Is It Magic Realism or Is It Fantasy?

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I write across multiple genres. Recently, my Contemporary Western Romance, Western Song was published by Solstice Publishing. Straight forward. Not a hint of magic, magic realism, or fantasy anywhere there. I greatly enjoyed writing Western Song, and am so appreciative of Solstice. And here’s the best part. They publish multiple anthologies throughout the years, so multiple opportunities for their authors to create new work. Their newest anthology is Fantasy.  I wrote a short story for that one, and wow! What fun it was to be back in the “magical” realm again.

I love working with that “sixth” dimension in my writing. It causes my imagination to soar.  Working again in that realm, I ruminated anew on the differences between Magical Realism and Fantasy. Writers live in a word of categories arguably more now than ever before. So how do you know whether what you are writing is Magical Realism or…

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Is It Magic Realism or Is It Fantasy?

I write across multiple genres. Recently, my Contemporary Western Romance, Western Song was published by Solstice Publishing. Straight forward. Not a hint of magic, magic realism, or fantasy anywhere there. I greatly enjoyed writing Western Song, and am so appreciative of Solstice. And here’s the best part. They publish multiple anthologies throughout the years, so multiple opportunities for their authors to create new work. Their newest anthology is Fantasy.  I wrote a short story for that one, and wow! What fun it was to be back in the “magical” realm again.

I love working with that “sixth” dimension in my writing. It causes my imagination to soar.  Working again in that realm, I ruminated anew on the differences between Magical Realism and Fantasy. Writers live in a word of categories arguably more now than ever before. So how do you know whether what you are writing is Magical Realism or Fantasy?

Bruce Holland Rogers writes in “What Is Magical Realism, Really?”  Magical realism “is not speculative and does not conduct thought experiments. Instead, it tells its stories from the perspective of people who live in our world and experience a different reality from the one we call objective. If there is a ghost in a story of magical realism, the ghost is not a fantasy element but a manifestation of the reality of people who believe in and have “real” experiences of ghosts. Magical realist fiction depicts the real world of people whose reality is different from ours. It’s not a thought experiment. It’s not speculation. Magical realism endeavors to show us the world through other eyes….As a tool, magical realism can be used to explore the realities of characters or communities who are outside of the objective mainstream of our culture.”

Can be and often is used just this way. Think of the introduction to Columbian and South American culture and everyday life the granddaddy of Magical Realism Novels One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez gave to the rest of the world. Or Like Water for Chocolate? What an elegant, mystical, and poignant gateway both of these pieces provided. Beautiful and so very painful, more so because of the beauty and simplicity of the writing. I believe the impact would have been nowhere as compelling or powerful without the use of Magical Realism because it was through this use that the very culture and the people were conveyed. Many argue Magical Realism was, in fact, born in these regions.

If you are writing Magical Realism you are making the ordinary miraculous and the miraculous ordinary. You are writing about real people living in real time, going about their real lives, but one that is very different from the “mainstream,” and you are showing us their experience, their life through their eyes.

So what is Fantasy? Fantasy often takes place in an imaginary universe (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) but can have “real” locations, events, and even humans. Most, if not all fantasy has supernatural or surreal or magical elements and may employ magical creatures as well. It can even take place on Earth but in an unknown world such as underground or in a secret forest. There are hard and fast rules as to how the “magic” can be applied as opposed to Magical Realism where the ordinary can explode into the miraculous but goes unnoticed or is simply a part of the daily experience.

Some argue that Magical Realism is the “deeper,” more “serious” form. And indeed, there is much compelling Magical realism literature: The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende, Beloved by Toni Morrison, and the Tin Drum by Gunter Grass in addition to the others already mentioned to name just a handful—books that have all impacted my life. But did these tomes have more impact than Dune by Frank Herbert; Watership Down by Richard Adams; or A Wizard of Earthsea by the incomparable Ursula LeGuin.

Some may consider Fantasy silly or escapist. But in my working with Fantasy—both in reading and writing, I have found the power of the creation of these new worlds compelling and inspiring. And at the heart the values remain the same: the triumph of good over evil; the unchangeable desire for justice to prevail; and, of course and always, the unquenchable search for love.

Different tools, different pathways, the use of different methods, lead to different genres. In the end—what do you want to express? What world do you want to create?

The initial questions will lead you to the answer—is it Magic Realism or is it Fantasy?

This blog is part of Zoe Brooks’s annual Magic Realism Blog Hop. Please click on the blue frog where you will find links to all the other blogs. Happy reading!

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That Summer Day

That Summer Day Vol. 1

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A day where the sun seems to shine forever, spring gives way to summer and everyone is celebrating with picnics, playing on the beach, and just having fun. Stories about this day are yours from eight very talented authors.

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Fun in the sun turns into a nightmare after a murder.

A summer reunion ignites romance.

City vs Country: which one will prevail?

Goldilocks and Baby Bear like you’ve never seen them before

A promise leaves them wondering about the future.

