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K.S. Nikakis

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in London, The United Kingdom
July 10, 1955

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Karen Simpson Nikakis grew up in a small country town in NE Victoria, Australia where she was fortunate enough to ride her horse through beautiful alpine scenery. This continues to influence her world-building in her deep fantasy works.

Her professional career has been based in education at the Secondary College, AMEC, TAFE and University levels, at a variety of Australian and International Universities. She holds a M.Ed(Hons) in fantasy and a Ph.D in Campbell's hero myth.

She headed the Bachelor of Writing and Publishing degree at Melbourne Polytechnic, from its inception in 2008 until its discontinuation in 2016. She is presently an independent author and publisher with SOV Media, Communications Consultant, and qualified Life Coach.

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K.S. Nikakis I am biased towards my own works, so at present it is Etaine and Cormac in The Emerald Serpent. Their love affair goes amiss, with tragic…moreI am biased towards my own works, so at present it is Etaine and Cormac in The Emerald Serpent. Their love affair goes amiss, with tragic consequences, through neither of their faults. In the end, both make the necessary sacrifices to right the situation, and save their people.(less)
K.S. Nikakis Thanks for the question. Writer's block just means you are sitting staring at the screen or sitting staring at the screen and swearing! I see writing…moreThanks for the question. Writer's block just means you are sitting staring at the screen or sitting staring at the screen and swearing! I see writing as a continuous problem solving exercise. Why did the character do x,y or z? If x was to happen, what would the character do? Why would the character do it? To come up with solutions to the sorts of empty spaces in your writer's brain, you have to think about what you know about the characters and the setting and what's happened so far. If you really are at a loss, just make your character do something. It doesn't matter what; if it all goes pear-shaped you can hit the delete key (the writer's best friend). Often the story will go off in surprising directions.

I think also writer's block can be tiredness or staleness. I gaze out the window a lot. Don't be in a rush or feel pressured. Pick up your favourite book or mag and have a read. Or, jump to a scene you have been dying to write and write it first. You can write your story in any order you like. I hope this helps you because it helps me.(less)
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Suffering is intrinsic to the nature of the hero, and to the hero journey and yet heroes seem to heal quickly both physically and psychologically. Brutal physical fights leave them with cuts on their eyebrows and grazes on the cheeks, or a slash to the arm that they bind up with dirty cloth (like Aragorn after Boromir’s death), to never suffer ill effects from again.

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Clever, innovative, thought-provoking, but left me emotionally unmoved. Some powerful images in some places connected a bit tenuously.
K.S. Nikakis added a status update: Well, finished this. Not sure about it. Had great parts; had powerful parts; had a very gradual build and not much of a climax. The build mimics the road trip in lots of respects. Left me thinking - a good thing- but not much moved.
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Fabulous book. Great conversational tone, very informative but not strings of facts. A good resource for a deep fantasy writer ie me.
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