A Map of Not-Westeros

So here is this map I drew in 2006….

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Do you notice any similarities? I have to say, I drew this at a time when I had no idea what A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE was, I hadn’t read A Game of Thrones, never even heard of it… Believe it or not…

So I guess the similarity in the general shape is easy to explain: I modeled my map after Great Britain like George RR Martin did (and after Walter Moers’ maps of Zamonia as you can see in the picture below). What’s harder to explain, is the giant WALL I put there in the north – I mean, I have a perfect explanation: It was built there as a barrier to Shadowland, where monsters live – but also… no, I won’t reveal any of the plot twists here.

 

Even though I’ve planned this epic fantasy tale eleven years ago, I haven’t abandoned it yet. The only reason I never wrote it -I had plotted it, created my world, its inhabitants, rules, myths, a protagonist, and his goal, I had tried out a few voices -is became I got distracted with other projects. First, I got this scholarship for writing a play, then there were some screenplays, yet another play and finally, I had a book deal for my first and then for my second novel.

My epic fantasy tale came across my desk from time to time, and I had always meant to write it, but maybe now is the time I should reconsider it…

 

Here is a picture of me drawing the map in 2006: (at a late night writing session… at a time when there weren’t any combs or brushes anywhere near…)

 

 

 

 

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SINGULARITY50

There is a new website for the anthology-project Singularity50, along with a very nice trailer, check it out:

https://www.singularity50.com/

My story is still in the run for a spot amongst the “most thought provoking voices in new SF” – I have my fingers crossed…

Singularity50 is part of the create50 project. As a writers you submit, critique and get a chance to re-write your material – a process I’m very familiar with through my work as a screenwriter (as Elisabeth Schmied- www.elisabethschmied.com).

The whole process was an exceptionally positive, inspiring experience; an opportunity to meet likeminded writers who elevate each other’s material. Aside from that, I just fell in love with the fictional timeline that was created as a story universe – as I’m sure you will, too.

The anthology comes out this fall, but you can already pre-order it, here: https://www.singularity50.com/buy/

 

 

Check out my Short Story – “We don’t belong…

In the heated climate of a society on the verge of social change, a contemporary witness report at a convention for “Upgrading Society” soon spins out of control and raises the question of who has earned the right to be the future of mankind.

That’s what my latest short story “We don’t belong, we don’t want to belong” is about.

The story is currently running in the Singularity50 competition. That’s one of the short story Projects on Create50 – an online platform founded by the London Screenwriter’s Festival for short stories, screenplays, and short films.

To read, enjoy and comment “We don’t belong, we don’t want to belong“, just follow the link:

http://singularity50.create50.com/scripts/587d2db76e6f6403dc000138

One of these sentences is wrong – guess which

Leanna Blacksmith was born 1980.

She  wrote her first book at the age of four – it was was only five sentences long.

She grew up in a place called Falkenohren – the German word for “hawks’ ears”.

She sometimes writes screenplays with her husband, a writer/director.

She has a son who loves to draw comics.

She’s sometimes seen flying with her winged unicorn right above Vienna’s City Centre.

 

Intro from: “The Dark Maze”

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Craine`s the name. Some while back- my pockets out of charms, and nothing and no one keeping me in Plower’s End- I said to myself, „It`s time to pack my axe and silver chain, and head out into the cornfield maze.“

My way to save them all some trouble. Can`t stand being out here for too long. Darkness gets ahold of me; pulls me down. And I start pulling folks along.
They might not know it but they`re drawn there, too.To that magic realm, the dark cornfield, that surrounds but all of Plower`s End. Come sundown, they’re gathering out there on the edge of plain land. From Eastern Lookout up to HagwitchGate, I see earnest living folks, with dusty pants and blisters, staring into the dark maze. They wanna see them catchers bringing in a horned fiercehorse. Or just some darkclouds rising up.

Their boots are placed onto the last inch of dirt, their eyes fixed onto the cornfield. Like they’d wanna dive in at any moment.

They don’t.
But deep down they all know that every path leads right into the Dark Maze.

Enough about me…

So, writing. Indeed. Fantasy. Science Fiction. Adults. Kids. Comics. I’d love to write a Video Game sometime. But right now, I am working on a TV Mini Series for Austrian Television, an SF novel about a secret government facility and a children’s book about skeletons, zombies and a magical forest full of riddles and monsters.

Working on a Children’s Book

Happy to announce working on a children’s book series about skeletons, zombies, a haunted forest and lots of riddles and monsters.

The idea is to create a cool looking, funny horror story for five to eight-year-olds who start to yawn when they see a fluffy pony or a kid with a schoolbag on the cover of a book. It should be for all those kids who think Halloween is the best time of the year, the kids who can’t wait to finally turn PG-13…