Browsing Archive: May, 2011


Posted by K. S. Dearsley on Saturday, May 14, 2011, In : FantasyFiction 
It's strange how seeing your story in print can change the way you feel about it.  Maybe it's the influence of the other stories around it, maybe it's something to do with how it's illustrated.  You begin to see how other people might interpret it, and that might not be the way you intended.  According to reader-response theory, no text is complete until it's been read, and then only for that reading, so seeing work in a different context is bound to change it.
Bearing this in mind, I read th...
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Less Is More

Posted by K. S. Dearsley on Monday, May 2, 2011, In : Inspiration 
I'd been trying to find ways of describing the sunny weather, struggling to find fresh metaphors and to recreate how it felt to experience spring.  Then I remembered one hot summer's day last year when I kept cool by reading Ernest Shackleton's account of his ill-fated Antarctic expedition, South.  He used little figurative language.  He simply told the tale, and somehow that simplicity was more moving than any number of adjectives.  Without endless metaphors or descriptions of how it felt - ...
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My writing career began as a freelance feature writer for the local press, businesses and organisations. Now a prize-winning playwright and short story writer, my work has appeared in numerous publications on both sides of the Atlantic. I write as K. S. Dearsley because it saves having to keep repeating my forename, and specialise in fantasy and other speculative genres.

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