Monday, 29 July 2013

Fantasy Vs Reality

Fantasy versus reality...

I'm going to do a much more comprehensive blog post on this at a later date but I thought it'd be a good headline for this one. As you can see I've been on radio silence since the end of April. No writing, no blogs, no reviews. Heck, I've even let my commitment to writing articles for Fantasy Faction slip.

That, my friends, is reality's fault.

I've just left the Army, and the civilian world is a gut-punch if I've ever felt one. The safety net that's always been there (well, not so much when I was parachuting) has been rolled up and carried off. During this time I've been doing the usual job hunting and temping whilst deciding on a more permanent career field, and also redecorating the back bedroom ready for the new arrival to the family in October. My fiancée and I are expecting our first baby, a little boy, and we're so excited (me because I get to raise him with a love of fairy tales, myths, legends and fantasy - her because she can't wait to get a full night's sleep without the baby kicking her from the inside out).

So my fantasy - my writer/blogger alter ego D. E. M. Emrys (yes, this isn't my real name) - has been forced to step aside for reality for awhile.


That's right, I'm stepping back into the saddle and taking the reins of this mighty steed.

In the spirit of fantasy vs reality, I want YOU, yes YOU buddy, with your keyboard and your mouse and your now widening smile, to take a moment to do something to aid the fantasy vs reality crisis. How? Well, let me tell you...

The David Gemmell Legend Award is a pretty prestigious event - it's a celebration of the who's who in current fantasy literature. With three qualifying categories: Legend (best release of the year), Morningstar (best debut), and Ravenheart (best cover). If you're a fantasy reader be sure to head on over to NOW as voting ends on 31st July. Take 5 minutes of your day (wow, this is beginning to sound like a charity advert) to turn your love of fantasy into a reality for an author, and vote for their work.

Me? I've already voted. I won't tell you who for, yet, but for those of you who have followed this blog you'll be able to guess who. All I can say is best of luck to all the candidates! Fingers crossed, one day I'll elbow my way onto the long list - as might some of you hopeful reader/writers - but until then, let's show our favourite authors our appreciation and make their fantasy's a reality.



  1. You're having a kid? Congrats! I'm not there yet.

    That said, welcome back. Because you've been on radio silence for a while you missed that I as the first book blogger to review Mark Lawrence's EMPEROR OF THORNS. And that I freaked out Peter V. Brett a bit with a twitter post about my review for one of his books. So, yeah. You've been gone a while.

  2. Haha, what have you done to poor PVB?

    And EMPEROR as good as I hope its going to be? I remember you saying that you'd got your hands on an advance copy.

    Yup, +1 to the family come October. It's all go over here! Between warzones and nurseries its a wonder I'm sane any more (well, that's debatable anyway).

  3. I'm probably going to dig up the tweets and put them in a blog post to break up the amount of reviews I've been doing. (Which I'm actually a bit behind on.)

    EOT is so good. I didn't want it to end. I'm actually contemplating reading the whole series again.

    I've been working on HoA like crazy. I'm surprised I have my sanity as well with all the chopping and adding and rewriting I've done.