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Magic in Threes: Most Viewed Blog Pictures in 2014

Where did Gentle Reader find the enchantments in Lita Burke’s fantasy worlds during 2014? Three is a magical number. Let’s take a look at the three most popular blog pictures for this year.

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A Female Enchanter
A Female Enchanter

The first of the three most popular pictures with the Gentle Readers is a female enchanter from the Enchanters of Sye world of Wrath and Tredan’s Bane.

She holds a charm in her hand, and it glows with an Enchanter’s magical essence.

An "Ornithopter" Personal Flying Machine by Da Vinci
An “Ornithopter” Personal Flying Machine by Da Vinci

The second of the most popular Lita Burke blog pictures is an Ornithopter flying machine from the world of Clockpunk Wizard.

Wizard Kadmeion and his assistant Sir Bright use these Leonardo Da Vinci style flying machines in Old Bony Blue Eyes.

A Harpy in Ephraim's Curious Device
A Harpy in Ephraim’s Curious Device

The third of the three most popular pictures with the Gentle Readers of Lita’s blog is one of the lovely harpies from Ephraim’s Curious Device in the Clockpunk Wizard world.

This favorite harpy picture shows light ghostly wings, a curvy figure in fetching hot weather flying clothes, and a beautiful face.

Magic in Threes: Most Visited New Blog Posts in 2014

Where did Gentle Reader find the enchantments in Lita Burke’s fantasy worlds during 2014? Three is a magical number. Let’s take a look at the three most popular blog posts with new content that came out in 2014.

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Shy Jack Frost, Winter's Fantasy Boy
Shy Jack Frost, Winter’s Fantasy Boy

The most visited post released in 2014 is about one of the characters in Lita’s upcoming story, Glitter Ponies.

Burr, it’s wintertime outside of Lita’s castle here in the northern realms. Someone painted icy filigree on the windows. Let’s bundle up, go outside, and meet the artist. Say hello to handsome Jack Frost, winter’s fantasy boy. This magician embodies lacy window paintings, trees draped with sparkling snow, and crystalline sculptures made of ice. Read more in “Fantasy Boy of Winter: Jack Frost

Tongue-In-Cheek Wedding at the End of the World
Tongue-In-Cheek Wedding at the End of the World

The second most visited post released in 2014 is one of Lita’s book reviews.

The Dark Days: End of the World – Episode 1 by Ginger Gelsheimer and Taylor Anderson is a YA thriller about teen Claudia Sheeplord and the end of the world via asteroid. Claudia has been skeptical about the blather over the past month about the killer asteroid that will slam into the Earth and raise the tides ten feet higher. Or two miles higher. Whatever. Read more in “Review: The Dark Days

Forest Fairies
Forest Fairies

The third most visited post released in 2014 goes back to the Clockpunk Wizard world and talks about its most delightful denizens, the fey-folk fairies.

Meet Tinker Bell’s naughtier cousins—the fairies flitting about in the woodlands near Lita’s castle. These worldly fairies go with Kadmeion on his wizard-for-hire adventures. These wee magicians fly in, lavish their wizard with effervescent pixie dust, and give him spicy relationship advice. Read more in “Care of a Fey-Folk Fairy (Part 1)

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Magic in Threes: Most Visited Classic Blog Posts in 2014

Where did Gentle Reader find the enchantments in Lita Burke’s fantasy worlds during 2014? Three is a magical number. Let’s take a look at the three most popular blog posts that came out before 2014.

There is Always Someone Opposing Your Fantasy People
There is Always Someone Opposing Your Fantasy People

The most visited classic blog post in 2014 talked about the magic behind the curtain in Lita’s worlds.

World-building techniques have always fascinated Lita. High Fantasy and Epic Fantasy books were her delight as a young reader. She poured over the maps on the book’s end papers, studied every entry in the glossary in the back, even marveled over the lengthy character name lists in the front. Read more at “6 Critical Elements for Fantasy World Building (Part 1)

A Beautiful Harpy in the Clockpunk Wizard World
A Beautiful Harpy in the Clockpunk Wizard World

The second most visited classic blog post in 2014 was about a favorite resident of Lita’s Clockpunk Wizard world.

Madam Harpy, our Winged Sister of the Sky. Who did a disservice to this magical creature, turning her from a beautiful woman with feathery wings, into a fearsome hag? Read more at “Harpies Are Misunderstood

Readers Love to Eavesdrop
Readers Love to Eavesdrop

The third most visited classic blog post in 2014 went back behind the curtain and talked about making fantasy characters real.

This post explored how to build rich fantasy worlds to immerse readers. Part 1 looked at two “big picture” elements in building a fantasy world: maps and politics. This second post took a “medium-sized” view and showed why meat and grog are wimpy.

Lita also explained in this post how to speak in tongues. Read more at “6 Critical Elements for Fantasy World Building (Part 2)

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Hobnobbing With the Wonderful Wizards of Words

Lita recently left her castle in the snowy northern realms for a visit to the 2014 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest ceremony in the sultry swelter of Miami, Florida.

