Gavrilo Princip and Jenkins’ Ear — How Wars Really Begin

A large proportion of fantasy novels involve warfare, and the reasons for those wars starting depend largely on the genre — but they’re usually quite straightforward. If it’s traditional high fantasy, there’s a war because some Evil Overlord wants to conquer and oppress the world, usually for no very clear reason, and the opposing sideContinue reading “Gavrilo Princip and Jenkins’ Ear — How Wars Really Begin”

What Can I Call This World?

Like many fantasy writers, I have a world I come back to over and over again. It has plenty of space for stories, after all, what with seven continents and thousands of years of history. And it’s name is… the Traveller’s World. Not very inspiring, really. It just refers to the fact that the mostContinue reading “What Can I Call This World?”

Which World Is Your Story Set In? — reposted

This article was originally posted on my old blog in 2015. It felt it was well worth reposting, and I hope you’ll agree. People who don’t like fantasy often base their objections on the claim that they prefer to read books or watch films set in the real world. For these people, the dichotomy isContinue reading “Which World Is Your Story Set In? — reposted”

You’re Starting to Drabble

It’s probably fair to say that my natural instinct is to write long stories. I might start with good intentions of keeping it to a story of four or five thousand words, but next time I look it’s into five figures. Some years ago, though, I disciplined myself to start writing flash stories — thatContinue reading “You’re Starting to Drabble”

It’s About Time

Most secondary-world fantasy writers love creating a whole world (or at least a significant part of one) for their characters to play in. They create geography, cultures, races, religions, politics… the list goes on. But there’s one thing most of them seem less thorough about — time. Now, that might seem an odd statement, consideringContinue reading “It’s About Time”

Juvenile Delinquents Against the Future — Dweller in the Crack

Just over a year ago, my novella Dweller in the Crack was published by Gypsy Shadow Publishing — but I didn’t have a blog at the time, so I didn’t note the occasion. So here’s everything you always wanted to know about the book (didn’t you?). Dweller in the Crack is the fourth published storyContinue reading “Juvenile Delinquents Against the Future — Dweller in the Crack”

Never Argue With a Woman Holding a Sword

Earlier this year, my collection Eltava: A Sword for All Ages was published by the lovely people at Gypsy Shadow Publishing. I didn’t have an active blog at the time, though, so I couldn’t announce it. But here it is, better late than never. The collection actually had its roots many years ago, when IContinue reading “Never Argue With a Woman Holding a Sword”

Welcome to the Fantasy Worlds of Nyki Blatchley

So, I have a new website and a new blog — welcome to both. OK, what do you write about for the first post in a new blog? It doesn’t seem right to post something that could just as easily be the two-hundred-and-twelfth blog, so I’ll use this to introduce the site. I did haveContinue reading “Welcome to the Fantasy Worlds of Nyki Blatchley”