Hi, I’m Em. Just a girl who writes about her crazy dreams until they make a story.

Join me as I rant about writing and fantasy novels and writing fantasy novels on my Writing Ranting and Reading Ranting blog. You can follow my writing journey from confused newbie to published author (published part still pending). I’ll be sharing my writing experience as I go along with helpful advice I’ve received or picked up so far.

I’m also on Discord as LoveFantasyNovels#0367. My group, “Writing Ranting With Others” isn’t just any writing group. It’s for all kinds of writers, especially those who are feeling discouraged or finding it hard to share. Feel free to reach out through Discord or one of my other links here and chat about the good, the bad, and the fun side of writing.

After a series of vivid dreams several years ago, I decided to turn them into a story. Since then, more dreams have become both short stories, and some have become novel outlines. I have various novel ideas and outlines just waiting to be written once I’m done with my primary WIP. I like to work on one main WIP at a time while dipping into others when I need a break. Check out some short stories on my Dreams of a Fantasist page.

My first project was a pentalogy. I drafted the whole thing until I had over 500k+ words. After learning more about writing, I realised it was too big of a project for a first-time author. I decided to work on a standalone, which is about to go through its final edit after various critiques and beta readers. See teasers of my WIPs on my Novels page. 

Keep up to date with my ranting via my posts. See below for the latest rants or my Writing Ranting page for the full blog.


Top picks from my blog…

The Mechanical Beast

Check out more from my Dreams of a Fantasist collection. This is silly and fun and based on something real that I’ve made fantastical because I see the fantastical in the most mundane things. Can you guess what it was based on? In the wild, I am the huntress. I prowl the black and grey…

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Take Flight

Another story from Dreams of a Fantasist. The title was inspired by Lyndsey’s track, but the story is a Fantasist original. I run through the battlefield, dodging swinging swords as I go. My weapon long lost, the balance tips further in their favour. Blooded ground stretches out before me until it meets dark mountains beyond.…

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A little poem from my random Bursts of Words collection. I once had a collection of pearls in an iridescent shell. Each one contained a piece of my heart. Some I wore on a necklace when I needed them while others were safe away from the cruel world. They shimmered in the sunlight and brought…

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My latest rants…

The Dragon’s Ring by Fil Reid – Out Today!

I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of my writing buddy’s debut novel. Check her out on http://www.filreid.com or find the book on Amazon UK or Amazon US. Or click on the Amazon link via Goodreads and it should take you to your country’s Amazon.  This time-travelling Arthurian fantasy was a fun ride from the start. Gwen is scattering her father’s ashes when she gets sucked back in time to when King Arther was just a prince. The rest… you’ll have to wait for my review coming soon. 

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Reading and Writing Ranting Advent Calendar!

Oops, I forgot to post these. The past couple of months have been super busy with more hours and responsibilities at work, a new writing project that I got to 38K for NaNoWriMo, and planning a Christmas camp at work. Luckily, I have some long weekends to relax and spend time with my family over the holidays. Anyway, onto the calendar. I managed to post them on Instagram every day, so you can check out the Instagram story highlight or my feed as I add more, or scroll down. Unfortunately, the videos don’t work unless you click and go to…

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Book Review. Gods and Monsters by Shelby Mahurin. 4 stars.

Warning: Contains minor spoilers. Another amazing book from Shelby Mahurin and another amazing series that left me sad that it was over. I can’t live like this… great stories just ending, 😭😭😭 Let’s start with what I liked… Nicolina’s POV was a nice treat. We get another perspective on everything plus her own past and more about the wraiths. That made for another curious addition and how Lou got trapped inside Nicolina. Lou’s POV from inside Nicilina was another good perspective. Her struggle to get free brought painful memories to the surface for both Lou and Nicolina, and I think…

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Book Review. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson. 5 stars.

Warning: Some reviews contain minor spoilers. Check out my Reading Ranting page for more. If The Infernal Devices and The Colour of Magic had a baby, Sorcery of Thorns would be it. It’s a fun mystery with quirky magic and curious characters. Definitely one of the best YA books I’ve read in a long time. Also, it’s a standalone which I recommend if you’re like me and binge on too many unfinished series. I need to read a story that has a satisfying ending.  What I liked… Elizabeth is a super likeable character. She’s young but not immature. She also…

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Book Review. Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco, 3.5 Stars

Warning: Contains minor spoilers. Check out my Reading Ranting page for more. Another Hades and Persephone adaptation. That’s like the 5th I’ve read this year. But that’s not a criticism of this book, purely a comment that I clearly have a type. Lol. Anyway, I generally liked this book for the magic and its characters and interesting places, but I got confused a bit too often. Maybe it was just me. What I liked… Firstly, I absolutely love that it’s set in alternative historical Sicily with lots of Italian names and… Love me some limoncello. I found myself getting hungry…

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Killing Characters!

Someone has to die in fantasy fiction, right? But why? Two main reasons for me are… 1 – To have an effect on another character.  It could be an inciting incident near the beginning of the book.  It also works to weaken the character just as they’re close to their goals.  Or, it could send the character spiralling, and another character is forced to step up and prove themselves. 2 – To remind readers of the stakes. There are so many god-like characters with seemingly unlimited powers these days. They’re immortal, invicible, and this means they can’t die, so there…

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