S. A. Crawford
Writer, reader, life-long student - being brave and finally taking the plunge by publishing some articles and fiction pieces.
Writing for Your Life
Just like in real life, fights in fiction tend to represent a dramatic change of atmosphere and pace. Even if you're writing an action-packed thriller or a war-filled epic, the reality of close combat is something that should stand out starkly on the pages. Getting the balance right, keeping your reader up to date with the position and condition of your characters, maintaining a realistic pace... it can be daunting.
"If walls could talk..." the woman whispered and stroked my pitted, battled scarred side, "what would they say?" She turned her head, red hair flashing in the sunlight, and smiled at her companion. He grunted something and moved on, uninterested, but her smile, sad and weak, stayed with me for days.
The Sellar Winds
If walls could talk, we would speak of the children of the barley and the wind-buffeted lands that their seeds left to be carried on the winds of change. I was never beautiful; built roughly with stone hewn from the corpses of long-dead volcanos, backed by wattle and daub, topped with highland heather.
What I Learned From Failing my Personal Vocal 2022 Challenge
At the start of 2022, I was in a rut; I was broke, fat, and depressed, and I was worried that my writing would never go anywhere. So I set myself a challenge to write 3 Vocal Media posts a week and join as many Vocal+ challenges as I could.
Momentum, not Motivation
"Motivation" "Drive" "Ambition" These are the driving factors of the world, or so magazines and self-help books would have you believe... so, what if you're someone who struggles to find motivation and drive, or you find that your main ambition is simply to make it through the day? What room is there in the cut-throat world for those with mental, emotional, or physical issues that make finding motivation a stressful and often unfruitful venture?
The Growing Dark
The outside world was unknown to her, but she could see a glimpse of it through the window in his room. Wondrous, lush - deadly. Nature was in control, out there, and only the best and bravest stepped out. It was up to people like Joy, and, of course, her charge Seamus, to keep the insular world of Haven running while the hunters and gatherers did their work,
Fusion Energy is Possible and the Future Could Be Bright
I'm not a scientist, this is both an obvious statement and a disclaimer, but I am intensely interested in climate change, sustainability, and the natural world. That's why the news that an inertial confinement laser-driven fusion machine has produced a conclusively positive fusion energy gain factor has sent me down a research rabbit hole.