Summer Solstice on a distant planet provides adventure, romance, and mystery for two, star-crossed lovers.

Can a stranger save her?

The fate of the world lies with a conflicted angel

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The longest day of the year. Fun in the sun. Renewing friendships. Continuing traditions. Adventures of all sorts. K.A. Meng, Debbie De Louise, Stephy Smith, Justin Herzog, K.C. Sprayberry, Candace Sams, Margaret Scott, and Alex Pilalis bring you stories to entertain on this very special day.

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In a split second, the future Keaghan Graham dreamt of shattered into a million pieces, along with the remnants of his broken heart.

He escapes in search of an end to the inconceivable pain he feels after an unimaginable loss.

Will a chance meeting with a triad of Magical beings give his life purpose again?

He learns that nothing happens, simply by chance.

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Every twist in fate will reveal his destiny in the exact preordained moment in time it was meant to.

They are preparing Keaghan to become one of the twelve warriors of the Zodiac Illuminaries of Ravenokh.

Will he rise to the challenge and accept the call of the universe?

Enlightenment awaits just beyond the Cusp of Magic.

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DESERT CHIMERA FREE @ CHOOSY BOOKWORM

Jay at Choosy Bookworm is offering a brilliant program for readers and writers. Through a selection process, he offers several books at bargain prices or for free. Readers get to sample new wares, and writers get new audiences. The price of admission– reviews.

Right now, DESERT CHIMERA, Book One of my psychic mystery series STONE QUEST is available at Choosy Bookworm.

DESERT CHIMERA introduces the reader to Luke Stone, recluse, tracker, and reluctant psychic visionary, and to his paranormal universe. Luke has been sequestered in the serene woods of Northern Michigan under the tutelage of Cherokee shaman Shadow Wolf, whom he calls, Grandfather. But when Grandfather suddenly dies, Luke flees on a desperate cross-country quest that heads him into the heart of Death Valley.

There, Luke is assaulted with terrifying visions of the apocalypse. While praying in agony for release, a shimmering specter arises from the sands to stand beside him. This is not the one Luke has sought. Instead, this is the One from whom Luke had thought he;d escaped seven long years before — the black magician, his nemesis, Armand Jacobi.

Now Luke is confronted with the full horrors of his past. The battle that ensues, with the lives of fellow travelers, including the lovely Consuelo Arroyo with whom Luke has fallen in love hanging in the balance, will culminate in either Luke’s total destruction or his ultimate redemption.

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Be the gatekeepers

Angela M Caldwell

While doing some research online, I discovered an article that lumped all indie authors and their books into one category: a waste of money. The author’s goal was to inform the public on how to avoid buying a horrible indie book. No, I will not share the link because there was only a dash of truth in his rant. He was wrong for the most part because he forgot about so many writers who invest in their work.

This blog got me thinking about creativity in general and how much creative people struggle in silence.

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Writers and Artists pour their souls into their projects for months or even years. Sleepless nights become common as their minds continue to spin wanting to make their creation the best it can be. They are dedicated souls and most people have no idea the angst creative people go through to…

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OURAY’S PEAK- by LEIGH PODGORSKI

Check out Author Brian Wilson’s latest Hidden Treasure Books for a blurb on OURAY’S PEAK & NEURI SHAPE-SHIFTER. Thanks to Brian! Also– stop by AMAZON to check out Brians’ BUMPY ROADS!

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Chief Jack knew: whenever the red man wars against the white, it is always the red man who loses.
But which was she?
Jamie said his mother’s blood flowed in his veins.
Just so, her father’s blood flowed in hers.
And so it had been husband against wife.
Father against daughter.
Brother against sister.
Whenever the red man wars against the white, it is always the red man who loses.
And what if the red man is you?
And what if the white man is you?
And what if the red man and what if the white man both together, mixed together, flowed freely together in the same veins and those veins were you?

Ouray’s Peak is the journey of heroine Kristin Tabor that takes her cross country and deep within the Rocky Mountains in search of her mother, leading to the discovery of her Ute Indian heritage…

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OURAY’S PEAK PROMO & A TALE FROM O’REILLY’S PORCH

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“… gripping, thrilling, touching, ..perfect…The only reason this book got put down were things I couldn’t postpone any longer- supper was already late, the errands were put to the last minute… I couldn’t stop reading. You won’t either. Read this book. B.R.A.G.H OURAY’S PEAK 5 out of 5 stars.
“[O]ne of the best novels I have read…Leigh Podgorski paints a scenic picture of the Colorado mountain country and the Indian reservation in this beautiful, memorable, coming of age story… unique storytelling…[I] look forward to more from this author. Thank you Ms. Podgorski, I didn’t want the story to end! Jacqueline Bryant reviewed Ouray’s Peak 5 out of 5 stars…

Chief Jack knew: whenever the red man wars against the white, it is always the red man who loses.
But which was she?
Jamie said his mother’s blood flowed in his veins.
Just so, her father’s blood flowed in hers.
And…

