Monday, 29 January 2018

Another Excellent Review

Short but sweet review of Prophecy of the Kings

Reviewed by M.L Ruscsak1/27/2018
Five out of Five stars.
From the very first sentence of page one it grabs you. The attention to detail is amazing and the reader can immerse themselves into the world that is being created. Just the right amount of death, Magic intrigue.
Absolutely perfect from start to finish.

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Sunday, 21 January 2018

Excellent Review for Legacy of the Eldric :)

Great review for Legacy of the Eldric. Many thanks. Made my week.
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read
ByAmazon Customeron 11 January 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
"I found this book to be an exciting read, and better than The Inheritance Cycle books by Christopher Paolini. In fact, I was more than a little captivated by it and am now coming to the end of the second book in the Prophecy Of The Kings trilogy - Dragon Rider. I'm enjoying the read and escapism so much that I have bought all three books for a friend who liked Christopher Paolini's books. She is sure to like these. Well done David Burrows. I think you should write some more please!" Click HERE for review.


Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Improving Fiction Writing Using Life Experiences. Part 1.

Many articles advise authors to write about what they know, and I am a firm believer in this. However, writing fantasy books can make this challenging. For example, how many of us have ever ridden a dragon or fought in a shield wall? So how does writing from life experiences help the tale? It is because of the realism this adds. This is very important especially in fantasy writing. Imagination is also hugely important, but by adding a sense of realism, wherever you can, this makes the fantasy aspects seem less surreal.

So what aspects of life did I pick, to aid my writing? I have been very fortunate to have had lots of hobbies, including mountaineering, camping, the territorial army, ice climbing, rock climbing, scuba diving, Saxon/Viking re-enactment, gliding and some I have probably forgotten about. So how do these help my writing? In part 1 I focus on how mountaineering has helped my writing.

I have spent many a weekend on snow-capped mountains, freezing half to death. I have been tired, wet and hungry after a long day's march. I have been in a cloud of midges where everyone was choking as the midges were so thick around us that we breathed them in. I have climbed mountains where each false summit was supposed to have been the last and felt the overwhelming despair this creates. However, I have also known the joys of reaching a campsite and washing from a billycan of lukewarm water with a sponge; the feel of grass under tired feet, having removed my boots; reaching a mountain top and seeing the glorious panorama below. It is amazing how much your spirits revive once you are fed and bedded down for the night.

These are the feelings that I tried to impart to my character. The agony of boots chaffing, blisters bursting and blood seeping through the leather. Wet clothes clinging to the body, sucking heat away from my legs. The impossibility of walking on marshland, sinking with every step and the sucking and tugging on boots to escape.

I once camped in the Peak District when it was -30 degrees Celsius - and to make matters worse I forgot my sleeping mat. We spent the evening in a pub, sitting before a roaring fire and drinking pints of ale. Having to go out into the frigid cold was one of the hardiest things I have ever done. I even had to dig snow around the sides of the tent to prevent the wind howling under the fly sheet. To compensate for the lack of a ground mat I took several newspapers from the pub and laid them on the ground. It was still so cold that I struggled to sleep. The following day, despite low spirits and being tired, we still managed to carry on and walk our intended route.

So, when Kaplyn and his friends find themselves climbing Ban Kildor in Legacy of the Eldric, my heart goes out to them. At least I could pack it in and go home to a bath and central heating, but my poor characters were banished to night after night in the wild with only wolves for company and often little to eat.

Authors are very hard on their characters and I sometimes wonder whether we create the world and the characters in which we write. If that is true, then I have a lot of apologising to do.


A View in the Peak District
Prophecy of the Kings - Believable Fantasy by David Burrows 
http://davidburrows.org.uk/

For tips on writing a book http://www.writingabook.ninja/2014/06/writing-book-part-1.html

Friday, 8 December 2017

Writing a Book: The Importance of a Web Banner

It is useful having a web banner and this can double up as a banner on Facebook. Mine is 900x250 pixels, approximately. A web banner is an image so all the text is converted to an image. You can play around with lots of different fonts this way and these are displayed correctly as it is an image. Some fonts are not converted very well otherwise.

My final attempt was helped along by a colleague and I think he helped me create a much more atmospheric banner. As you can see we added atmosphere by having a woodland background and also by changing the font. I got the mage from an excellent free website http://www.everystockphoto.com/


As opposed to the original

I hope you agree that the first is a definite improvement 😊 Your thoughts are welcome. My drawing package is Serif Drawplus 5 which is a bit dated now. 


Saturday, 11 November 2017

Friday, 10 November 2017

Are Men Doomed?

Dr Who -- a woman!! There goes my childhood. She doesn't even have that quirky dress sense that most Drs had.

To me Dr Who will always be William Hartnell. I didn't remember him very well as I was a bit too young, but it was his series that introduced the Daleks and they scared the begeebers out of me. The way people turned into skeletons when EXTERMINATED was awesome. It worked oddly well in black and white and perhaps less so in colour.

Anyway, if the world no longer needs a male Dr Who then are men doomed? Perhaps the Daleks weren't needed after all to destroy mankind. Love the boots though.

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Wanton Destruction - Never Give a Man an Axe



Wow. I feel guilty. The axe was in my hand and what could I do? The shed had to go!

There's something strangely liberating about destruction. Is this a man thing? Is it because I may have Viking genes? The moment I started tearing into the shed, ripping it apart with a crow bar and smashing rotten planks with an axe, I felt like a marauding Mongol in one of Genghis Khan's armies. I should do this more often. The only problem is - there is only 1 shed left in my garden. Strangely, I sense that tremor each time I walk past. That didn't save the last shed though!

Shed murderer, I hear you say. Bring it on!

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