Hi! It looks I’m back!

I know, I’ve disappeared for a long time. It’s been a complicated few months. When I went back to work last September, my flow with Medium was broken. And to be honest, I was also a bit disheartened. Last year, I worked a lot for my Medium publications during the lockdown, but I had underwhelming results. When I went back to work and had to juggle my Medium writing with my day job — and y blog — I just let go a little. I’ll be honest, I almost decided to give up Medium altogether…


Standing by the characters: the secret of the narrator’s superpower

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Stories are communications. Therefore there will be a transmitting point and a receiving point.

On the outside, it’s quite intuitive. The two points are:The author transmits their stories by creating it, publishing it, and generally making it available.
The reader receives the story by buying it, reading it and generally enjoying it.

The story wouldn’t exist without the creating effort of the author, yet the real point from which the story is transmitted isn’t outside the story but inside.

The author creates the story but doesn’t transmit it. …

I don’t have time, I wouldn’t keep up, I can do it on my own anytime I want. Put aside the excuses and find your reading group!

Can you believe that my Tolkien Reading Group turns four-year-old today?

I hardly can. When I started reading Tolkien for a reading challenge four years ago, I never dreamed of this.

As I’ve told elsewhere, in the summer of 2017, I took up a reading challenge on Litsy — the #LotRChapteraDay — to read Tolkien’s major works one chapter a day. I almost missed that one, but in the end, I jumped into it and loved it. So much so that once the challenge was over, a few of us kept reading with the aim to read Tolkien, one chapter…

Tolkien was fascinated with the theme of ‘The Fall’, so no surprise that he absorbed the millennia-old myth of Atlantis rise to wisdom and fall to decadence into his Middle-earth legendarium

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Then suddenly fire burst from the Meneltarma, and there came a mighty wind and a tumult of the earth, and the sky reeled, and the hills slid, and Númenor went down into the sea, with all its children and its wives and its maidens and its ladies proud; and all its gardens and its halls and its towers, its tombs and its riches, and its jewels and its webs and its things painted and carven, and its laughter and its mirth and its music, its wisdom and its lore: they vanished forever.

JRR Tolkien

Before The Hobbit publication in…

Dialogue tags may sound necessary, but they often slow down the dialogue instead of enhancing it. Here are a few tips on keeping them useful and under control.

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Dialogue tags are those short sentences following a line of dialogue that tells us who’s speaking. They are called ‘tags’ because they are generally very short and specify the main sentence, which is the line of dialogue.
The job of a dialogue tag is to let the reader know who’s talking. This is its main job.
By keeping the movement straight in the reader’s mind, tags make dialogue clearer and easier to follow.
Dialogue is a very powerful narrative tool because they express the words of the characters without filters. They are given to the reader as they are. Readers are free to…

Of course, there are many interpretations applicable to Tolkien’s work, but to me, the most enriching is the one connected to WWI.

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There is enrichment in hybridisation. I’ve always believed it. And last month only confirmed it to me.

The reason why I’ve been so scars recently is that I’ve been busy with two very demanding projects: the AtoZ Blogging Challenge, which I dedicated to World War I this year, and a video course about Tolkien, which I worked with three other passionate readers. Marco Dalla Valle, the conjurer of the project, created a section about reading Tolkien’s work in the context of bibliotherapy. Roberta Tosi speaks about Tolkien’s art and its relations to his literary work. Emiliano Martinelli, lookes into Tolkien’s…

On Tolkien Reading Day, I want to share some of my favourite quotes from Tolkien’s universe.

Do you have any favourite quotes?


Hope and Courage, two of Tolkine’s more powerful themes.

On Tolkien Reading Day, I want to share some of my favourite quotes from Tolkien’s universe with you.
Do you have any favourite quotes?

Keep an open mind. Listen to your reader. Don’t be afraid to change course

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When I created my blog on 8 March 2014, I didn’t feel particularly confident about it.

I had contemplated creating a blog many times because I read many, and I loved it. And yet — my own blog? What would I possibly write on my blog? I don’t have an exciting life and don’t have special insights to give to people. I thought I simply didn’t have anything to say, and if I had started my blog, it would have died in a few months. …


Author of historical fantasy novels set in the 1920s | Dieselpunk | 1920s social history blogger | Hopeless Tolkien nerd https://theoldshelter.com/

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