well. 

Yep, that's us! ;-)
here at
Supernatural Underground HQ we're pretty sure there's more fun to come for 2021! J

Last year, I focused my 1st of the month slot on Worldbuilding in Fantasy, because as opined in my wrap up post last month, "I believe worldbuilding lies at the heart of what makes the genre distinctive from other styles of literature." 

When it comes to Fantasy lit., worldbuilding's twin sibling has to be magic systems – because if there's one must-have element for any good Fantasy, it has to be magic, right? Right! From magic realism to the highest of high epic fantasy, the magic – and by extension the magic system is the leaven in the mix.

Magic in the mix...
By magic "system, I mean the internal logic and coherence, from principles to laws, that convey "conviction" and so make the magic in a particular fantasy world and tale "work" for readers, allowing them to suspend disbelief and become immersed in the tale being told however fantastic its elements. No surprises, then, what I plan on featuring in 2021...

This year, though, I've decided to mix things up, just a tad, on 2019 (the Year of Romance) and 2020 (the Year of Worldbuilding.) In 2021, I won't just be talking about the magic systems that have wowed me, spinning my fantasy-reading wheels. Wherever possible, I hope to combine the focus on magic systems with an even more longstanding tradition of having fun with friends and fellow authors, by enjoying a blog conversation on the magic systems in their books. (Otherwise known as a good old Q&A. ;-) )

I'm already pretty excited by the prospect, especially as the very first author I'll be e-chatting with is AK Wilder on 5 January – release day for Crown of Bones, the first book in her brand-new Amassia series! And yes, we shall most definitely be talking of the magic that imbues the Crown of Bones world. Roll on January 5!

Oh, yes, that's right, almost forgot: Happy New Year!


Helen Lowe's first  novel, Thornspell (Knopf), was published to critical praise in 2008. The second,The Heir of Night (The Wall Of Night Series, Book One) won the Gemmell Morningstar Award 2012, and the sequel, The Gathering Of The Lost, was shortlisted for the Gemmell Legend Award in 2013. Daughter Of Blood (Book Three), was published in 2016 and Helen is currently completing the final novel in the series. She posts regularly on her “…on Anything, Really” blog, monthly on the Supernatural Underground, and tweets @helenl0we


Kim Falconer said...

Great way to ring in the New Year, Helen!

I can't wait until the 5th and we can talk all thngs magic!

Happy 2021, and see you then.

:) Kim

A. K. Wilder said...

I should say, "I" as in AK Wilder, can't wait to talk about magic!

Wonderful post, Helen.

See you then!

Helen Lowe said...

Hey Kim, Am really looking forward to the release of CROWN OF BONES on the 5th & talking magic in your wonderful new world of Amassia. :-)