The Secret to Successful Blogging

A year ago I gave myself a challenge to blog at least once a week.  I did it.  Woot!  Sometimes it’s hard to come up with blog posts.  What should I talk about?  How long should the post be?  How do I still get any writing done?

That’s the topic of my guess blog post on Zara West’s site.  She was gracious enough to invite me over to post.

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Friends, Allies, Adversaries, and Enemies

I’ve been reading a lot about the hero’s journey.  On a call with writer friends, one asked if I had ever heard of The Virgin’s Promise.  It’s the ARC for characters that stay home, but still learn to fulfill their dreams.  I’m not sure I buy the male/female divide between these two books, but I am intrigued by the underlying concept.

One of the concepts for ordinary world was give her friends, but not allies.  That paused me.  Did I really understand the difference?  In the US, everyone is a friend.  Just met them?  Call ’em a friend.  My daughter and son are taught in pre-school to call everyone in the room a friend.  Obviously the whole room of kids are not their friends.

So what’s the difference between a friend and an ally?  An adversary and an enemy?

Doing a little googling was, for once, not useful until I stumbled across an article geared toward executives and the importance of getting relationships right.

Here’s how this concept ended up fitting in my head.  I use ‘you’, but writers feel free to pop in your character instead of you.

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Help us convince to add Science Fantasy (SciFan) as a recognized genre

Good Reads has it. It makes sense. 🙂

M.C. Tuggle, Writer

Science Fantasy


What is Science Fantasy (SciFan)?

“Science fantasy is a mixed genre within the umbrella of speculative fiction which simultaneously draws upon and/or combines tropes and elements from both science fiction and fantasy. It also sometimes incorporates elements of horror fiction.”

Science Fantasy (SciFan) is a genre that is often ignored. Not too many people are familiar with the genre, but it was originally coined in the late 1930’s by John W. Campbell, Jr. in his magazine that was (ironically) entitled Unknown.

The Science Fiction genre is often defined as the improbable made possible, whereas the Fantasy genre is commonly defined as the impossible made probable. So then, what is Science Fantasy (SciFan)? Fellow author Ricardo Victoria defines it best as: “A genre that blends fantastic and scientific elements into a coherent worldbuild to tell a story in a more interesting and flexible way.”

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Little voice

I was sitting there minding my own business when I had that little nudge that I was forgetting something. You know that little voice in the back of your head that says, huh. Don’t you have something really important due soon?

The conversation went something like this:

“What’s due and how soon?”

“I dunno. pretty soon?” That voice, let’s call it Fred, said.

“Can you be more specific?”

“Nawww. But it’s soon. And you labeled it important.” Fred added helpfully as if reminding me I had thought it was important would help me remember.

Shit, it’s not my husbands birthday again? Didn’t he just have one? Like in the spring? I bring up the calendar. No, no, that’s not it.

“Can you give me a hint? Is it related to family, writing, or day job?” I feel like I’m playing twenty questions.

“Ummm, writing?”

“Are you saying it’s writing or….”

“Yeah, Yeah… I remembered ’cause of that last thought you had.”

At this point, my last thought was if my kids or husband had found and plundered my stash of chocolate in the kitchen.

“You don’t remember?” Long dramatic sigh from Fred. “Do I have to remember everything for you?”

Not sure how to answer that, but I give a valiant try to remember what could have triggered him. “Missing blog post?”

“Yeah, that’s the one. You’re missing a blog post.”

Whew, not that big a deal. I try to write something up for Monday posting and it was Sunday. I had like 24 hour to get that done. “It’s okay I was just about to write one.”

“No not that one, the OTHER one.”

Ohoh. I had signed up for some guest blogs. “It’s not due til August.”

“Dude, it’s August.”

Huh, I better go find out when its due.

Do you have that little voice? What do you do to remember?