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You probably know it's unlucky to leave your Christmas decorations up after Twelfth Night. But what other folklore surrounds this often forgotten festival?

Published by Icy Sedgwick on January 5, 2017

Boost your New Year with Twelfth Night folklore!

Twelfth Night is an often forgotten festival in the English calendar. In the Christian tradition, it mark the start of Epiphany. Briefly, that’s when the Magi visited Jesus. It’s moved around the calendar, but now the traditional date of Epiphany is January 6th. And while Twelfth Night is the eve of Epiphany, there’s still a lot…

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What books did I get for Christmas 2016?

Published by Icy Sedgwick on January 2, 2017

What books did I get for Christmas?

I’m not normally a fan of showing off what I got for Christmas. But this is a blog by a writer, and a book-loving writer at that. So it seemed fair enough to show off the books I got for Christmas in 2016! The links are affiliate links but any money generated goes to pay for my…

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Published by Icy Sedgwick on December 29, 2016

Should you buy Accused: British Witches Throughout History?

Should you buy Accused: British Witches Throughout History? In a short word, yes. But that wouldn’t be much of a review if we left it at that, would it? Written by #FolkloreThursday‘s own Willow Winsham, Accused examines the stories of 11 British witches. Winsham starts in Ireland in 1324, while our final witch is as recent as 1944!…

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Holly and Christmas go together like bacon and eggs...but where did the links first come from? And who is the Holly King, who must battle the Oak King?

Published by Icy Sedgwick on December 15, 2016

What are the festive links with holly and Christmas?

Holly and Christmas are like chocolate eggs and Easter. You can’t imagine one without the other. And there’s something so delightfully festive about holly garlands or wreaths in December. But how did this glossy but prickly plant become such a central part of Christmas decorations? Read on to find out! So what are the links…

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Where you set your story is just as important as what happens in it. So let's look at how to choose locations to boost the world-building of your story!

Published by Icy Sedgwick on December 12, 2016

How to choose locations to boost your story!

Knowing how to choose locations is the easiest way to ensure the success of your world-building. After all, writers often spend a great deal of their time concentrating on developing authentic dialogue. They need fleshed out, 3-dimensional characters. And they spend hours creating a coherent plot, contained within a sensible structure. But what about setting and location?…

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Mistletoe seems a natural part of modern Christmas decorations. But why has it become linked with kissing during the festive period? Find out here!

Published by Icy Sedgwick on December 8, 2016

What strange folklore lies behind mistletoe and Christmas?

Mistletoe is a strange plant. Neither tree nor shrub, it grows between soil and sky on the branches of other trees. It’s rarely found on the oak and ancient Druids viewed mistletoe as sacred if it was. Felling an oak that played host to the parasitic plant invited disaster. In fact, Margaret Baker recounts the story…

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Not sure what to buy the book lover in your life? Order a gift box from the Blind Date Book Company and let them make the decision for you!

Published by Icy Sedgwick on December 5, 2016

Give a gift from the Blind Date Book Company!

Not sure what to buy the book lover in your life? Might I suggest a gift box from the Blind Date Book Company? I was very lucky to win one of their gift boxes (so this post isn’t sponsored or affiliated, it’s just a grateful review). But with Christmas coming up, I thought I’d point…

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Krampus, sometimes seen as the Anti Santa, emerged into the mainstream last year with his own movie. But who is he...and how is he linked with Christmas?

Published by Icy Sedgwick on December 1, 2016

Will Krampus pay you a visit this year?

Most people will have heard of Santa Claus. But it wasn’t really until last year that his dark twin Krampus finally poked his horned head into the limelight. Having your own Hollywood movie will do that to your media profile. But Krampus has been well known in Alpine regions for centuries. While the Feast of St….

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Fairies are actually tricksters, not the sweet cherubs of Disney. So what happened when a midwife in Northumberland was hired to deliver a fairy baby?

Published by Icy Sedgwick on November 24, 2016

What happened when a Northumberland midwife met the fairies?

Fairies appear in a lot of the folklore of the United Kingdom. But they crop up a lot in tales from Northumberland. As November has been Northumbrian Folklore Month here on the blog, I thought it was high time we went to visit the fairies! After all, last week we asked if they were responsible…

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If you want to make a living with your writing then you need a particular mindset. Here are 9 things you need to think about to get you on the right path!

Published by Icy Sedgwick on November 21, 2016

9 important tasks to make a living with your writing

It’s only natural to want to make a living with your writing. But it’s also incredibly difficult! After all, you’ll be competing with thousands of other authors. And with readers trained to expect books for free, you might think it’s an uphill struggle. But writers like JF Penn prove that it is possible. I went to her workshop…

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