Writing Great Fantasy: World Building Workshop {Review}

Today I have a different sort of review for you. As many of you know I am currently writing a book. I have a few different books started but this current one is the biggie for me. I often look at courses to improve my writing skills or teach me more about the genre I am writing in.

I want to give my readers something with is compelling, believeable and enjoyable. I want to immerse them in a world they feel is real. Thanks to Facebook’s marketing I am often suggested new course providers and courses. In this instance it was Udemy and a writing course.

I had a browse of the online catalogue and came across the course Writing Great Fantasy: World Building Workshop. Looking at the module breakdown it was perfect. The course material is only 4.5 hours long but has a lot of assignment style questions along the way.

I finished the course yesterday and I have to say I really enjoyed it. It covered everything you  need to know about creating a world, from how to draw a map to creating creatures. The lectures were really well done and very thought provoking. I have come away from the course brimming with ideas and a million things I want to now add, it’s given me the opportunity to consider things I would never have thought of and I now have the ability to create a well rounded believable world for my characters.

I really had fun with the map making and character creation parts of the course. They provided me much needed knowledge and I filled gaps in my map that I hadn’t realised would be problematic.

A massive bonus to this course is that when you finish you get a fantastic discount to use against the course Writing Your Fantasy Novel by the same instructor, Jason Link. I will  be taking up that offer, however, I have another course through them I also bought when on offer to start first. This one is called Ninja Writing: The Four Levels of Mastery which sounds great.

The courses can be a bit expensive if you get them full price (though very worth it) but Udemy often have sales where you can pick up the courses for £9.99 so it might be worth it to keep checking back if you want the lower cost.

All in all if you want to write fantasy I would absolutely recommend this course.

Here is a copy of my certificate of completion and the map I made, I have blurred out the names of places to leave some mystery and intrigue for my readers.

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As of today’s date (30/01/2019) there is a current sale on for reduce price courses, the ones I mentioned above are all included.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

 

 

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Whitelines Paper and App {Review}

Hey Everyone,

A little while ago I came across something on a study Instagram account that had me intrigued. As I looked into it I found there were actually quite a lot of students that use it.

I’m talking about Whitelines Notepaper. Whitelines is designed with special whitelined grid that can be scanned using an app so you can produce a digital photo of the handwritten image.

Below is an example of an original and scanned copy.

I really like how this works. I mean I still have to type up stuff but at least all notes are automatically there for me to reference back too.

The only slight issue is that pastel doesn’t show up well on the scanned copy. Black and dark colours show up really well though.

All in all it’s a really good little tool. The notebooks aren’t too expensive either. The A4 one was £6.50 and A5 was £5.50 both can be found at Amazon and are available with Prime shipping. The app to use in conjunction with the paper is free to download via your app store.

I’d love to know if you use Whitelines and how you find it.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Study Woes and Pretty Planners

Hey, 

Well I have to say that my studies have been a bit of a nightmare so far. I spent most of November really ill and in and out of hospital which has had a massive impact on my studies and I am seriously behind. 

My first TMA was due on the 30th November but I was granted an extension until 14th December. It’s now the 13th and I’m still not finished. My toddler was poorly and off nursery and very clingy so I’ve literally just started getting my mornings back. 

It’s a 1500 word assignment primarily on the doctrinal approach and the strengths and weaknesses of this approach. 

I have about 500 words so far on the strengths and I will type the rest up this morning. 

It has been a very interesting topic especially in using mental capacity to highlight the pitfalls of using such an approach. The next block which I am 2 weeks years behind on is regarding the historical approach to legal research, this also looks like an interesting block to do. 

I can’t tell you how relieved I am that we have the Christmas break off as it will give me a chance to catch up on everything as I will admit I am starting to feel overwhelmed by how far behind I am. I particularly like to read a lot around subjects and currently don’t feel like I have the option to do it much due to the amount I am behind. It’s a good job I love to study:)

On the plus side I have a beautiful new study planner which I will be using for 2018 and I plan to break things down better so I am always more aware of what’s coming up. I have another TMA due on the 1st Feb and I start Jury Service on 29th January so I must get it done before then as I really won’t have time otherwise. 

I am really looking forward to going into the new year. I feel like after this year things can only get better and I want to excel at what I’m doing. I haven’t even looked at my Fiction Writing course since October, that’s my problem with non deadline courses. I’m going to set myself deadlines for that one as well so it doesn’t get left behind especially as writing is important to me. 

Anyway that is enough rambling from me thanks for reading:) 

The Stationery Geekette x

P.S for those who are interested, the Galaxy 2018 planner is a Recollections branded planner from Michaels in the U.S. A beautiful soul (Francesca) brought one over for me on her visit to the U.K. The top planner is a Nayadori from Naya Paperie and it is a B6 travelers notebook in cinnamon stick colour

LLM Studies: Week 1 {Doctrinal Research Methods}

Hey Everyone.

My Masters officially started on the 4th and I have to admit I am totally out of practice with this level of study.

Our first topic/block is regarding Doctrinal Research Methods and in particular relating to mental capacity. 

I find the topic really interesting. I would consider myself more of a research based student and this approach resonates with me. 

We have been looking at a case Re F (Mental patient sterilisation) [1990] 2 AC 1 where a lady with the mental capacity of a child enters a relationship. The Mother and Doctors treating the lady wish to perform sterilisation to prevent a possible pregnancy. Contraception is not a possibility and the mental well-being of the lady in question would only suffer futher with pregnancy/childbirth. 

The courts found in favour in this case and it was said that in all future cases where such serious operations are a possibility then the High Court must be consulted.

The law in this area still needs a lot of work and there are many issues which come to light regarding this situation. 

If the patient does not have the capacity to deal with pregnancy does she in fact understand the implications of sex? 

It may also be necessary to consider the possibility of having same sex only wards where patients are mentally vulnerable.

I’m still working through the material and looking to understand this area more but it certainly getting me interested and asking questions. 

What are your thoughts regarding this case? Or area of law? What changes do you feel should be made? I’d love to hear what you think. 

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x