RF Miami 2014. Lita, Lorrie, Jalpa.
2014 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards Contest, Miami. Left to Right: Lita Burke, Lorrie Farrelly, Jalpa Williby.

Lita met fellow writers of many genres, exchanged spell papers (okay, business cards), and drank magical potions (cocktails).

The night air crackled with breathless talk and the lightening-strike pops of flashbulbs. Women wearing sparkling gowns made of starry fireflies floated past tuxedoed gents. The authors clutched their precious books stuffed with beguiling stories, and held them up for the obliging cameras.

RF Miami 2014. Photo courtesy of Jalpa Williby. Used with permission.
2014 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards Contest, Miami. Left to Right: Lita Burke, Jalpa Williby, Linda Watkins. Photo courtesy of Jalpa Williby. Used with permission.

And then there was that breathless minute: walk to center stage, accept the award, and all but swoon from the applause for your story. Heavenly.

Allow Lita to introduce Gentle Reader to the books that the authors are holding in these pictures. Be sure to check out the award-winning stories that these wonderful wizards of words hobnobbed over at the 2014 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest ceremony in Miami.

Terms of Surrender by Lorrie Farrelly is a historical western romance about a former captain in the confederate army, Michael Cantrell, and his search for redemption in the ranch lands of Wyoming.

Terms of Surrender is a Readers’ Favorite Bronze Medal Award Winner in Fiction-Western (2014).

Timelapse by Lorrie Farrelly is a supernatural thriller about Alex, a graduate student, who tragically loses his wife in an accident.

Alex is swept into a time warp where he battles the harsh emotional reality of an alternate universe.

Timelapse is a Readers’ Favorite Honorable Mention Award Winner in Fiction-Paranormal (2014).

Chaysing Dreams by Jalpa Williby is a young adult romance about a teenage girl named Tess and her journey to find the meaning of her disturbing dreams.

Chaysing Dreams is a Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Award Winner in Romance-Suspense (2014).

Chaysing Memories by Jalpa Williby is a young adult romance about a now grown up Tess who has moved on with her life and joined the US Military Special Forces.

Chaysing Memories is a Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Award Winner in Romance-Suspense (2014).

Mateguas Island: A Novel of Terror and Suspense by Linda Watkins is a supernatural thriller about a family down on their luck who inherit a magic-filled malevolent house on an island off the coast of Maine.

Mateguas Island: A Novel of Terror and Suspense is a Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Award Winner in Fiction-Supernatural (2014).

Wrath, Prequel to Tredan’s Bane by Lita Burke is a fantasy about a retired Enchanter who battles a powerful magician to keep a dangerous spell book from falling into the wrong hands.

Wrath, Prequel to Tredan’s Bane is a Readers’ Favorite Honorable Mention Award Winner in Fiction-Short Story (2014).

10,000 Curious Came to See the Show

What a mad, grand day for Lita Burke’s blog. 10,000 views. Smiles from Lita for all of you lovely and curious Gentle Readers who visited.

Many Came to See the Show
Many Came to See the Show

Suppose there was a theater with seats for 10,000 souls who dropped in to see the show.

The main stage featured clever skits about belching dragonsriddling fey, and visiting artisans highlighting their magical yarns.

The theater has many alcoves, wee sideshows, and food hawkers in the wings who serve frightful and delightful treats.

See here is a woman who floats a foot above the floor without a fuss. Waiting nearby is a steampunk gent who tips his hat at you. In this dark props room is a lad who collects broken dolls for the Cirque du Méchant.

Curious Things Hide in the Side Rooms of Lita's Blog
Curious Things Hide in the Side Rooms of Lita’s Blog

The lobby brims with the scents of popcorn and spun sugar treats. Go ahead and have a taste.

Nestled in a lovely display case are books. Step up and sample these oh-so-tasty wonders:

Stop By and See a Sea Dragon Fight
Stop By and See a Sea Dragon Fight

Lita says thank you to all Gentle Readers who have visited her mad and grand blog that is the airship into her fantasy worlds. There are many new tales queuing up for the main stage. Workers are building more side rooms and always expanding the treats selection in the lobby. Stop by anytime to perhaps see sea dragons fighting and indulge in the fun.

 

2013 Lita Burke Blog in Review

Those Clever Business Simians at WordPress.com Crunched the Numbers
Those Clever Business Simians at WordPress.com Crunched the Numbers

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for the “About the Fantasy Worlds of Lita Burke” blog.

The year 2013 draws to a close, and tonight it will be party time for Lita and many others. Let us first indulge in some sober reflection (apologies for the wicked pun) before we open the champagne.