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OURAY’S PEAK PROMO & A TALE FROM O’REILLY’S PORCH

“… gripping, thrilling, touching, ..perfect…The only reason this book got put down were things I couldn’t postpone any longer- supper was already late, the errands were put to the last minute… I couldn’t stop reading. You won’t either. Read this book. B.R.A.G.H OURAY’S PEAK 5 out of 5 stars.
“[O]ne of the best novels I have read…Leigh Podgorski paints a scenic picture of the Colorado mountain country and the Indian reservation in this beautiful, memorable, coming of age story… unique storytelling…[I] look forward to more from this author. Thank you Ms. Podgorski, I didn’t want the story to end! Jacqueline Bryant reviewed Ouray’s Peak 5 out of 5 stars…

Chief Jack knew: whenever the red man wars against the white, it is always the red man who loses.
But which was she?
Jamie said his mother’s blood flowed in his veins.
Just so, her father’s blood flowed in hers.
And so it had been husband against wife.
Father against daughter.
Brother against sister.
Whenever the red man wars against the white, it is always the red man who loses.
And what if the red man is you?
And what if the white man is you?
And what if the red man and what if the white man both together, mixed together, flowed freely together in the same veins and those veins were you?

Ouray’s Peak is the journey of Kristin Tabor that takes her cross country and deep within the Rocky Mountains in search of her mother, leading her to the discovery of her Ute heritage, and eventually opening her heart to love, reunification, and hope.

The novel is being offered as a GoodReads Autographed Giveaway Promo through September 29th
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In another life, in another world, at another time, I took a detour from my beloved, from my drug of choice; I suppose one could say, for a brief moment in time— I lost my mind. In my early twenties I thought perhaps what I really really wanted to be was– gasp– an actress. I spent two whirlwind years at bucolic New England College in Henniker, NH– a lovely counterpoint to the hustle of Boston where I had done undergraduate work at Boston University. NEC offered something no other college or university– at least I checked out could rival– a semester abroad touring the British Isles with three separate evenings of theatre! Talk about baptism under fire!

One of our most erudite professors who made his home at our sister college in Arundel, Sussex, England was Clapham Murray– though we all knew him as Cope. Recently, because of this wonderful invention the Internet, I have reconnected with Cope and his son Peter who was but a mere lad while we were in Arundel rehearsing madly for thirty days before we set out, returning gratefully to the gracious campus for badly needed respites in between our tours all over green and glorious Great Britain. No one who was lucky enough to get to do the Arundel Tour ever forgot it, and I was indeed one of the lucky ones.

Cope directed one of our one-act plays, The White Whore and the Bit Player, and I suffered great bouts of jealousy that I was not cast to play either part. He is also an actor, appearing in several films, and a long time member of The Barnstormers Theatre in Tamworth, New Hampshire. Cope is also a writer, and has a new book hot off the presses, which it is my honor to feature on my blog:

Tales from O’Reilly’s Porch takes us back to a time when the world was all gin and cookies.

But who thought the girl of your dreams would write you off, by telling you that you are still a boy. So, you and your friend, Tabor Anthony, wanted to reenact Manet’s The Luncheon. So, one of the girls was buck-naked. After all, it was a party weekend. And then she said, “maybe the army can make a man of you; one can only hope.”

Little did she know. Who thought you were going to run into Jon Luther Halbrand, a gung ho West Point graduate, or that you would get involved with a theatre group called The Off-base Players, and that the leading lady would try to seduce you, a married woman no less. A boy, huh?

And then there was Gabby, Gabriella Kelly.

You can pick up your copy from Kindle and amazonbooks.com

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This review is from: A Tale From O’Reilly’s Porch (Paperback) by Lyman Gilmore

A delightful page-turner from beginning to end! It is one young man’s engaging trip from college graduation where they mispronounced his name through an hilarious stint in the army and a satiric Texas country club society dance to his love for and commitment to theatre.

Happy traveling, my friends!

Is it or Isn’t It Magic Realism and Does it Matter?

News and Musings From Violet Hills Productions

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Magical realism, unlike the fantastic or the surreal, presumes that the individual requires a bond with the traditions and the faith of the community, that s/he is historically constructed and connected. (P. Gabrielle Foreman. Past on Stories: History and the Magically Real, Morrison and Allende on Call. Magical Realism. Ed. Zamora and Faris, p. 286).

Magical Realism takes the supernatural for granted and spends more of its space exploring the gamut of human reactions (Susan J. Napier. The Magic of Identity: Magic Realism in Modern Japanese Fiction.).

Magic realism (is) a kind of modern fiction in which fabulous and fantastical events are included in a narrative that otherwise maintains the ‘reliable’ tone of objective realistic report. Designating a tendency of the modern novel to reach beyond the confines of realism and draw upon the energies of fable, folk tale, and myth while maintaining a strong contemporary social relevance. The fantastic…

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