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  • Chris Bannor

Some Midsummer Love

Anyone else about to enter panic mode for NaNoWriMo? Just me? Good for you! After an abysmal writing week (or two) I returned to the plot of my new novel and found… plot holes. And I’ve learned that trying to plot it all out might be detrimental to my health. Or perhaps I just need more practice. I’m still slowly plugging along today and I’m hoping that I can have a couple of uninterrupted hours of writing once I get this post done!

The weather here in (sometimes) sunny California has been doing me wrong, though. I was preparing to dig out my sweaters and embrace the cooler weather, but then it’s supposed to be 90 tomorrow (but back to the low 70’s at the end of the week again). My response to the changing weather, as any good Shakespeare lovers should be, is that Titania and Oberon had better start treating each other right! Of course, I’m referring to my favorite play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I love the fairies in Midsummer, and I adore Puck!

This is not your childhood faery, though. This is not the cartoon version that darts around on delicate wings, and sweetly smiles. Puck was dark and mischievous. He was a troublemaker and had no remorse for the lives of the mortals he interfered with. These are the fae I love best.

Not surprisingly, the fae are a major part of the novel I am currently writing. And it’s not the first time I’ve stepped out of our world and into the urban fantasy realm with humans and fae interacting. Today, I’m going to talk about my inspiration for the story, “The Hunt”. It originally came out at the end of 2019 in Hawthorn & Ash and was reprinted in the anthology The Best of Iron Faerie Publishing 2019 in early 2020.

While I love anything to do with the fae - and the supernatural in general - I am also a fan of questioning what would reality be like if they walked among us? I put the story in the point of view of a fae who lives in a modern world where the fae have integrated with the human population without us knowing.

As a piece of flash fiction, I wanted to capture the personality of the world and though I can’t answer the question in this one piece, I found it interesting to ask one simple thing. Who polices the unknown?

I hope this was a fun look into my brain, and I hope you grab a copy of The Best of Iron Faerie Publishing 2019. To learn more about the book, please click on the link below. You can also sign up for my upcoming newsletter to get free reads, resources, and other announcements about new works.

If you’re in the middle of NaNoWriMo, I hope you’re killing that word count! If you’re like me (and way behind), there is still plenty of time to get those words done! Hope you have a great day and happy writing!


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