How well did this marvelous airship of a blog transport Gentle Reader there and back again to Lita Burke’s elsewhere worlds? Which post was the most popular destination in 2013? It talked about how fiction writers go invisible in the real world. Who were the top four lovely people that referred others to the blog? The news thrilled Lita to find two new blog friends on this list of referrers. Here is an excerpt from the Lita Burke Blog Annual Report:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,100 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

Wear Whatever Mad Outfit Suits Your Mood and Stop by Lita Burke's Blog in 2014 for a Cuppa Fantasy Fun
Wear Whatever Mad Outfit Suits Your Mood and Stop by Lita Burke’s Blog in 2014 for a Cuppa Fantasy Fun

Thank you for visiting in 2013, Gentle Reader. More journeys to Lita Burke’s fantasy worlds await you in 2014.

We shall have so much fun this coming year, hobnobbing with our fellow wizards and sneaking luscious cinnamon-chocolate-peppery spiced magical kisses from the Enchanters.

Be sure to get your seat on the airship for the next Clockpunk Wizard story Glitter Ponies early in 2014. A little later in the year, we will return to the Enchanters of Sye world with Ghost Orchid.

3 Reasons Why Fiction Writers Worry Extroverts

Mister Introverted Writer Person Says "I'm Okay!"
Mister Introverted Writer Person Says “I’m Okay!”

Let’s talk today about how us introverted fiction writers vex our outgoing opposites. At best, extroverts wonder why we’re so silent. At worst, we fade away.

Lita recently read an article describing the differences between introverts and extroverts. The blog suggested fiction writers are introverts. Of course, we are. Let us explore this fantasy world.

Introverts have rich “inner lives,” prefer quiet environments, enjoy conversations about deep topics, and relish time alone to recharge. Do not confuse introverts with shy people; if properly motivated, introverts are outgoing and charming at a party. But after an hour, the effort exhausts the introverts and we are the first people to flee the gale, I mean gala, and seek a quiet place to regain our wits.

Extroverts thrive in interactions with others. They are party hounds, love small talk, and flock to high-energy people-oriented activities. Extroverts tolerate only small doses of “alone time” before they pick up the phone and seek the company of others. They talk about their families, their hobbies, and most anything that pops in to their head without stopping for breath. How they do go on. They produce a deluge of words, and seek affirmation in the dazzling verbal environment of person-to-person interactions. Fiction writer Lita endured a lifetime of extroverts trying to fix her calm and introspective ways. I wasn’t okay, to their point of view. Nonsense.

Orangutan Looking Like People
Orangutan Looking Like People

Reason #1: Invisibility is Real

Talking heads dominate television. Sporting events have non-stop commentators. Radio DJs chatter. Internet videos analyze everything from the latest celebrity drivel to pointless arguments on how orangutan look (or don’t look) like people.

But there are non-talking persons out there–the introverts. It’s like we have no mouthes. But we can talk plenty. More on this in a few minutes.

Talk, talk, and talk. Because introverts are not talking, we can fade from an extrovert’s notice. I’ve had extroverts continue their talking over the top of my sentences as if I wasn’t speaking. I continued to utter words, and they could not hear me. When I stopped giving non-verbal clues to encourage their outpour, they continued. I’ve even walked away in their mid-sentence (yes, even my patience has limits), and they talked to empty air. Who said invisibility isn’t real?

Talk, Talk, and Talk...
Talk, Talk, and Talk…

Reason #2: Inner Worlds are Talking Plenty

Introverts may have rich inner lives, but introverted writers carry entire worlds inside our heads. These inner worlds whisper, show us images, and endlessly present our story characters’ feelings, thoughts, and actions. We write down the images, sensations, and yes, the words.

This process sounds creepy only if you’re an extrovert. Writers are nodding by now because this is where the ideas for our stories come from. Here is the origin of “creativity.”

Of the fellow fiction writers I’ve talked with, each describes a different creative process. Some say they meditate, exercise, or get close to nature to release their inner stories. Some call it a muse who shats on their heads, while others shrug and say they have no idea how the stories come to them. But the stories appear spontaneously, much the same way the brain runs the heart and lungs with no tending by our conscious minds.

I have good news for the introverts. Fiction writing is the only acceptable occupation where it is okay to listen to the voices inside your head, write down their words, and not have the extroverts worry about your sanity.

Come. Let Us Show You the Worlds Inside Our Heads
Come. Let Us Show You the Worlds Inside Our Heads

Reason #3: Welcome to the Other Worlds

People love fiction, fantasy, and make-believe. As children, our play was making up stories and acting them out with toys and playmates. As adults, we struggle with the responsibilities of caring for family, tending careers, and generally seeing to accumulated responsibilities. But many of us love watching a good movie, or yes, reading a good book.

Where exactly are fictional places like Middle Earth, Hogwarts, and Narnia, on a map? For that matter, where does a Klingon, glitter-faced vampire, and Tinkerbell come from? Can you describe The Force? The Matrix? What Frankenstein’s monster looks like?

All of these pretend people, places, and things, first came from worlds inside of writers’ heads. To the extroverts reading this, please do not worry. Those worlds are a delight to explore. Come, take the introverted writer’s hand, and joins us. We will have such fun, then the writer will see you safely home.