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M.J. Stevens – Author and Creative Spirit

A young woman trying to make sense of the world

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January 2016

Game on! 2012 to 2016!

In 2012 I was starting to get the characters together for The Guardians Series. They were all new to me at that time, well not Mellea I guess, she’s as old as time! But I wanted to do something fun to set them out in a creative way. Some of you may have seen the TEAM MELLEA poster earlier this week. It’s from a larger mind map. I’ve decided to re-do it! (I hope you can tell which is which!! Just look for Anrella’s amazing new hair! :D)

The idea is you can play as various characters and I’ve selected Mellea. I tried to keep the faces the same, but some I tweaked because I know them much better now.

 

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THE GUARDIANS SERIES CONCEPT 2012 (M.J. STEVENS)

 

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THE GUARDIANS SERIES CONCEPT 2016 (M.J. STEVENS)

 

 

Happy Birthday, Bound!


Hello everyone!

Did you know that Monday 25th January marks BOUND’s second birthday? It’s almost hard to believe! For those who don’t know, BOUND originated in a very tiny way from a game I used to play, in my head, when I was about 10 years old. Everything starts somewhere! Since then it went through about 8 full manuscripts, 2 hardcore sessions with authors, about 20 buckets of tears from me, 1 large design project and TADAA~ it exists!

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The last two years have taught me so much about writing, publish and establishing a business. Whilst there is so many tips out there in cyberspace, there is no set guide on how to become an indie author. It’s all about what works for you, how you want to create your book, what events you want to attend, who you commission for art or design works, how much you charge or are willing to spend… it’s all totally on you. It’s been a big learning curve but I love every aspect about being indie and carving my own path.

I can’t wait to start working fully on my next project, details of which I will be announcing on 27th Feb which is my birthday (when better?)

Mellea and Leo plushie

 

Authors are artists. English is our paint.

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I love English. I love being a native speaker; I love its challenges and its beauty.
It’s hard to know exactly how many words a language has, and English is always evolving to new and stranger fronts. There are over 170,000 words in current use and about 90,000 obsolete. However, the beauty of English is that it can be shaped to express beauty, love, passion, frustration, anger, lust and more in several different ways. Our Thesaurus is the largest of any language and – in the case of some languages – they don’t even have different words for expressions. Talk about calling a spade a spade!
Authors contribute to this. We have the power to change the world of words. In fact creating new words that influence and enrich the English language (no, not your nae nae’s and stuff!) is what we do. This is termed “Authorisms”.
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One of my favourite examples is the word Pandaemonium, a word we all know (I would hope). I grew up thinking it meant crazy, busy… something to that end. But did you know it was first made true in literature in 1667 by John Milton? It is the capital of Hell in his epic poem Paradise Lost.
Let’s not also forget: Freelance, Catch-22, Cyberspace and good old Serendipity all created by authors in books and poems.
 
I don’t know all the words and sometimes I make mistakes because English is such a complex language with so many alternative meanings but, truth be told – English is so much fun. You can mix and swap z’s and k’s and all kinds of stuff for entertainment.
So yay for English! I wonder what it will look like in another 20 years?
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